The cold months of the year can result in a true case of winter hair – brittle strands, hat hair, static electricity, or hair that easily breaks. The cold, dry air outside is only one factor. You also get less vitamin D, a vitamin that keeps our hair, skin and bones healthy. And dry indoor heating is just as bad for your hair as being outside. But no worries, we have some remedies you can easily try at home.
Avoid Hat Hair
Contrary to some hair myths that hats could cause hair loss or make your hair white, hats are a good idea in the winter. They protect our hair from strong winds that can cause a tangled mess, from rain or snow that would certainly mess up any do, and cold air that makes our strands brittle. But hat hair that goes flat and electric is not very desirable, so make sure to protect your hair with a silk scarf before putting the hat on. Another option is to use a heat protection product that combats frizzy hair and often is smoothing and calming.
Take Care of the Scalp
Drier air will inevitably also make your scalp drier. Use a dandruff shampoo to avoid getting an itchy, dry scalp, and check out or article on how to give yourself a stimulating scalp massage with essential oils to improve blood circulation and moisturize.
The Most Important: Conditioner
Clearly, one of the most important factors to keeping a nice and hydrated winter hair is repeated conditioning. Always use conditioner when you wash your hair, but do not wash it too often. It is normally enough to wash every three or four days. Make sure to not go outside with wet hair, and try to let the hair dry by itself. If you do use a blow-dryer, turn the settings to cool or let the hair dry a little bit before you start.
Also, a conditioning hair mask once a week is a good idea no matter the season. There are a ton of different versions depending on your hair thickness, what season it is, if you have dyed hair or not, and so on. Some of them need 15 minutes or more to have effect, but some take only a few. Make sure you apply the mask before you shampoo and condition your hair, as you do not want any product residue in there. There are also many ways to make your own hair mask at home.
• A popular mask is made from an avocado mixed with half a cup of coconut milk and three tablespoons of olive oil. If you warm this messy mashup for a few seconds in the microwave and apply it to your hair for half an hour, it will make your hair as shiny as ever. Avocados are very nutritional and good for our health, as it contains healthy fats, fibers, potassium, several vitamins and folate, which is beneficial for hair growth.
• Fight frizzy winter hair by mixing equal parts yogurt and honey with a tablespoon of almond oil. Apply to your hair and let sit for 20 minutes. This will calm and moisturize hair to reduce frizz, which is a common winter problem. Yogurt has been used for its health benefits for a very long time. this is because it contains lactic acid that not only for the stomach, but also for treating dull hair or dandruff. Eating yogurt has been scientifically proven to be linked to increased hair growth and shiny hair. And yogurt’s anti-fungal properties will prevent and treat dandruff if massaged into the scalp.
• Another very common ingredient in homemade hair masks is egg. Eggs are rich in vitamins, proteins and fats, which your hair needs. It may sound gross, but applying eggs to your hair will provide moisture, prevent breakage and make your hair lustrous. You can also mix an egg with a banana and half of an avocado. Add three tablespoons of buttermilk and olive oil and two tablespoons of honey. Let this mixture sit in your hair for 20 minutes and it will revive your locks.
To keep your hair moisturized on the go, touch and scrunch the ends of your hair every time you apply hand cream. This allows you to get that little moisture boost every now and then. You can also grab some oil from the kitchen whenever you feel dried out or after washing the hair. Rub some coconut, olive or vegetable oil in your palms. Run your fingers through your hair, starting at the ends. If you have thin hair or hair that easily gets oily, avoid the upper parts closer to the scalp. This will make your roots oily fast.
Winter Hair Supplements
If you have tried these home remedies for your winter hair but want an extra boost, consider natural hair supplements. These contain a mix of the most important ingredients to help gain and maintain healthy hair. Make sure to also eat a mixed diet and remember to drink enough water, to get enough moisture from within. This will benefit your hair, skin, and overall health.
Text by Emma von Zeipel
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