Maintaining your hair extensions with proper habits and care is important year-round, but as the seasons change, parts of your hair care routine might need to change as well. If you’re lucky enough to live in a climate that doesn’t change too much throughout the year, then there probably isn’t much that you need to change about your maintenance routine.
However, if you live far above the equator in places that get bitter cold and dry during the winter, then there are additional steps that you’ll need to take to keep your hair extensions looking fresh.
Condition, Condition, Condition
The summer months have the benefit of not only being warm but also more humid. This moisture in the air can do wonders for our hair depending on the hair type and just how humid it actually is. Winter air, however, can be super dry, which can affect the hair’s ability to maintain moisture.
If you slacked off on your regular deep conditioning routine during the summer, fall and winter are the seasons to get back on track. Skipping even a few conditioning sessions can leave your hair feeling brittle and dry. Use good products like any of the various Design Essentials conditioners, oil treatments and moisturizers to keep moisture locked into your hair, and to protect it from the harsh cold winter air.
Cover Your Hair Properly
If you live in a climate that regularly becomes bitterly cold, you know that you have no choice but to wear a hat or some head covering to keep yourself warm. However, not just any old hat will do. Most hats on the market are made with cotton and other materials that actually remove moisture from your hair. Purchase hats, hoods and head coverings that are lined with silk or satin material to help maintain your hair’s moisture.
Don’t Go Outside With Wet Hair!
Heading out right after a wash might be alright during the summer months when the sun’s heat can help to naturally dry your hair. However, heading out in the dry, cold air with wet hair is a bad idea. This can cause the hair to stiffen and break, leaving you with a seriously unattractive look at best, and damaged hair at worst. Make sure that your hair is basically fully dry, and use protective styling when necessary. Of course, cover your hair with a silk or satin-lined covering before heading out.
Avoid Excess Heat
Cold weather doesn’t mean that your hair can suddenly handle high temperatures. In fact, since your hair will already be struggling to maintain moisture, applying excess heat can be a terrible idea. If you decide to do your hair yourself, avoid heating tools as much as possible. Curling irons, flat irons and other high temperature heating tools can cause damage to your extensions if used improperly.
If you’re going to use heating tools, be sure to protect your hair with heat protectant products. Use your heating tool on as low a setting as possible to protect your hair’s moisture. Otherwise, make a visit to your professional hair stylist for any hairstyle that may require high heat.
Don’t Neglect Your Natural Hair
Even if you’re using hair extensions, your should still pay close attention to the health and well-being of your natural hair and scalp. Dryness can be a serious issue during the winter months, and if your scalp is susceptible to drying out, then you run the risk of having a flaky, dry scalp. Any split ends or severe dryness in your natural hair can prevent your hair extensions from blending as nicely, leaving your hair looking awkward. Be sure to moisturize your scalp and natural hair regularly. You may want to get a trim before installing your extensions for the season, to ensure that your weave looks flawless.