Winter hair care tips

10 TIPS: How to Care for Your Hair in Winter

The Festive Season is here and winter has already set in! This is a time when our hair needs to look its very best, despite the cold weather outside.

Not only does winter affect your skin it also causes problems for your hair. Therefore, it’s time to talk about winter hair care.

“You may already moisturise your skin during the winter months BUT what to do about your hair and scalp?” 

To help you sparkle this season, we’ve put together TOP 10 TIPS about how to keep your locks looking A-grade all winter!

Mens winter fashion


1. Keep Your Home Warm but NOT Hot

Make sure you don’t get a temperature shock when you get home or when you’re going out. If the temperature inside your house or apartment is much warmer than outside it can irritate your skin and scalp.

2. Turn the Hot Water Down

BRRRR… It’s cold, we know! A really hot shower feels so good on a cold weather day. BUT if you wanna care for your scalp, you should turn the temperature of your shower down. Hot water is neither good for your skin or your hair.

Hot water dehydrates your skin and hair. It’s actually like cooking the moisture out of your skin, creepy right?!

Shower head running

Well, to help temper your use of hot water, keep the water heater at the same position all year round OR even better, see if you can edge it down in the fall and winter season.

3. Wash Your Hair to a Minimum

How often are you shampooing? Well, in the cold weather season we found, that if you’re shampooing your hair two or three times a week, you can prevent your hair from drying out too much.

Man showering

4. Oil Your Hair

During the winter season, your scalp will be drier and that can lead to dandruff and scalp irritation, which in the worst-case scenario can lead to hair fall.

No matter how busy you are, really don’t forget the oil your hair needs. It’s really important to keep your scalp moisturized!

Use olive or coconut oil, massage it into your scalp and leave it in for 20 minutes, and finally rinse it out with shampoo and conditioner.

Oil for the hair

5. Double Up On Conditioner

Yup, conditioner is a must! We’ve said it before, conditioning your hair after shampooing should be an important part of your hair routine.

During winter we recommend you to use a deep conditioner plus a leave in treatment, especially for those who are living up North.

Conditioner in hand

6. Dry Your Hair Correctly

When it comes to drying your hair, you should really treat your hair with care.

Even though a blow dryer is the best tool if you wanna style your hair to perfection, it can also be really harmful to your hair as the heat can dry out your hair and scalp.

Blow drying hair using a skeleton brush

Therefore, it’s important that you protect your hair with heat protection like By Vilain Sidekick before you blow dry it. Keep in mind, that heat protection is as important as the actual blow drying part!


7. Allow Your Hair to Air Dry

If possible, it’s a good idea to let your hair air dry and limited your use of tools like dryers and flat irons. Still, be aware that going outside with wet hair in cold weather can cause your hair to freeze and break.

Man with towel dried hair

So if you don’t have time for your hair to dry naturally before going out, then blow dry it and use the cool setting. Once again, remember to use pre-styling spray or a leave-in conditioner before blow drying.

8. Have Your Hair Trimmed Regularly

Whether you have long or short hair, winter weather can make the ends of your hair dry and brittle. Regular trims will keep your hair in good condition and reduce the risk of split ends.

9. Throw On The Hat

To be cool and warm! Well, when the wind starts to blow, it’s time to throw on the hat. Yeah, that means saying goodbye to that awesome hairdo you’ve spent all your morning creating. 

Use a hat to protect the hair against the cold

Still, wearing a hat can add an edge to your look. Just remember to pick a hat that fits your style and face shape!

10. Eat Balanced & Stay Hydrated

Eating a healthy diet full of vitamins is the best way to keep your hair and scalp looking and feeling healthy. Also, make sure you drink plenty of water to keep your hair and scalp hydrated.

Fruits in a bowl


Well, are you set for the winter? Make these TOP TIPS a part of your hair care routine. A little extra care will make a big difference!