It is that time of the year again that brings us the dreaded changes. It can be a double whammy due to outdoor winds and the indoor dry artificially heated air. We are naturally concerned about the skin but the hair suffers dryness too. A horrible period mostly for those who suffer from dry hair already. When the hair moisture is looted, it will be vulnerable to breakage, dry scalp, dandruff, frizz and static. Look into the following tips of do’s and don’ts for better winter hair.
1. KEEP HAIR WASHES MINIMUM
Excessive hair washes cause further dryness and irritation. The shampoo will strip away the natural hair oils so limit it to a maximum of twice a week.
2. CHANGE YOUR HAIR PRODUCTS
Temperature switched so you should follow suit. Your hair requirements have changed so should your way of treatment together with the type of products to use. Hydration is now a prime concern.
3. NEVER SKIP CONDITIONER
A conditioner is your best moisturising agent that seals all the moisture needed. It is of utmost importance that you use it after every shampoo during these cold times. For intense hydration lookout for a thick and creamy conditioner with shea butter, jojoba oil and coconut oil. Conditioner will penetrate the hair follicle, act as a cuticle sealant and give the hair protection it needs. It will only take you a few more minutes after a wash. Do a weekly hydrating deep conditioning treatment, and apply a hair mask to ensure your hair is nourished.
4. DO SCALP MASSAGE WITH ESSENTIAL OILS
Massage will promote blood circulation thus nourishing the hair roots, and the scalp, strengthening the hair follicles, preventing hair loss, and stimulating hair growth. Try oils like olive oil, coconut, argan, jojoba, almond, and peppermint. These essential oils can be mixed together to rejuvenate the scalp and hair’s natural conditions.
5. REDUCE HAIR STATIC
A leave-in conditioner and hair mousse will do the trick as well as a silk or satin bonnet and/or silk pillowcase instead of a cotton one. Dry air causes increased friction thus electrically charging the hair. Friction can be caused by scarves, hats, and hoodies and friction together with lack of moisture make hair frizzy and static. Static can make hair difficult to manage, get a detangler to help you control it.
6. TURN DOWN HEAT STYLING
Always apply heat protection serum before blow-drying or using the iron rods because the two will draw moisture out of your hair. Heat styling tools make hair susceptible to damage and more breakage. The hair is already at its weakest and it is delicate and fragile. Keep it protected by all means necessary and opt for air dry.
7. DO YOUR TRIMS
Visit the salon for proper trimming at least every 4-8 weeks. This is to protect your hair from split ends caused by friction.
8. INVEST IN A HUMIDIFIER
Now, this is a double blessing because a humidifier will balance the levels of moisture in the room and prevent dryness which is great for both your skin and hair. Heaters are great to keep us warm but they dry out the air causing more damage than good.
9. CHECK YOUR DIET
Eat a well-balanced diet to get all the vital vitamins and nutrients needed for healthy hair. A good diet together with a good treat will get you through the rough cold months with fewer bad hair days. Have some healthy fats, leafy greens, and citrus fruits to protect your hair against breakage and split ends.
10. STAY HYDRATED
Drink enough water to keep yourself well hydrated all the time. Your hair will be directly impacted by dehydration and less moisture brings less growth.
Be gentle to your hair, especially when using a comb. use a wide-tooth comb, invest in heat protectors, good leave-in conditioners, sulfate-free shampoos, and satin/silk bonnets for an overnight treat. Try them out and enjoy the treats.
**LIFE IS BETTER WHEN YOU HAVE GREAT HAIR, HAVE YOURSELF GREATER HAIR DAYS**