The winter months can put a lot of stress on your scalp and hair. The sudden drop in temperature may make it perfect for you to curl up in your blanket and sleep, or sip on hot chocolate while reading your favourite book. But your hair and skin go for a toss thanks to the extreme change in weather.
If not taken care of properly, your hair can get frizzy, dull and damaged. These three hair problems then invite several more, like hair breakage, hair loss and split ends. So, prep yourself for the onset of winter with these hair care tips that will help you avoid bad hair days.
- Pamper your scalp
- Avoid frequent hair washes
- Avoid hot showers
- Go for regular trims
- Treat your hair to a mask
Pamper your scalp
Your scalp needs extra pampering and attention during winter. The natural oils that it produces are not enough to keep your hair nourished and hydrated. Therefore, a hot oil massage session once a week using coconut or olive oil will prevent a flaky scalp and improve blood circulation, leading to healthy hair growth and a shiny mane.
Avoid frequent hair washes
Stay away from washing your hair frequently in winters. If you wash it thrice a week, reduce it to twice a week. Regular washing robs the hair off its natural oils and makes your hair look dull, unhealthy and dry. Limiting your hair wash to twice a week allows the natural oils to be distributed evenly all over the scalp and hair, making your hair look shiny naturally.
Avoid hot showers
Taking a hot shower is one of the most comforting things in winter, but it can seriously damage your hair and skin. Hot water will damage the delicate skin on your scalp and make it susceptible to breakage. Use cool or lukewarm water while showering, and don’t forget a hair protecting spray before heat-styling your hair.
Go for regular trims
Make sure to trim your hair and get rid of dry and parched tips for healthy hair growth. Trimming every two months is necessary if you don’t want to have bad hair days. Also, if you plan on wearing a scarf, cap or hat during these months, ensure that it’s not too tight and restricts blood circulation in your scalp.
Treat your hair to a mask
Just like your skin feels great after a masking session, your hair will too, if you treat it to one every week. While hot oil massages should be nourishing enough, sometimes your hair demands more especially in winter. You can try a DIY mask by mixing bananas, eggs and a few drops of lemon. Apply the paste to your hair, let it sit for 30 minutes and then wash off.