If there is one thing I like to complain about, it’s winter.
I don’t like the cold, I don’t like the dry air, I don’t like the lack of sun, hell I don’t even like hockey…and I’m Canadian!
Yeah, I don’t like winter one bit.
Not only can it wreak havoc on our skin, making it quite dry, itchy, and flaky during the colder months, but it can also take a toll on our lovely lady locks.
From dry, brittle hair full of split ends to frizzy, static-prone tresses, our hair needs a little extra DIY TLC every now and then to keep it look its very best.
How does one do this? Pfffft DIY hair masks of course! Intrigued? Good. Keep reading.
Winter Hair Care
With the change in temperature comes a change in how you manage, treat, and style your hair. Simple habits, such as letting your hair air-dry, can cause more damage than you realize.
With the mercury plummeting, the structure of your hair can be weakened. Wet, or even damp hair can freeze and break more easily, causing split-ends. These split-ends then cause your hair to look even more damaged and dull. Compound that with dry, static-causing air and you’ve got one hairy situation going on.
To avoid this make sure you completely dry your hair before leaving the house, and try to only wash your hair every other day. That way you help to lock your hair’s natural moisture into each strand, protecting it against the harsh elements.
If you find your hair still feels a little dry or damaged, try conditioning it each day while only washing it every other day.
Or you could give one of these 3 DIY hair masks a try.
Bye-Bye Dry Hair
- 1/2 cup of Mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons of Honey
Mix the Honey and Mayonnaise until it is well combined and can be easily spread through your hair.
Then just coat your hair with your mixture, cover it with a shower cap, and let it sit for up to 30 minutes.
Then just shampoo and condition your hair as usual and marvel at how freakishly soft your hair feels.
The Mayonnaise helps to infuse your hair with the various fats and proteins it needs to stay strong and resist any future breakages. The Honey, on the other hand, helps to lock moisture into your hair thanks to its humectant properties.
Just make sure you don’t apply this hair mask more than once a week or your hair could start to look a little greasy.
No matter what I do to my hair during the winter, I can never seem to get rid of the frizzies or stop my hair from standing straight up thanks to all the static.
- 1 ripe Avocado
- 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil
- 1 tablespoon of Honey
Similar to the mask above, stir your mixture rigorously until it is completely smooth.
Then just apply it all over your hair, comb through with a wide-tooth comb to make sure it’s evenly coated, and cover with your shower cap.
Leave the mask in your hair for up to 30 minutes before rinsing, shampooing, and conditioning as normal.
Similar to the treatment above, the healthy fats found in the avocado will help to nourish each strand, as well as infusing loads of vitamin E to help give your hair a natural sheen.
In addition to that, the Honey and Olive Oil will help to further moisturize your hair, protect it from future breakage, as well as leave your locks with a natural, healthy shine – something we don’t usually see a lot of during the winter!
Again, be sure to only use this natural hair mask once a week so your hair doesn’t look or feel too heavy.
Okay so I made up that name because I wanted to amuse myself, but this hair mask does help to strip away any lingering build up from products, grease, or just straight up pollution.
And it doesn’t just strip the gunk out of your hair, it also helps to give your hair a good cleansing rinse, as well as combat the static that can build up in our hair during the winter.
- 2 tablespoons of Honey
- 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil
- 1 tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar
Once you’ve got all your ingredients together, give it a good mix until properly combined and apply evenly throughout your hair.
Be sure to brush through your hair with a wide-tooth comb to ensure you haven’t missed any spots.
Next, cover your head with a shower cap and allow the solution to sit in your hair for an hour. Then just rinse, shampoo, condition, and style as normal.
Not only will your hair feel crazy soft, but it will have a healthy glow to it while also feeling clean and gunk-free!
These masks are great for winter hair maintenance, hardly cost any money, and won’t load your hair up with tons of harmful chemicals.
I think winter just got a lot more tolerable!
But before you run off and whip up your own DIY hair masks, I want to hear from you! Does your hair take a serious beating in the winter and if so, do you have a secret haircare trick for the winter months? Share your stories and recipes in the comment section below!