Snow on Your Hair

Long hair, covered with snow
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Q: Is snow bad for your hair? I find it beautiful and romantic when there is snow on my hair. But, how dangerous is it? Is it unhealthy for my hair?
A: When snowflakes land on your hair, they bring a touch of winter magic. However, the story takes a different turn when it comes to the well-being of your hair. The idyllic image of hair covered with snow hides the potential risks it may pose to your locks. Snow itself is not harmful to your hair, but the weather conditions associated with snow can be dangerous for the health of your hair.
One of the possible problems in snowy weather is the cold air that comes with it. Cold air is often dry and can extract moisture from your hair, making it dry and more susceptible to breakage. Dry hair is not only more sensitive to damage, but dryness can also lead to frizzy and dull-looking hair. You can combat this dryness by using moisturizing products to care for your hair.
The cold air can cause the outer protective layer of your hair, the cuticle, to contract. This can cause your hair to lose its suppleness, making it more susceptible to damage, leading to breakage and split ends. This is especially a risk for people with already damaged or weakened hair.
When snowflakes descend on your hair, they can melt and turn into moisture. Although you might think that moisture is welcome in the dry winter air, it can cause potential issues. The melted snow, now water, can penetrate the hair shaft. When this water freezes again, it can make your hair more susceptible to breakage.
The accumulation of snowflakes on your hair can create a thin layer of ice crystals, making your hair feel heavier and possibly causing it to tangle. Moreover, the melting of the snow will make your hair wet, and we all know that hair is weakest when wet. Gently detangling with a wide-toothed comb or your fingers is a possible solution to address this without damaging your hair.
And we must not forget that the combination of dry winter air and certain fabrics can cause the dreaded static electricity. Some people confuse one with the other. It is not the snow that makes the hair static but rather the overall weather conditions associated with it and the fabrics of certain winter clothing we wear.
See also: Can rain make you go bald?