The chill can take its toll on our skin and it can also do damage to our hair. Here are five tips to help you keep your locks protected this season.

Many people struggle with their skin during the winter months. There is even a term for this – ‘winter skin syndrome’ – that affects around 48% of people throughout the season. This can lead to dry, itchy, uncomfortable skin and a compromised skin barrier. But it’s not just your complexion that takes a knock when the weather is cold, but your hair, too.

If you want to ensure that your strands stay protected this winter for gorgeous, healthy locks all year round

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…here are five tips to keep them safe and silky.

Tip #1: Replenish lost moisture with conditioner and masks. The dry winter air can strip your hair of some of its much-needed moisture. Replace it by using conditioner when washing (applying from the mid-section of your hair to the ends) and using a nourishing mask at least once a week. A leave-in oil can also help to add shine and hydration.

Tip #2: Limit your use of your blow dryer and hot styling tools. Regardless of the season, using heat to dry and style your hair can cause damage, making it dry and brittle. The winter air can do the same, so spare your strands from experiencing a double-whammy by taking a break from your tools. Or, at least, limit your use and use a leave-in product that offers protection.

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Tip #3: Invest in a humidifier to combat dry air. Thanks to heaters and radiators, the air inside during winter can be *just as drying* as it is outdoors. This is where using a humidifier can help. Invest in a small portable one that you can use at your work desk as well as on your nightstand so that you keep the moisture levels around you up.

Tip #4: Keep your hair covered with a hat when you go out. During the winter months, the elements can wreak havoc on your locks. Between the dry air and the wind, it’s challenging to keep hair hydrated. Covering it with a hat when you go out can help to keep it protected and frizz-free (while also making sure that you stay warm).

Tip #5: Make sure your hair is dry before heading out in the cold. If the weather is icy, the water in your wet hair can freeze and break. This is why it’s crucial that your hair is dry before you venture outside in freezing temperatures. Where possible, plan your day in such a way that you can allow it to air dry instead of subjecting your locks to potentially damaging heat.