While it is time to thank the stars for putting an end to all the sun damage that your hair was being put through, it is also time to start planning a haircare routine that is fit for winter. The onset of winter brings a whole new set of problems that you need to deal with.Your hair retains less moisture, making it brittle and prone to breaking and damage, not to mention the frizz that often comes with your winter wardrobe.
Easy Tips To Maintain Healthy Hair and Scalp in Winter
These problems can be avoided easily as long as you have the right hair care routine for winter. Here's a guide to healthy hair and scalp:
1) Fight The Flakes
Your scalp is drier than ever during the winter months because of the lack of moisture in the atmosphere. This leads to problems like dandruff and scalp irritation, which leads to hair fall. Most people don’t realize that the dandruff problem can be manageable with the right care. All you will need is a couple of tablespoons of olive or coconut oil and a teaspoon of lemon juice. Heat the oil for a couple of seconds until it is warm and then mix it with the lemon juice. Massage the oil into your scalp and leave it in for 20-30 minutes. Rinse it out with shampoo and condition.
2) Control Frizz
One of the most annoying things about winter is all of the static. The sweater, scarves, gloves, and beanies do not do well for your hair, making it a static, frizzy mess. To tackle this, use a vented hair brush that has a combination of plastic and boar bristles while combing your hair. Wash your hair with mildly warm water, not hot water, as the latter will take away the natural oils that protect and nourish your hair. Apply a leave-in conditioner to keep your hair smooth.
3) Shine and Bounce
Less moisture in winter not only dries out your scalp and makes your hair frizzy, but also leaves your hair looking dull and lifeless. Brush out your hair with a wide-toothed wooden comb to remove tangles and apply raw honey to the length of your hair from the roots to the tips. Cover up your hair with a shower cap or towel and leave it on for about 30 minutes. Wash off with lukewarm water. Honey is a humectant that seals in the moisture and helps restore shine and bounce to dull and damaged hair.
4) Olive Oil
Massage your scalp with two teaspoons of olive oil. This helps the oil reach the roots. This effectively moisturizes the scalp and improve blood circulation, ensuring that your follicles get enough nourishment. It will also prevent hair fall. Alternatively, you can use a few tablespoons of the oil to coat the entire length of your hair as a deep conditioning treatment. A must for healthy hair and scalp.
5) Scalp Massage
Preparation is of utmost importance while washing a dry scalp. Massage your scalp with a boar bristle brush before washing to remove buildup of oil, hair products and skin cells. Boar bristles are crafted to lift away dirt and dust and distribute the natural oil from your scalp.
6) DIY Hair Masks
Oil treatment provides a natural moisture balance. We recommend using coconut oil as a highly effective intense natural conditioner for the hair and scalp. Apply directly to dry scalp and hair, put a shower cap on and leave for a minimum of 45 minutes for a deep moisture mask to get a healthy hair and scalp.
7) Fatty Acids
A diet rich in essential fatty acids (like flaxseeds, walnuts and salmon) and minimizing coffee and alcohol can help alleviate dry scalp.
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8) Drink More Water
Water is essential to provide moisture to the scalp. Keeping yourself hydrated will solve scalp issues and is the most convenient and inexpensive thing to do.