The onset of winter brings with it a plethora of hair problems. Being confined indoors with heating systems exposes the hair to dry air and poor circulation. The result is dry and brittle hair. Dry hair is quick to fray and break, leaving even the most professional hairdos looking disheveled much sooner than expected.
Winter problems are not limited to the hair only, but the scalp also. Frequently, the same dryness spreads to the scalp and can cause itchiness or irritation. To combat these and other winter problems, here are some approaches that can help.
Cut down on Static with Hydrating Shampoo
You may have experienced your hair standing up more often than normal during the winter. This is caused by static, which gathers in the dry air in wintertime. The dryness in the air leads to the hair picking up an electrical charge, which produces annoying sensations.
The solution to this problem is to cut down on the effects of static. You can accomplish this by using a hydrating shampoo and conditioner that leaves more moisture in the hair. This reduces the dryness and cuts down on static.
Avoid Washing Hair with Hot Water
Due to the cold, you may feel like washing your head with hot water. This, however, can add to the dryness that your hair will have. Hot water dries out the hair very effectively, which is a problem due to the dry air you will encounter in winter. As a result of washing with hot water, your hair will be starved for moisture, leaving it less healthy overall. Dandruff can appear. A better way to treat the hair in the winter is to wash it with lukewarm water that is not as drying.
Moisturize the Scalp with Coconut Oil
Scalp dryness can be an annoying problem if you don’t come up with a way to combat it. Cells on the surface of the scalp become flakey and produce irritation. This is a problem with dry indoor air as well as a lack of moisture in the skin.
To fix this problem, get yourself a bottle of coconut oil and gently massage a small amount into your scalp. The coconut oil will restore moisture in the surface of the scalp, reviving the cells that are starved for moisture.
Apply Heat Protection Before Blow Drying Hair
A blow dryer can be indispensable for drying your hair and styling it nicely. The problem is that most blow dryers can leave hair drier than optimal, especially for the winter time. To dry your hair in a much healthier manner, find a heat protection formula and apply it to your hair. A good heat protection gel or spray will limit the damage from the streams of hot air that blow dryers are designed to emit. This way you get the styling benefits without killing off your hair.
Select a Heavy, Oil-Based Moisturizer
You might want to consider switching your moisturizer to suit the winter conditions. For the winter, it can be better to use a heavy, oil-based moisturizer. These types of moisturizer lock in moisture more effectively in the hair. This lets your hair grow and breathe well, and the moisturizer takes longer to evaporate out of the hair. Your hair will not only look better, but it will endure for longer without fraying or becoming brittle.
Get a Regular Hair Trimming
In the winter, the ends of your hair will fray much sooner than normal. As time wears on, more and more of your hair will become stringy. The result can be hair that tangles and is hard to straighten. This necessitates getting a hair trim much more often than you would do in summer or warm weather. Trimming will remove the loose, brittle ends of hair and leave much healthier hair on the surface. This hair will be easier to style, and the trimming leaves space for new hair to grow into the new space.
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