If you live in an area that endures harsh winters and regular cold weather, you’re likely to be familiar with the effects of the cold and dry air on your hair. The dry, static, frizz will be a common battle, especially if you already suffer from dry hair.
When your hair is exposed to harsh winter elements, especially when they are constantly treated by hot heating tools, the moisture can be taken from your hair. Not protecting your hair will not make the strands dry; the cold air can cause scalp dryness and dandruff.
So, how to take care of your hair during those winter months?
#1 – Keep Your Hair Moisturized
Switching between cold outside air and unnaturally heated homes can dry the hair out. It’s not just the lengths that will feel dry, and it is common to suffer from a dry, flaky scalp. Adding a leave-in hair conditioner to your hair routine can help combat dryness.
Apply a few drops of nourishing hair oil at the end of the lengths to help prevent breakage and replenish dryness. Some of our favorite ingredients for nourishing dry hair is Argan and jojoba oil.
To help calm dandruff due to a dry, flaky scalp, apply a heavier oil treatment like coconut or castor oil to the scalp. Let the oil sink into your scalp for 20-30 minutes to deeply moisturize the skin, before washing your hair as normal.
Weekly hair treatments can make a world of difference to dry, damaged locks. They don’t just add moisture to dry hair, and they can be an excellent preventive measure to ensure your hair never starts to look dry. Hair masks can boost your hair’s health when used once a week and usually only take around 20 minutes. Hair companies offer different mask types to help solve different hair problems, choose one that suits your hair texture and type.
If you find none of those above treatments are helping, try hydrating your hair overnight with hair oil and serum. An overnight hair treatment will work itself into hair strands, offering deep hydration. A great natural overnight hair treatment is coconut oil, which can be applied from root to tip. These products work better when applied to dry hair rather than wet, and the oil will pass more successfully through dry hair.
#2- Don’t Over Wash Your Hair.
Over washing your natural hair will strip off all its vital natural oils, these oils will keep your hair moisturized and protected. By stripping your hair, you are only going to increase the dryness.
If possible, extend the period between hair washes for as long as you feel comfortable. The exact length depends on your type of hair and lifestyle, try every other day or every two days. Use dry hair shampoo to keep your hair looking fresh. Also, try washing your hair only with conditioner and skipping the shampoo to preserve the hair’s moisture.
When you do wash your hair, your choice of shampoo is incredibly important. A professional detoxing or moisturizing shampoo can make a huge difference to your hair and scalp. Eliminating sulfates and parabens from your hair care routine can reduce the dryness. Tea tree oil has been proven to remove oil build-up and has antibacterial properties that can aid scalp problems.
If the dryness seems never-ending, a medicated shampoo may be an ideal way to naturally balance your scalp. Medicated shampoos can be used every day because they will not strip the hair of its natural oils.
#3- Avoid Heat Styling
Avoid Using a heat styling tool. It’s one of the biggest culprits in causing dry, damaged hair. During the winter months, when your hair is already suffering from dryness, heat styling will only magnify the problem. Avoid using a blow-dryer. Try air-dry your hair instead of blowing drying, using hair oil to tame frizz.
To protect your hair, you may have to surrender your straightening and curling iron and embrace your natural wavy curls. Use this time to experiment with heatless tools like foam rollers and new hairstyles like twists and ponytails.
#4- Invest in Silk
Woolen hats may be a staple in our winter wardrobes, but it may be causing hair static and breakage. Fitted hats can trap oils at the roots and leave the ends looking and feeling fry.
Wrap a silk scarf around your head before putting on your favorite hat, this will reduce frizz and dry ends, plus you won’t get that awful hat hair. Because silk is a naturally hypoallergenic material, it prevents knotted hair and split ends by stimulating hydrations. Cotton and woolen material is made from a weave that grips and tugs at the strands of hair; this causes damage and breakage.
Investing in a silk pillow will help your hair stay hydrating overnight and not cause you to wake up with a messy mane of dry knots.
Treat it From The Inside.
A single strand of hair is made up of 25% water. This is why moisturizing your hair is as much about your insides as your outsides. Drinking more water encourages hair growth and stimulates a healthier scalp. Staying hydrated will help eliminate scalp problems like flakiness, itchiness, and dryness.
A diet rich in essential fatty acids like flaxseeds, walnuts, and salmon can help alleviate a dry scalp. You may notice that minimizing your intake of coffee can help improve the dryness of your hair. Kelp, which is high in iodine, is known to support hair growth and scalp healing. Talk to a doctor or dietician for professional advice on scalp health.
Your scalp is constantly dry to adjust to the cold air outside and the artificial heat indoors. This is why it is important to care for your hair, both inside and out. By not staying hydrated and using the correct products on your dry hair, you may find yourself suffering from a dermatological issue like dermatitis or folliculitis.