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Harsh, freezing weather plays havoc with hair and hair extensions. Protect your hair with a few easy to follow tips that will keep your hair soft and subtle until warm weather returns and spring flowers begin to bloom.

When possible, keep the temperature of your hair above the freezing point of 32 degrees. That means that every time you leave home and the weather report predicts cold, cold conditions, put on a hat or wrap a scarf around your head. Hats, particularly knitted hats, often ruin a good hairdo, so when possible place a cotton or wool scarf under a loosely fitting cap.

Use a vaporizer or humidifier in your bedroom at night to maintain moisture in your skin and hair. Cold air dries and cracks hair extensions just as it affects your natural hair. Dryness is especially prevalent in locations that experience snow that remains on the ground for the duration of the winter or have high winds.

Condition your hair extensions more often during dry, freezing conditions. Moisturizers in a professional conditioner are absorbed into the hair follicles and keep the strands pliable. Never cut corners by purchasing a cheap, poor quality conditioner. Remy human hair extensions deserve a conditioner that does not contain a long list of chemical ingredients.

A vitamin and mineral supplement from a whole foods grocery store or health food store will help maintain nutrient levels in your natural hair. Use this tip year round to retain luster and consistent hair growth. Diet makes a big difference in how your hair looks and feels. Eat nutritiously during cold periods.

Avoid high temperature blow dryers that dry your hair immediately. Consider lowering the temperature and fan speed of your hair dryer. If time permits, blow dry at lower temperatures, let the hair rest for 15 to 20 minutes and then blow dry again to lengthen the time it takes to completely dry your hair and extensions.

Water may be the single most important factor in maintaining moist hair and hair extensions. Of course, extensions are not directly connected to your natural roots. Add moisture to your natural hair by drinking more water. Any water... tap, spring, or filtered. Any kind of water helps but carbonated water in soft drinks is harder for the cells to process and absorb.

To moisten your hair extensions, soak you hair in warm water twice a week and then use a moisturizing spray to pull that water into the hair extensions.

Be aware that poor quality human hair extensions will not respond to these tips.

Logan is founder of Donna Bella Milan hair extensions and lashes and author of the Donna Bella weblog.