How To Protect Your Hair From The Polar Vortex

Illustrated by Anna Sudit.
 By Devri Valezquez  

Okay, so unless you’ve been living under a rock  a nice, warm rock on Mars  then you've probably been shivering since early January. Unfortunately, just because we're in the dead of winter doesn't mean we have the luxury of putting life on hold and staying cuddled up in bed all day. For anyone who must go about daily life regardless of whether the temperature dips below zero, read on for advice for keeping your mane in check throughout the harsh season. 

Seal in moisture. 
In colder climates, your hair tends to lose moisture faster than in warmer ones. To prevent dryness and damage, do your normal daily hair routine, but focus on your ends where your hair is oldest and most dry.

Try a hot oil treatment. We like Arbre de Vie Shea Hot Oil Treatment and VO5 Hot Oil Shower Works, but if you’re a DIY kind of woman, try this soothing homemade recipe, instead. 

Gels like Curls Curl Gel-les'C and Curly Hair Solutions Gel are great for smoothing fly-aways and keeping your curls looking fresh and moisturized all day. If you're not a gel fan, go for a smoothing lotion like Curl Junkie Curl Assurance or Miss Jessie's Pillow Soft Curls

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Illustrated by Anna Sudit.
Clip your split ends.
Curly-haired girls should aim to get trims every few weeks. If you’ve been putting off a trip to the salon, now is the time to get those unhealthy ends snipped off. If your stylist is booked, or you're trying to save some cash, try trimming your own hair.  

Opt for a quick, protective style. 
Been eyeing a cute tutorial video on YouTube? Now is the perfect time to try out a protective style or a style where the oldest and most fragile part of the hair is tucked away and sealed with some kind of moisturizer. This type of style will keep your ends away from the harmful elements. Bonus: Protective styles benefit hair growth and help to seal in moisture. 

Put a lid on it.
Protect your tresses from damaging cold air and wind by donning a hat, head wrap, or baseball cap. Spray some static guard inside the lining of your hat to prevent frizz and flyaways. At night, sleep with a satin or silk head scarf or on a pillow of the same material. This will help prevent static cling, knots, and breakage. 

We're almost there. Just a few more weeks before your hair — and the rest of you! — is free from the clutches of extreme cold.
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