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Winter moisturizing 101: How can I keep my hair moisturized during the winter?

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Keeping your hair moisturized during the winter months is not as hard as it may seem.

Some may shy away from moisturizing their hair in the winter because of the obvious reason - it's cold. But, keeping your hair moisturized in the colder months is just as important as keeping it moisturized in the warmer ones.

Dry scalp is common in the cold weather or if you have high central heating because both can affect the amount of moisture in the scalp, therefore you must keep your hair and scalp moisturized.

The most effective way to moisturize your hair and scalp is with water. The simplest way to moisturize your hair and scalp is by either running your hands under the faucet for a few seconds then running them through your hair, or using a spritz bottle to lightly dampen your hair.

Right after doing either of these methods, apply a little oil or pomade to seal in the moisture.

Of course, in the colder months you may not want to spritz or dampen your hair right before heading outside. Going outside with damp hair can be remedied by moisturizing at night.

Your hair doesn't have to be soaking wet to be moisturized, lightly dampened or spritzed is more than enough. Doing this three or four times a week will ensure that your hair stays moisturized.

This routine also helps to smooth frizzy hair and fly-aways and give older protective styles such as braided updos, cornrows, or twists a fresh look.

After your moisture and seal routine, simply tie on a satin or silk scarf (not too tight) and in the morning your style will look refreshed.

Another thing you can do to keep your hair moisturized in the winter months is pre-shampoo - aka- pre-poo. Do a pre-poo with oil before washing to provide added moisture.

After taking down a style in preparation to wash or 20 minutes before washing, just rub some oil through your hair from roots to ends.

You can then cover your hair with a plastic cap and wash in the morning, or hop in the shower letting the steam work with the oil like a hot oil treatment then wash.

In the winter months also make sure you use moisturizing shampoos and conditioners. You may also want to deep condition more often during the colder months as well.

You can add a more moisture to your conditioners by mixing in a little oil.

As you are about to apply your conditioner pour a quarter sized amount of oil such as olive oil in your hands along with the conditioner and apply the mixture from roots to tips. On soaking wet hair, you can leave this mixture in as a leave-in.

Be sure to pay extra care to the ends of your hair in the winter months. Dry, split ends cause breakage while moisturized ends are more pliable and retain length.

Protect your ends by wearing silk or satin scarves around your shoulders to keep your ends from rubbing against wool coats and cotton sweaters.

Make sure that the hats you wear have a silk or satin lining or wear a silk/satin scarf underneath. Cotton absorbs moisture and also snags your hair, therefore at night use a silk/satin scarf, bonnet or pillow case.

One final tip when it comes to helping your hair retain moisture is to whenever possible stay away from high heat, styling tools i.e. hand-held dryers, flat irons and curling irons.

Challenge yourself to avoid these things altogether this winter season. Preferably, air dry your hair, and blot with a towel. But if you must use heat to dry, use a bonnet-dryer on low heat.

Following one or more of the above steps will ensure that your hair will be moisturized throughout the winter season.

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