I love winters. The bright sweaters, jackets, scarf’s, mittens are something that I used to look forward to; even the crisp, chilly air – but the only thing I never liked about it was my dry skin and hair.
The cold weather outside with the warm air inside the house creates havoc with your hair making it dehydrated and brittle. Your skin and hair aches for some hydration.
To brave the winters coming ahead, I hope that you have already started preparing and thinking ahead of ways of how to have healthy and moisturized hair this season. After all we also have Christmas and New Year, just around the corner, almost knocking at our door. I am sure you want to look your best. So here is my list of 6 top tips for hair care this winter.
1) Never ever use hot water to wash your hair. Hot water rips your hair of moisturization leaving it susceptible to breakage. Use cold / warm water instead. Start cleaning your hair with water to open the hair cuticles. This will help the goodness of shampoo and conditioner to seep into the scalp. Finish the cleaning by using cold water. This will close the cuticles ensuring that the hydration and goodness remain intact.
2) Wash Less – Yes, you heard me right. In summers, we can wash our hair daily but in winters, this can lead to loss of hydration in your hair. Ideally, 2-3 times in a week is sufficient. Use natural, organic shampoos so that you can have less damage. Avoid using a towel to dry your hair. Instead, next time, try a cotton t-shirt. I found out this tip accidentally and it has worked wonders for my hair. Dry your hair before you step out of your house. Wet hair is weak and can break easily.
3) Less use of styling products – I know how you love styling your hair, but those products can take a break this winter. Although they make your hair look great, but they also dry them up. If you really have to use these products, ensure that you use protection along with it. For e.g. – before you straighten your hair, use a good hair serum that will act as a shield and not let your hair bear the brunt.
4) Deep Conditioning – Thankfully we have some very good hair masks available in the market which help your hair to breathe again and fill it with hydration. If you are like me – you would love the hair mask that I use. I make my own at home –
- Mix 2 tsp castor oil + 2 tsp coconut oil + fresh aloe vera gel. Blend the mixture together. Add one capsule of Vitamin E and apply this generously making sure your hair and scalp is drenched. Do not make the mask running, else it will keep dripping. I prefer to let this be in my hair all day and wash it with a shampoo and conditioner.
- Another great mask is banana + coconut oil + Vitamin E capsule. Make a mixture of the consistency of a smoothie (if you do not – you will end with banana chunks in your hair) and leave this for 45 minutes.
5) Hair serum – Invest in a good hair serum. This is very important. Apply a couple of small drops on your hair once your hair is about 50%-60% dry.
6) Oil Regularly – Never underestimate the goodness of a good hair massage. I remember my mother used to massage my hair with pure coconut oil and I had the blackest, thickest hair until I decided that oiling wasn’t cool! Well, how wrong of me! A warm oil hair massage can do wonders.
Expert Tip – Try apple cider vinegar rinse for shiny beautiful hair J. Add 1 tsp of ACV + ½ cup of plain water. Pour over your damp hair. This is a tip I found online and have been using it regularly.
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