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Winter is finally here. Winter as we all know is the time about comfort, warmth, and coziness. With the hot chocolate and holiday season, winter is also all about taking extra care of your hair. This is the time where your hair needs extra care and pampering to look at its very best.
Not only does winter cause problems to your skin, but it also adversely affects your hair. Therefore, it’s time to talk about winter hair care.
“You may already be moisturizing your skin with your favorite moisturizer, BUT what about your hair and scalp”?
Here is the catch. Take these tips into consideration to keep your hair look sparkling and shining all winter.
TIP 1: Moisturize Your Scalp with Hair Oil
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Just like your skin, your scalp needs its food and that is hair oil. Moisturize your scalp with hair
oil. During winters, your scalp gets dry and itchy due to lack of moisture in the air. The dryness can cause dandruff, scalp irritation, and flakiness, causing hairfall. A hot oil massage with nourishing hair oil like coconut and olive oil works like wonders.
TIP 2: Avoid Frequent Hair Wash
Well, you might be washing your hair frequently. But during winters, you need to give it a pause. Wash your hair to the minimum. Frequent hair washing with shampoo strips off its natural oils, causing further dryness and irritation, especially in winters. In winters, try to extend the time between your hair wash.
TIP 3: Conditioning the Hair
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Yup, the conditioner is a must! Never skip conditioner during the winters. Conditioning your hair right after shampoo should be an important hair care routine during winters. Use a thick, creamy conditioner containing natural oils like coconut, olive, jojoba oils, and shea butter for deep hydration and nourishment.
TIP 4: Avoid Heat Styling Tools
Your hair is already delicate and dry during winters. Using heat styling tools will only double the dryness of your hair and scalp. It can further damage your hair. Embrace your natural hair texture and allow natural air to dry your hair as much as possible. Avoid blow-drying as it draws moisture out of your hair.
TIP 5: Don’t Step Outside with Wet Hair
Cold air expands the hair shafts, making them prone to breakage, and may cause color fading. In winters, always dry your hair before you step out into the sun. Get your hair extra time to air dry, or better yet, modify your hair routine and wash your hair at night, if going out is utmost necessary.
TIP 6: Cover Your Hair
Well, it’s time to throw your hat. Your hair gets stressed when it is exposed to the cold and dry wind and snow. Keep it covered with a scarf or a hat. You can line your hat with silk or satin cloth to prevent friction from the cotton and woolen materials. Remember to choose the hat or scarf that gives you an edgy look to your style and personality.
TIP 7: Turn the Hot Water Down
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BRRR…it’s cold. Totally hot water is totally acceptable in this cold weather. But a very high- temperature hot water is not a good idea if you want to take care of your scalp. Hot water can remove natural oil and moisture from your scalp, making it very dry. Always wash your hair with lukewarm water and blast with cold water at the end to help seal the hair cuticles.
PS: Remember, hot water is neither good for your skin or your hair.
TIP 8: Get Regular Trims
The dry and cold air in the winter causes hair breakage and split ends. Friction from hats and scarves puts additional strain on your hair. To prevent this, whether you have short hair or long hair, winter weather can make the ends of your hair dry, and yes, it is a good idea to trim your hair regularly. This keeps your hair looking fresh in the winter and reduces the risk of split ends.
TIP 9: Eat Healthy & Stay Hydrated to Keep Your Hair Healthy
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Eating a healthy diet full of vitamins is the best way to keep your hair and scalp looking and feeling healthy. Foods rich in protein are beneficial for health. Increase your intake of all essential vitamin-rich foods like carrots, eggs, pumpkins, and berries. Follow a healthy balanced diet that combines vegetables, leafy greens, dairy products, omega-3 fatty acids, and meat to keep your body and hair healthy. Also, make sure to drink plenty of water to keep your hair and scalp hydrated.
Winter is the time that zaps out moisture from your hair. We hope that this above hair care tips, you'll be able to flaunt soft, shiny and healthy hair.