Best Hair care Tips for the Winter
It’s that time of the year again when you need to have a list of fine hair care tips for winter! While you enjoy a piping cup of tea with your steaming plate of breakfast on a balmy winter morning, the crisp air is going to have its own effect on your hair, and you know it’s up to no good. The cold season is going to wreak havoc upon your hair game that you have perfected over the summer. Worry not, we’re here with the apt hair care tips for the cold winter months. Whether it’s dry hair or frizz, or a flaky scalp to breakage of strands, we have just the right remedies to prevent and control it all. Whatever the texture and type of hair, these winter tips will work well for a shiny, healthy mane all winter long!
1. Why does the scalp get flaky?
The lack of moisture during the cold winter months makes your scalp drier and itchier, which becomes the cause of the main problems like dandruff and irritation of the scalp, aggravating the need to scratch. All these combined can lead to hair fall. The right hair care routine can help you manage all these issues easily. You can use good home remedies for many of the issues. For a flaky scalp, keep ready two tablespoons of coconut oil, and one teaspoon of lemon juice. Warm up the oil a little bit, ensuring it’s not too hot for the scalp, and then mix in the lemon juice. Using a cotton ball, dab this mixture on your scalp massaging the scalp gently. Leave in on for half an hour, and then wash it. Repeat this process every week until the dryness persists in the air, or longer in case you still feel a few flakes here and there.
2.How to control frizz during winter?
You’ve faced it multiple times, so you know how annoying it is to take care of the fly-aways every winter due to the static. Your hair turns into a frizzy mess. To control the frizz, avoid washing your hair with hot water, since it washes away the natural oils that from a protection around your hair. Try and use only lukewarm water, if your are unable use cold water. Use a nourishing shampoo and an extra dab of leave-in conditioner which will keep your hair smooth and make it manageable.
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3. Which is the best oil for winter hair care?
Nourishing your scalp with oil should be an essential element of your hair care routine in the winter. Even though you can pick from a multitude of hair oils available in the market, many experts believe in going back to the basics. Olive oil keeps the scalp moisturised and provides nourishment to the hair follicles. The idea is simple, just do it once a week. In a bowl, warm up sufficient olive oil to coat your hair and scalp. Again, ensure it isn’t too hot for the scalp. Slowly massage the oil first on your scalp, parting by parting. Sit in front of the mirror if need be, but don’t miss out on any part of the scalp. This slow massage will enable the oil to go deep into the roots of your hair and improve blood circulation. Oiling your hair in this manner is also known to reduce hair fall. Once you are done with the scalp, use the oil to coat your hair with it. Keep it on overnight, and wash of in the morning with a nourishing shampoo. If you can’t keep it overnight, leave it on at least for two hours before washing off. In case you can’t lay your hands on olive oil for any reason, you can use either coconut or sesame seed oil. For the perfect winter hair care, don’t step out in the sun after oiling your hair. The heat from the sum will have an adverse effect on the oiled strands and the dry weather will harden the hair fibres. Ideally, just stay indoors until you shower and rinse it off.
4. How will deep conditioning help in winter haircare?
Deep conditioning is a must during winter. It is helpful all through the year, but in winters it makes a world of difference to the quality of your hair. Use a thick, creamy deep conditioner, and beware—no shortcuts in the process. It is the entire process that nourishes the hair fibres, keeps them moisturized, and soft to touch. You will also notice that during the winter, you need a richer, stronger conditioner, one that worked well in the summer might not work as well now. Deep condition at least once a week, try and do it after oiling your hair with olive oil, it will offer better results. You don’t need to go to the salon to do it, you can do it at home. Keep a towel, a large shower cap, and a bucket of hot water handy. Shampoo your hair in the usual manner and apply the deep conditioner on your hair. Dip the towel in the water, wring it, and cover your hair with it. Cover the towel with the shower cap and keep it on until you can feel the heat in it. Repeat the process at least twice, and then rinse off the conditioner. If you skip the steaming step, the result will be quite limp. Steaming will enable your hair to absorb the conditioner much better.
If you want to improve the shine and bounce on your hair during the winter, here’s a tip. You can follow a similar steaming process after applying honey to the length of your hair from roots to tips. Honey will provide a glossy sheen and prevent your hair from looking dull and lifeless. Of course, honey is for the shine since it seals in the natural moisture of the hair, it does not replace the deep conditioner. Also check out a recipe for a DIY Hair Mask below.
- Is a leave-in conditioner helpful for unruly hair during winter?While deep conditioning will improve the quality of your hair in the long run, for immediate effect, use a leave-in conditioner in the winter to keep your hair smooth. It ensures that your hair stays hydrated and locks in the natural moisture of your hair. It can make a massive difference in the quality of your hair if you suffer from dry or damaged hair. You can choose from the different forms—from liquids to creams and sprays, and you can leave it on your hair until the next wash, without worrying that it will be harmful. In the cold months, the hair tends to become unruly and dry, and a leave-in conditioner can help to detangle the hair. You have to apply it on damp hair and can untangle the knots so you can style your hair.
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6. How often can I use styling tools for better winter haircare?
During the winter months, taking care of your hair also means not to expose it to too much heat from tools such as the hair dryers, tongs, straightening irons and curlers. These will dry out the hair further and make it brittle, to the point that your hair fall will increase. In the winter, it is advisable to dry your hair naturally, and not go out immediately after a hair wash. Walking outdoors with wet hair will cause the hair to become stiff and hard. Control the damage by towel drying it as much as you can first, and then letting your hair dry before you leave the house. If you have to use styling tools on occasion, ensure that you use a protective heat resistant cream before using the tool. You can also invest in a good heat defense spray or leave-in conditioner for such occasions, which you can use before and after the styling tool. Basically ensure that you arm yourself with the correct products so as to cause minimum harm to your hair strands.
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7. What’s the best way to dry your hair in the winter?
The first rule to drying hair in the winter is to try and allow it to dry out naturally, without the assistance of a hair dryer. Try not to step out in the sun with damp hair, as the water from hair will evaporate due to the heat, and dry it out further. We know drying your hair can be a pain, especially if you have long or thick hair. Never, we repeat, never tie your hair when it is damp. It can cause a lot of scalp problems like dandruff, breakage, and split ends. While drying your hair, gently dab it with an soft towel, and use a fresh one rather than the one you use to wipe yourself. Avoid rubbing your hair with a towel since the friction will cause friction, which will damage the hair. If you are in a rush and absolutely have to use a dryer, then use it on the cool setting.
8. How can I get rid of dandruff?
Yes, dandruff just sneaks in when winter comes! It is imperative that you add these few dandruff control measures to your winter hair care routine. Dandruff is likely to cause a dry itchy scalp, so use a gentle moisturizing shampoo and a complementing conditioner to prevent itchiness. Avoid leaving your scalp damp for a long period of time, and ensure you also use specific scalp related products for hair care. Tea tree oil is known to work really well to moisturize the scalp. The oiling routine mentioned in point number 3 above will also help in preventing dandruff. If you have to go for any particular chemical treatment for your hair in the winter, ensure you take special care to restore not only the bounce and sheen but also restore the scalp health. This will ensure you keep dandruff at bay. If you suffer from a chronic dandruff problem and have to use medicated products for dandruff, make sure you use them only on the scalp and don’t leave them on for more time than prescribed, as they may prove to be too harsh for your hair. Lastly, dandruff can also be caused if the hair products like shampoos and conditioners are not washed off properly. Ensure you rinse your hair thoroughly after using any products. If you have to use hair spray on occasion, try and wash it off as soon as you return from the event. You can rinse your hair with lemon water to keep dandruff away, but ensure you wash it off properly. Try and get a good amount of vitamin B and zinc in your diet, along with omega 3 fatty acids. These are usually found in walnuts, eggs, leafy vegetables, certain kinds of fish, etc.
9. Is using a serum a good idea?
Winter is the time when the hair gets ‘hungry’ and needs a large amount of care. Along with oils and conditioners, to prevent hair from getting tangled, invest in a good serum that suits your kind of hair, and use it over its length after you wash it. A hair care product with a thick consistency, a serm is made of our ingredients such as silicone, ceramics, and amino acids, which are protective for the hair. The silicone is the magic ingredient, because that’s what makes your hair smooth and frizz free in the winter. The serum will get absorbed soon enough since the hair is drier in the winter. Use only a drop each time and read the instructions carefully. If you have very oily hair, you perhaps might not need a serum. The serum will protect the hair from the effects of heat, and will also add a layer of luster. Since your hair will be tangle-free and more manageable, you will be able to tie it in any manner you want. A serum tends to work well for those who have to spend a better part of their day outside.
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