Cold, dry winter weather is basically your skin’s worst enemy. Unsurprisingly, it’s not so friendly to your hair either.
Just as dropping temperatures can lead to skin dryness and irritation, they can suck the moisture out of your strands, making them more susceptible to breakage. On top of that, there are a few common habits that could increase your chances for hair damage.
In order to find out what we’re doing wrong when it comes to winter hair care, we went straight to the pros. Read on to find out the absolute worst things you can do to your hair when frigid weather strikes.
1. Going outside with wet hair
You’ve probably heard it before: Don’t go outside with your hair wet or you’ll catch a cold. While that may not necessarily be true, there’s still reason to avoid heading out the door with your hair sopping wet.
“Think about it — when water turns to ice, it expands,” colorist Jehnna Mahoneyat Kennaland Studio told HuffPost via email. “When the hair is wet and you go outside in freezing temperatures, the water crystallizes and expands, physically breaking the hair.”
It’s true. When the weather outside reaches extremely low temperatures, your wet hair can freeze and break.
To prevent that from happening, Galloway, also a colorist at Kennaland Studio, suggested washing your hair at night before bed so it’s dry by morning or investing in a blow dryer (if you don’t have one already).