Winter can really take a toll on your hair. Harsh wind causes breakage, and low temperatures and decreased humidity certainly don’t help.
Common problems include dry scalp and dandruff, dull hair look, lost shine and even thinning hair.
Static electricity from wool sweaters and hats make it almost impossible to have a good hair day. But don’t fall into despair just yet: a little adjustment of your beauty routine and some smarter choices can help your hair survive until Spring.
Avoid Over-Washing Your Hair
Weather conditions might make you wash your hair frequently in an attempt to finally style it well.
However, over-washing your hair won’t do you any good. Hot water will dry out your scalp further which may lead to unpleasant feeling of itchiness or dandruff.
You can use home remedies to keep the scalp and hair nicely moisturized: before hitting the shower, massage the scalp with some coconut oil or tea tree oil. Both are very effective and provide good hydration.
Reduce washing your hair to 2-3 times per week. Try using apple cider vinegar for rinsing: glossy hair guaranteed!
Revive Your Hair From The Inside
In order to keep your hair healthy during winter, you have to adjust your diet and provide it with needed nutrients from the inside.
For that killer shine, you’ll be needing proteins (found in chicken, eggs, fish), iron (red meat, spinach, broccoli), Omega-3 (salmon, avocado, pumpkin seeds), Vitamin C (oranges, sweet potatoes), Vitamin E (nuts), Vitamin A (carrots, pumpkins), as well as zinc and selenium (beef, whole grains).
B-complex vitamins help with restoring shine and support hair thickness. Some vitamins and minerals are harder to incorporate into your daily menu so many women choose to take supplements.
Deep Conditioning Treatments To The Rescue
Dry hair during Winter months needs heavy hydration. There are many leave-in conditioners on the market with rich formulas that will nourish your hair.
Before applying the desired mixture, rinse your hair with warm water. This will cause the cuticles to open and they will lock in the nutrients better. Look for ingredients such as avocado oil, shea butter, aloe vera, and jojoba oil as they are best for moisturizing.
Typically, 20 minutes is enough for the nutrients to penetrate the hair but there are also formulas that are suitable for overnight treatments. You can even lay off the shampoo completely and try the co-washing method.
Be Savvy With Fighting Static Electricity
Wearing a hat flattens your hair and it causes statics but you have to stay warm, right?
Try this simple trick: wrap your hair in a silky scarf before putting your hat on. It will prevent breakage and you’ll avoid the direct contact with the wool.
Another way to fight statics is to use brushes with natural bristles: they distribute your natural oils across the hair and are a better choice in comparison to plastic combs.
Keep Your Hair Nicely Trimmed
Say goodbye to split ends during Winter by trimming hair regularly. Cutting an inch or two every six weeks ensures a healthy growth and keeps your look nice and polished. As for styling, don’t go heavy on the heating tools.
If you do use them for styling, make sure to apply heat defense products before to prevent damage. To avoid breakage, don’t blow-dry and brush your hair when it’s completely wet. Alternatively, you can use a wide tooth comb and gently untangle.
Use a cotton T-shirt or a soft towel and wrap up your hair after washing.
In addition to all of the mentioned, consider installing a humidifier in your home. Winter weather implies decreased humidity which causes your hair to dry out. It goes through a lot of stress with switching between heated indoors and harsh cold outside.
Winter does have its charms but your hair certainly prefers Spring. Take these tips into consideration and you can make your hair healthy and beautiful, no matter the season!
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