One of my favorite parts of the seasons changing is the transition from summer into fall. Air is crisp, leaves change color, sweater weather is in full effect, and pumpkin spice lattes are everywhere. However, there is one downside to the cold that quite literally comes rolling in during the fall and winter season, and that is the chilly air. And you know what cold weather means? Damaged hair.
When the temperatures start to drop, it seems that the upkeep to maintain our hair begins to fall flat. Due to the temperatures, the lack of humidity in the air, and simply the lack of styling on a daily basis, doing hair in the morning just seems to come second to bundling up in scarves, hats, and ear muffs aplenty.
As everyone's on a mission to save their heads during the winter months, sometimes you just have to give in to the weird things that will happen to your beautiful strands. While there's nothing that can stop science from doing its thing during the cold, you can at least learn about it so you can prevent it from completely damaging your mane.
Prepare your heads: Here are five weird things that happen to your hair during the cold, according to science.
1. Your Hair Will Become Dry
You'll learn really fast that the dry air is the root of all evils when it comes to maintaining healthy hair. As the weather gets colder, the moisture starts to decrease, leaving your hair on the dry side. Use preventative care towards your strands to keep them healthy during the chilly months of the year with a hydrating hair mask.
2. It Might Become Dull
As I said before, dry hair is the reason for all the issues that come with cold weather hair. One of the biggest tips to maintain your healthy hair is to keep it as hydrated as possible. Otherwise, your shiny locks will look a little dull, and nobody wants that. Use a hydrating hair mask or a shine mist to maintain its sheen.
3. You'll Get Split Ends
Since the air becomes dryer, and your strands become more brittle, your hair is more prone to breakage and in particular, split ends. You can slow the process of split ends by letting up on the hot tools, or at the very least using heat protection overzealously.
4. There Will Be Static
Rewind back to your middle school science class where you were learning about the atom. The lack of humidity in the air during winter months causes protons, neutrons, and electrons to move about. As electrons move from atom to atom in your hair, this causes an electric charge, which leads to the static cling you often have with your hair and knitwear.
5. You Might Experience Seasonal Hair Loss
Contrary to popular belief, cold weather does not equate to hair loss. However, you are likely to lose more hair during the colder months due to the lack of hydration and humidity than during the warmer months of the year. This is pretty common among women, but it's quite normal. Don't worry, you aren't going bald.
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