Written By Anjali Goel
Who doesn’t love the winter season? Almost no one, right? Winter season is just perfect. The satisfaction of sitting in a cozy blanket with a cup of hot cocoa or a warm latte is unmatched. The only thing bad about the chilly winter season is it’s bad effects on the skin and hair. In this article, we will talk about how you can keep your hair healthy and spring ready this winter.
Every hair problem in winter is related to lack of essential oils in the scalp. That’s why a well planned hair care routine in winters is necessary. Now you must be thinking, “But How?” Don’t worry, we got you covered. Some of the tips that you can apply to save your hair from dry air, snow, wind and rain are –
- TRY HATS
The most basic way to protect your hair in winters is to wear a hat. Some of you who love their hair and put your hands to style it very often, must hate winter caps from the core of their heart. But the benefits of protecting your hair with a cap in winter trumps everything else, as one’s hair should maintain distance from dry and breezy winter air.
But woolen caps can cause breakage of hair. That’s why, it is advised to cover the hair with satin or silk first and then wear a woolen cap. You can even apply light oils to keep the scalp moisturized. You can try those stylish beanies. They are in fashion, too, nowadays.
Winter takes out essential oils from your hair that are important to keep the scalp healthy and moisturized. Oils provide that necessary moisture to your scalp.
You can use various herbal oils such as Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Mustard Oil etc. Massage your scalp gently or take an old school Indian style ‘champi’ from your mother. Keep the oily head for sometime (around 1 to 2 hours). After that, wash your hair with shampoo and conditioner. The 1-2 hour gap will allow the oil to enter the roots of your hair which will further moisturize the scalp.
- AVOID HOT WATER BATHS
A warm water bath is all what you crave in winters, right? But the steamy hot water takes out necessary moisture from your hair that makes them dry. Dry hair leads to a number of hair problems.
You can try lukewarm water instead. But a fearful cold water bath is what will benefit your body and hair the most. The chilly cold water of winters will help in regaining the moisture.
- DON’T GO OUT WITH WET HAIR
Winter does a lot of damage to the hair. And as compared to dry hair, wet hair is more vulnerable to the dry breezy wind of chilly winters. Water can get absorbed by the hair strands and can make them stiff and prone to snapping when exposed to low temperatures.
Going out with wet hair can cause other serious damage to your hair strands. This results in leaving your strands uneven and leads to split-ends. It is better to not go outside in winters until your hair is completely dry. In case of emergencies, consider blow drying your hair instead of leaving your home with wet hair.
- CONSUME PLENTY OF WATER
We all avoid water in winters. The chilly weather is enough to make us cold in and out. But an inadequate amount of water leads to dehydration that causes a lot of health issues including hair problems.
Every hair problem starts with a dehydrated scalp. This dry scalp leads to a number of hair issues such as dandruff, dryness, itchiness and what not. That’s why it is necessary to consume 8-10 glasses of water per day no matter what the weather is. By doing this, plenty of water will reach your head that will moisturize your hair from root to tip.
- HELPFUL HUMIDIFIER
Excessive use of heaters in winters increases the room temperature artificially. High temperature leads to reduction in the amount of humidity present inside the room. A humidifier can work wonders here.
Dry air affects your body by making it dry, too. This dryness can affect your head too, which leads to various hair issues. Humidifiers add humidity to the dry air caused by room heaters in winters. Artificial dryness is fixed by artificial humidity.
- AVOID WASHING HAIR FREQUENTLY
Washing hair regularly or very frequently removes essential oils from the hair that are necessary for various purposes, the most important one being that to keep the scalp hydrated.
Shampooing your head regularly or on short notices in winter keeps the head way too clean than necessary. With dirt and bacteria, essential oils are washed off too. This makes the head prone to hair issues such as dandruff, breakage etc.
- STAY AWAY FROM HAIR STYLING EQUIPMENTS
Winter is the season of festivals, occasions and celebrations. Anyone would want to style their hair to go along with their festive outfits. However, it may make your hair look beautiful and flawless on the outside, but it can cause serious damage to the hair on the inside.
You should try to avoid heat styling, i.e., using hair straighteners, curling irons, blow-dryers as much as possible. They can rid your hair-strands of its moisture which can make them vulnerable to the dry winter air and more prone to damage. You should let your hair air-dry by themselves unless necessary otherwise. This can prevent your hair from bearing lots of damage.
Winters are bound to come and go every year, but it shouldn’t necessarily mean that your hair needs to suffer. Just like you satisfy your inner bear by hibernating for a few hours in a blanket with a steamy cup of hot drink, your hair deserves that level of satisfaction and comfort, too. While taking care of your hair, make sure you keep these tips in your mind. We hope you found this article helpful.