Cold weather brings a lot of unwelcome stress due to dry scalp, excessive hair fall and weak hair strands. In spite of following the same haircare regime, to our amazement, it does not suffice the winter chills and leads to further hair damage. The reason behind poor hair quality during winters is the temperature variation indoor and outdoor. It affects your hair strands, leading to split ends and breakage.
Taking care of your crowning glory us vital, it not only boosts confidence it also adds to our over all look. Hair care tips to follow this season to maintain the lustrous mane, here are few tips.
With the fall in temperature, there is a general reluctance amongst people to refrain from regular showers. During winters due to temperature variations outside and in indoors, the dry, windy climate takes a toll on hair health. To maintain the lustrous tresses, it is vital to maintain hygiene standards and avoid infection in scalp.
Hair and Body Hydration
Winters dehydrate body and hair. Drinking a lot of water helps to retain moisture in your hair and scalp and thus, prevents them from drying. Hydration aids the sebaceous glands to secrete oil, which leaves the scalp and hair nourished and healthy.
Dry your hair before stepping out
Wet hair exposed to cold air expands the hair shaft, making the hair more prone to breakage. It is an absolute NO for everyone to leave the house with wet hair. It is advisable to give your hair that extra time in the winter to air dry before sauntering out for the day. If that becomes a little taxing, modify your winter hair care routine, wash your hair at night, and let it dry.
Avoid heat-heavy styling routine
Taking care of your hair in winter months also means, not to expose it to too much heat from tools such as the hair dryers, tongs, straightening irons and curlers. Excessive heat styling is a major culprit for dry and damaged hair. Heat styling amplifies the already fragile state of the hair during winter months as they extract the moisture from the hair strands. A little heat escape during this month helps in maintaining the overall hair health.
Fight the frizz
One of the most bothersome things in winters for hair is the static from the hoodies, sweater, scarves, gloves, and beanies. These all seem to gang up on your hair, making it static and a frizzy mess. To tackle this, use a vented hairbrush that has a combination of plastic and boar bristles while combing your hair. Also, wash your hair only with lukewarm water and not hot water, as the latter will strip away the natural oils that protect and nourish your hair.
Hair Care Tips by Haircare Expert Nirmala Shetty
- Shampoo your hair on alternate days and condition it after every wash.
Use either lukewarm water to wash and rinse your hair as hot water tends to weaken the roots.
For dry, chemically treated and damaged hair, thereafter, towel-dry and apply two to three drops of serum and leave on for extra nourishment, shine and gloss to hair, prevents breakages, tackles frizz and creates tangle-free hair.
Get a regular trim to avoid split ends.
Maintain a particular hairstyle by getting your haircut regularly, depending upon growth of your hair. Avoid changing your hairstyles drastically like from keeping a pony to going bald.
Select your haircare regime according to your hair type. Don’t undermine the use of conditioner, as conditioner is for your hair and shampoo is for your scalp. Choose the appropriate shampoo and conditioner.
In case you are losing hair, make sure that you massage your scalp each morning before your hair wash. This would help you to stimulate your blood vessels and loosen up your scalp. If your scalp is dry, use almond or olive oil, however if your hair is oily, avoid using oil as it would worsen the condition.
While brushing/combing your hair, remain gentle. If you comb too roughly, you might lose those precious strands of hair. The idea is to be patient while brushing/combing and not to rush through the things.
While drying, do not rub the hair. This will weaken the follicle and make the hair brittle and dull. The cuticle of the hair will not lie flat, so it will not be smooth or shiny.
Unhealthy hair results from chlorinated water, pollution, air conditioning, stress, improper weight loss diet, lack of sleep, sudden shock, inadequate sleep, thyroid problems, summer heat, excessive sweating, too many hair washes and dandruff.
Apart from good diet your scalp need looking after. Feeding your scalp with natural ingredients can go a long way to make hair healthy. Use nature’s best of ingredients to create some healthy juices made from leaves, fruits, vegetables, roots seeds and herbs to nourish and revitalize hair.
Here are some recipes to be done at home. These treatments however are to be done regularly and of-course you have to freshly grind it every time.
- ½ cup of papaya paste
- 1 egg
- Freshly ground thick coconut milk 1/2 cup
- 4 tsp of coconut oil
- 4 drops of essential oil either lavender or rosemary or ylang ylang
Method . Grate papaya and beat an egg into it. Grind 1 cup of fresh grated coconut and extract juice. Mix with the papaya paste and add 1/4 cup of coconut milk. Blend all of them in a mixer or blender. Remove in a glass bowl and add 4 drops of essential oil of your choice. First massage warm olive or coconut oil into scalp for 5 mins. Apply the blended paste on scalp and tie it up like a bun. Cover with a shower cap. Shampoo with a mild herbal shampoo and use a herbal conditioner if necessary.
- 1/2 cup coconut water
- 1/2 bunch of fenugreek leaves
- 4 to 5 neem leaves
- 2 egg whites
- 4 Indian gooseberries
- 15 curry leaves
Method: Wash all leaves thoroughly and cut fine. Cut the gooseberries into small pieces. Grind them all in a mixer with some coconut water and extract juice. Beat the egg whites and add to the juice. Massage juice on scalp and hair for about 5 mins. Wash off with lukewarm water first and then cooler water.
Weak hair or unhealthy hair
- 2 tablets of Brewers yeast tablet crushed fine into powder
- 1/4 cup of Fenugreek leaf and curry leaf juice. (Grind Fenugreek leaves and curry leaves to be ground together and extract juice)
- 2 tbsp of sesame seeds (soaked)
- 4 tsp of Fenugreek seeds (soaked)
Method: Grind all together and extract thick lotion. Apply warm coconut oil for 5 mins and then massage the lotion on scalp and hair. Wash after 30 mins with a mild herbal shampoo and a herbal conditioner. Remember to use luke warm water for hair washing and not hot water even in winter months.