How to Keep The Freezing Cold From Completely Wrecking Your Hair

Winter caps are notoriously drying no matter what your hair type, but if you have chemically processed hair, it’s super-important to do something to avoid breakage and shedding.

Feb 27, 2014 at 2:00pm | Leave a comment

What’s that you say? You can’t bear to hear another word about the cold-ass weather? Well too bad, my friends, because I’m about to bring it up again. But I’m not just here to bitch about the finger-numbing temperatures -- I have some helpful advice! 

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See this hat I’m wearing? It’s good for my ears, but horrible for my hair.

Before I get into it, let me just say that I can’t take all the credit for the genius tip that I’m a few sentences away from sharing with you (I’ll get there, I promise).

You see, I was chit-chatting with a fellow beauty editor during a recent press event, and as she was getting ready to leave, she whipped a silk scarf out of her purse and started tying it around her head. Then she nonchalantly put on her hat. It caught me off guard so I abruptly stopped talking.

She said, “Girl, don’t mind me. It’s just…why risk it?” I knew exactly what she meant. We both have relaxed hair, which is fragile enough as it is, let alone when you add a wool or cotton hat to the mix.

Winter caps are notoriously drying no matter what your hair type, but if you have chemically processed hair, it’s super-important to do something to avoid breakage and shedding. That’s where the silk scarf comes in. I wrap my hair with one at night BECAUSE COTTON PILLOWCASES ARE EVIL, but it hadn’t occurred to me to wear a scarf underneath my hat. Duh!

Is my brain malfunctioning due to the cold? Yeah, let’s go with that excuse. Regardless, I’ve been using this stolen idea ever since the event.

I’ve been dealing with some hair thinning issues lately, so I’ve become much more diligent about doing whatever I can to stop more strands from falling out. I haven’t been to a hair clinic yet to figure out exactly why I’m losing hair, but my stylist thinks aging is to blame. He’s probably right. After all, I’m turning thirty (mumble, mumble) years old in June.   

Back to the head wrap thing. The scarf that I use at night is really old and worn like a blanky that I can’t let go of. I don’t dare risk it being exposed in public. Luckily, I have plenty of other options because every time I get a silky scarf in a swag bag, I stash it in my apartment with the thought that eventually I will find the strength to let go of my beloved ancient piece of fabric. That hasn’t happened yet. If you don’t have a silk scarf lying around, check your local TJ Maxx or a thrift store. You can usually score cheap ones there. 

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Behold a few scarves from my stash.

The wrap only needs to be big enough to tie snugly at the base of your neck. Mine is pretty large, so I just tuck the ends into the sides of my hat to hide them. The upside of choosing a larger scarf is that if you find a cute design (some of the ones out there are kind of hideous), you can make like a French woman and wear it around your neck during the spring and fall. Picture that look with some ginormous sunglasses -- so chic. 

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This is the part where I start picturing myself in a convertible wearing retro shades.

So now that you know what’s hiding under my winter hat, it’s only fair that you tell me what you’re doing to keep this brutal winter season from wrecking your beautiful hair. Are you using intense conditioners, oils, illegal black market repair potions or what? ‘FESS UP, PEOPLE!