How to Keep Your Hair Healthy with the Furnace on ...

It’s fall now, which means your heat may have come on a time or two. Mine certainly has. With that comes the risk of dry, brittle hair because the drier air inside tends to suck the moisture from your strands. You don’t have to resign yourself to icky hair until the weather warms up again because there are several things you can do to protect your mane and stay looking and feeling gorgeous all through the fall. Try one or all of these things and you’ll love the way your hair looks.

1. Try Hair Products That Contain Shea Butter

Shea butter is super hydrating and can really help keep dry hair at bay when you’re inside with the furnace humming. Look for shea butter in your shampoo and conditioner and you’ll lock in moisture to each and every strand, helping keep your hair healthy and full of moisture. Easy, right?

2. Try Swiping Your Hair with Dryer Sheets

When my hair gets dry and the heat is blowing, it gets really frizzy and full of static. I hate that, don’t you? To counteract that frizz, gently swipe a dryer sheet through your hair, from the roots to the tips. This coats your hairs and helps them adhere to the others, keeping them all in place. If you have really thick hair, you may need more than one dryer sheet to get the job done.

3. Turn down the Heat in the Shower

There’s no one who hates a cool shower more than I do, but really hot water can do a number on your hair. Turning the water heat down just a little bit can really save your hair when the heat is blasting and mercury drops outside. You don’t have to go so cold that you can’t stand it, but just a touch cooler and your hair will thank you.

4. Run a Humidifier in Your House when It’s Cold outside

The trick to battling the dry air inside is adding moisture back into it. You can do this by running a humidifier to pump the air with more moisture, which in turn means that your hair will be better hydrated. You can use a humidifier at home, but having one at the office is a great idea too. No one is going to believe how great your hair looks this fall!

5. Don’t Leave the House with Wet Hair

You may have to plan ahead to make sure this doesn’t happen to you, but going outside with wet hair means it might freeze, which can lead to breakage. Gently blow dry your hair before you head to work or to drop the kids off at school. I usually wash my hair at night so it can air dry before morning, which is another option that works when you don’t want to get up early.

6. Try to Limit the Amount of Heat Styling You do

When the furnace is on all day it makes your hair dry, but when you use your blow dryer, straightener or curling iron, you take even more moisture from your strands. Try to limit heat styling in the fall and your hair will definitely look better because of it.

7. Use Products That Increase Hydration to Your Hair

To counteract the damaging effects of the heater, start using products that can help reverse the issue. A good quality leave-in conditioner will help keep hair in place all day and prevent the moisture from being sucked out. You can also use hair oil to add moisture back into your strands and protect each one individually.

Does your hair suffer the effects of running the furnace? What do you do to keep it healthy?