WINTER CARE FOR HAIR
Its ironic that I chose to write this blog at a time when I am myself suffering from dryness, breakage and hair fall, but then, it’s the best time to let you know what all worked for me because, I have seen a considerable change in the last few weeks. It is not an unknown fact that winter and good skin and hair are not best of friends! And if you do not take good care, you end up looking like a log of wood with scaled dry skin with dry fizzy hair. As this blog is about hair… lets focus on the key problem you might face during winters and then we shall discuss on what home-made solution can work the best at these times.
Winters means colder temperatures and lack of moisture and its brutal on the hair leaving them lifeless, damaged and dry. When you are out, the harsh winds and cold temperature whip the hair into a mess and the dryness inside home and office with all those heating systems does only more harm and thus weakens the cuticle of the already dry hair. Hair and scalp are very sensitive to climatic changes. And the most common hair problems during winter include – dry hair, rough hair, dry scalp, dandruff, split ends and breakage to name a few.
Though hair problems can be a result of a number of issues like genetics, pollution, stress, eating habits, deficiency but in winter the problem just aggravates. For me, I have early signs of alopecia and so I really need to take extra care of my hair. I have my share of hair problems and I look for solutions in natural ingredients. In today’s blog I shall be discussing on the main hair issues and how you can work them out without going for expensive treatments and spending a lot of money on products.
Hair Problems during winter and solutions
- Dry Scalp and Hair – This is one of the most common issues we face in winter. And the reason is the climate which is usually dry and lack of moisture leads to the dryness.
Solution – Drink loads of water! I know I just keep saying this in every hair and skin care blog, but trust me drinking water solves so many problems. Also restrict yourself from using heating equipment like dryer, straighteners or curlers etc, they only tend to make your hair rough. Use more of hydrating products for your hair.
- Flaky and Itchy Scalp – It’s only natural that our skin goes dry in winters and that also happens with our scalp. Our scalp being more sensitive and at times not cared enough becomes flaky and itchy.
Solution – It’s advisable to change your hair products to a hydrating one in winters. And hot oil massages are a great way of rejuvenating and re-hydrating our scalp. If your scalp is der and itchy due to winters oil massage can be a good solution for the same.
- Dandruff – Though dry scalp and dandruff are closely related, dandruff is a more serious problem and you need to pay good attention to the problem.
Solution – If you have a dandruff problem, oiling is not a good idea! It only aggravates the problem, instead shift to hair masks. Here are few tries and tested hair masks that you can definitely give a try – read –
- Split ends – Split ends are results of dry and damaged hair. And it can be a common problem during winters.
Solution – Honestly, the best solution to get rid of split end is trimming. But if you are not ready to trim those broom-like ends, you might want to go for hair spas and hydrating masks.
- Static – This is another major winter hair problem. When the temperatures dip, your hair picks up an electrical charge from the dry air, causing it to stand up. It can also be a result of the styling tools which tend to dry out the hair. This can also be a result of the use of caps and winter hats.
Solution – Switch to hydrating hair products, including shampoo and conditioners. And try retaining as much moisture in your hair possible. Use leave-in conditioners and creams to sooth your hair down at these times.
- Hair fall and breakage – Those who have fine hair like me need to be extra careful during winters. Our hair is already lacking moisture and to top it up our fine hair requires the tiniest little reason to break. And its not only the outside temperatures, but the heating systems inside home too are responsible as much.
Solution – I usually change my shampoo to a herbal and hydrating one in winters and condition every time I wash my hair. Keep my hair tied most of the time, try drinking lots of water even though I am not often thirsty during winters (which is normal). And if you do not have a dandruff issue, a hot oil massage can be a good option.
Here are some tips you can follow to keep those locks shiny, healthy and hydrated
- Hydrate your hair overnight with serums or oils or overnight masks.
- Do not go out in damp or wet hair, it only makes your hair prone to fading and breakage.
- Allow your hair to air dry.
- Avoid using heating tools like dryers and straighteners. It rids your hair of moisture and can cause harm in the long run.
- Shift to herbal hair products, they are milder and see that you choose a hydrating one.
- Avoid washing your hair daily.
- Double up your conditioner. And use it every time you wash your hair, even if you are not using a shampoo.
- To combat static, you can rely on leave-in serums. What I usually do is, whenever I am applying cream on my face, I just swap my hands over my hair too with the cream left in my hands… it lightly moisturizes and soothes my hair.
- Hot oil massages are a good option during winters(avoid oil if you are prone to dandruff)
- When you wash your hair make sure you wash off the conditioner with normal or luke warm water. It helps hair to retain the moisture for a longer time.
- Drink loads of water
- Winter is a season of real good fruits and leafy vegetables, indulge in them!
However, there are certain hair issues that require more than personal care and make sure you see an expert other than experimenting with different products and hair routines. Some alarming reasons maybe –
- Sudden unexplained extreme hair loss
- Hair loss with itching, redness and pain
- Hair loss due to some medication
- Hair loss accompanying with unusually heavy menstrual bleeding