There are a couple of things you should keep in mind when building a winter hair care routine. The focus should be on combating dryness by using hydrating and nourishing ingredients that won’t strip your hair of its natural moisture. This is easier said than done as most hair products, especially cleansers, can make your hair dry and brittle. The key to avoiding that is by carefully picking natural ingredients that are known to nourish hair. They are gentle on your scalp, and work wonders in keeping your hair healthy. Here are some of the ingredients you should be looking for to combat winter hair issues...
01. Argan oil
Argan oil is one of the best ingredients to add in your hair care routine, regardless of the season. It is rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, helping nourish your hair deeply and soften the texture. A combination of vitamin E and essential fatty acids helps add elasticity to dull winter hair and boosts shine. Argan oil can easily penetrate even high porosity hair, making it an excellent ingredient to take care of all hair types.
02. Camellia oil
A hair care staple in Chinese and Japanese hair care routines, camellia oil is a potent emollient that is often used to deal with moisture loss, especially in the hair. Rich in oleic fatty acid (Omega-3), this suppleness boosting ingredient is known for being super absorbent and an excellent transdermal carrier that increases your hair’s natural ability to retain moisture in dry conditions.
03. Oat milk
Hair cleansing can be challenging during the harsh winter months, some products can strip your mane of moisture, resulting in dehydrated and frizzy hair. Oat milk-infused products can help intensively nourish dry strands without weighing them down. The result is frizz-free, soft and smooth hair that is devoid of static and easily manageable. It also helps reduce breakage from brushing and can be used as a leave-in conditioner for better results
04. Coconut water
Rich in vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, coconut water can help combat volume loss in the hair during the winter months. The ingredient is known to fortify your hair strands’ bonds and make them stronger and thicker; thereby reducing hair loss and keeping it bouncy. Coconut water is also an excellent way to maintain ideal scalp health, as it is gentle and won’t irritate already sensitised dry scalp during the harsh winter months.
Shikakai is a powerhouse Ayurvedic ingredient that has been used in hair care for ages! Rich in saponins, vitamins and antioxidants, shikakai is a gentle ingredient that does not disturb the natural sebum production on your scalp. It can help fight winter dandruff and soothe itchiness caused by dryness of the scalp. Psst… it also infuses dull hair with softness and luminosity!