The arrival of winter may conjure up romanticised notions of hot cocoa by cosy fireplaces. Unfortunately, it isn’t such a pretty story for your hair, courtesy troubles like dry hair, hair fall and split ends. So, here are some handy winter haircare tips for those common hair woes, because, well, winter is coming!
Problem #1: Dry scalp
 

Problem #1: Dry scalp

The cold weather saps the moisture out of your skin and your scalp is no exception. An uncomfortable tightness of the skin, itching and dull and lifeless hair are commonly associated with a dry scalp. A healthy scalp is the foundation of healthy hair; so make sure that this condition doesn’t go unchecked.

The fix: Take a leaf out of grandma’s book and keep a bottle of that good ol’ coconut oil handy. Massage warm coconut oil onto a clean scalp twice a week (and make sure you leave it on overnight). In case your scalp is itchy, you can add a few drops of tea tree oil. You can even switch your winter haircare routine to include a shampoo that actually targets the problem. One such is the Dove Hair Therapy Dryness Care Shampoo and Conditioner. This range contains nutritive serum, which gets absorbed in your hair and provides optimum hydration. The goodness of this product eventually gives you nourished silky, smooth locks.

Problem #2: Frizzy/ dry hair

Whether it’s the humidity of summer or the dryness of winter, it seems like frizzy hair is something we’re going to have to make our peace with! Or is it? As we battle the elements, some TLC inculcated into your haircare routine can help tone it down.

The fix: Frizziness is the result of dry hair, so, it’s important to keep your hair hydrated, despite the weather. Make a wise choice when it comes to your haircare essentials—a duo which is infused with oil makes perfect sense. For that, we turn to the Dove Nourishing Oil Care Shampoo and Conditioner. Created with a blend of weightless Vita Oils, this range helps tackle rough hair and controls frizz. The benefit of cleansing, conditioning and oil in a bottle – now that’s how it should be!

Oiling your hair with a mixture of coconut, olive, and almond oil will also help your cause.

Problem #3: Hair fall
 

Problem #3: Hair fall

Us mere mortals are not spared the agony of hair fall, more so as winter wreaks it’s havoc on our tresses. With increased dryness of the scalp and hair, the hair tends to become brittle and weak, leading to hair fall.

The fix: Since your hair is weaker than usual during this season, it’s advisable to reduce the frequency of shampooing. Add the Dove Damage Solution Hair Fall Rescue Shampoo and Conditioner Range to your haircare routine. It has trichazole and nutrilock actives that do a good job of nourishing and strengthening your roots to visibly reduce hair fall and breakage.

Stock up on protein rich foods like eggs, fish and nuts as well as fresh fruits and vegetables to replenish your hair from within. Apart from this, you can nourish your hair with a simple hair pack consisting of one beaten egg and two tablespoons of fresh yoghurt and virgin olive oil, each. Apply this for 30 minutes once a week; trust us, your hair will thank you for it!

Problem #4: Dandruff

Yes, we know it’s winter, but passing off those flakes on your head as snowflakes isn’t doing anything for you or your hair. While fungal infections and irritants like excessive hair products are primary causes of dandruff, a condition like a dry scalp can often aggravate it.

The fix: First of all, make sure you use a tried and tested anti-dandruff shampoo, followed by a conditioner. A hair massage using coconut oil will also serve you well. Just apply fresh lemon juice on the scalp half an hour before you wash it off.

Problem #5: Split ends
 

Problem #5: Split ends

Split ends are just another something winter brought and they aren’t pretty! As the harsh weather makes the hair dry and brittle, split ends are another concern you’ll have to deal with.

The fix: Prevention is better than cure, so add to your haircare regime a hydrating shampoo and deep conditioning treatment to lock in the moisture. Dryness leads to brittleness, causing the hair to split. Avoid excessive styling tools and products that damage the hair. Also, make sure that you trim your hair regularly to keep it healthy and get rid of existing split ends.

Problem #6: Static

As soon as the temperature dips, another hair-raising tale (quite literally) is that of static that wreaks its havoc on your hair. Here’s how you can tame those tresses.

The fix: Apart from a nourishing, hydrating shampoo and conditioner, invest in a good moisturising serum that will keep those flyaways at bay. Ditch those plastic combs for either a metal or wooden one. You can also wear your hair differently—either in a quirky braid or a messy bun—to make it more manageable.

Problem #7: Limp hair
 

Problem #7: Limp hair

And just when you thought you had all your bases covered, there’s limp hair to deal with! The dry weather has a tendency to make the hair limp and lifeless, adding to your woes.

The fix: Invest a good volumising shampoo and conditioner, they’ll make for a good addition to your haircare regime. Make sure you oil your hair regularly and apply a nourishing mask once a week. Blend together once avocado, two tablespoons of honey and one banana. Leave this on for 30 minutes and your hair will be as good as new!