Winter season is around the corner. This is the best season to have green leafy and healthy foods. The season is best to relax and sleep. However, it can be really miserable for hair, especially dry hair. The condition of dry hair type worsens with weather getting colder. This is because cold wind works hard to pull the moisture out from the hair thus making it rough, dull, and difficult to manage.
For this reason, it is recommended to take a few precautions along with a good hair care regimen to maintain healthy hair. Proper cleaning during the season is one of the crucial steps. Even though there are numerous hair care treatments to avail easily and make the hair free from dullness and dryness.
Check out the following tips and precautions to take good care of your hair during winters.
- Hydration is the Key
Being dry season, winters make skin and hair even dry. For this reason, it is important to hydrate your hair overnight using a serum or oil. Air of dry nights can pull out all the moisture from skin and hair. However, it is equally important to retain the moisture of the hair form internally as well. This can be done by drinking sufficient amount of water through the day, at least 8-10 glasses a day.
Furthermore, hot oil provides excellent benefits to treat dry and fragile hair. You can do this using any oil of your choice, like almond oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, or even simple coconut oil. Take a bowl and put equal quantities of oils of your choice. Heat the oils for 3-4 minutes on low flame. Be careful! Overheated oil can damage the scalp and hair as well. Apply this lukewarm oil using gentle circular motions with your fingertips. Massage well for at least 10 minutes. Leave the oil to work for at least two hours or overnight. Rinse off with a mild shampoo.
- Use a mild Shampoo
It’s good if you are already using a sulfate-free shampoo. But, if you’re not, you surely need to make a switch because sulfate shampoos pull out moisture pull off the moisture from the scalp and hair.
- Reduce the Frequency of Washing Hair
If you experience dry hair while still using mild shampoo and deep conditioning, try washing your scalp less often. For example, if you are presently washing your hair two times a week, make it once a week. However, don’t extend it to bi-weekly.
- Wear a Silk Cap or a Hat with Silk Lining
Cotton, wool, and other boorish fabrics can cause breakage and split ends, more specifically on natural-textured or curly hair. It is, therefore, advised to line your cotton or wool hats with satin or silk. You can even DIY by using an old fabric, such as silk blouse or vintage scarf, to measure and sew it on the inner side of the hat.
- Don’t Step out with Damp Hair
It is highly recommended to not step out with damp hair. This is important to prevent breakage and split ends. In spite of lack of time in the morning, it is important that you dry out your hair completely before hitting the cold weather outside. It is a well known fact that anything that is extremely cold tends to expand. This further increases the risk of breakage and also makes the hair color go lighter.
- Avoid Heat Styling Tools
The high heat and dryness from heating tools can lead to breakage and split ends. Therefore, restrict the use of heat styling tools or use a special heat protection serum, like leave-in conditioners to prevent breakage. Moreover, it is better to opt for protective hairstyles like buns, braids, ponytails, and twists. These hairstyles provide hair time off from heat routine.
- Leave-in Conditioner for Static Hair
Floating hair strands are common during winter which indicates dryness in scalp and hair. Therefore, to combat the problem of static hair, it is wise to keep the hair hydrated through regular conditioning followed by locking it in using a leave-in conditioner.
- Go for Oil-based Moisturizer to Retain Moisture
Dry winter air may harm any hair type. The only way to overcome it is through some extra moisture. Natural, wavy, curly, relaxed, and coiled hair is more prone to damage, like breakage, brittleness, and split ends due to cold and dry weather. Include a heavier-than-usual oil based moisturizer for it evaporates more gradually to protect textured hair from damage.