Winters could be ruthless to our hair. Your hair is exposed to changing temperatures – cold outside while heat inside the home. This leaves your hair dry and thirty for moisture. The cold breeze shows no mercy to your hair and makes them brittle. Your scalp also tends to get dry in the cold weather making them vulnerable. Here is a list of do’s and don’ts for your hair in the winters.
Instead of leaving them open make braids or buns so they are tucked in safely. This is one of the best ways to protect them from the harsh elements – dust, heat and breeze.
Always wear a cap or hat when you go out however, remember that wool drains moisture from your hair so don’t wear a woollen cap directly. Use a cotton scarf below it or you could buy one with a cotton or silk lining.
Oil your hair twice a week there are so many natural oils – almond, coconut jojoba and even wheat germ are great for the scalp. You could also use essential oils such as lavender or rosemary. Rosemary triggers hair growth while lavender tranquilizes a dry scalp. Massage your hair well and leave it for atleast two hours before you shampoo.
The cold climate is already quite hard on your hair so don’t use too much artificial heat on them.Don’t blow dry your hair let them dry naturally, if you are in a hurry then keep the heat to minimum. Avoid using straightener’s during this time of the year. Don’t use heat for curling, you can use natural and different ways of curling your hair. There are many DIY’s available online that can help you with curling your hair.
Don’t shampoo your hair everyday -twice a week would be adequate. Try using a leave in conditioner. The ends of your hair are the ones that face the most heat damage from flat irons and hair dryer’s. Leave in conditioners give protection to your hair from heat and also help in dealing with the static prone hair of winter.
Don’t use hot water to wash your hair, it will strip your hair or all its natural oils and make it dry. While cold water is the best for your hair, you may also use very mild or lukewarm water to wash them.
Here are some home remedies that will help in keeping your hair intact and make it strong and healthy to endure the harsh winters.
Aloevera is widely available these days. Use fresh aloevera gel and apply it on your scalp. Leave it for two hours and then wash it off with lukewarm water. Aloevera contains a proteolytic enzyme that stimulates hair growth. It also helps in calming an itchy scalp and Vitamins A, C and E in it helps in making your hair strong.
Onion juice is a wonderful and easy home remedy for falling hair. It has properties to heal alopecia or baldness. It fights brittle and dry hair, premature greying, itchy scalp, hair loss and even dandruff. Grate one medium onion and squeeze to extract its juice. Use a cotton ball to apply it on your scalp. Leave it for 30 minutes and wash it off. Shampoo your hair to get rid of the onion stench.
There is nothing like egg white for treating hair fall. It contains iodine, selenium, iron, phosphorus and zinc. The egg white is like fertilizer for your scalp. It cleans your scalp and provides it adequate nutrition so that your hair remains strong. Take the white of one egg and add a teaspoon of olive oil. Mix and form a paste, apply it on your scalp and hair and leave for 20 minutes. Wash it with lukewarm water and shampoo.