Five simple tips for hair care at the start of winter
Winters, especially in the north of the country, are dry. The sudden and abrupt drop in humidity can alter the texture of the skin, causing it to behave differently. The scalp is also affected, making the hair dry and scaly. This is why regular oiling of the hair is recommended.
Interestingly, while a lot of people focus on winter skin care, hair is generally overlooked. Sujata Sharda, founder and CEO of Mellow Herbals, an affordable Ayurvedic luxury brand, says the winter season can make hair brittle, leading to itchy scalp and a dull complexion.
She shares five simple tips on how to start taking care of your hair as soon as the temperature starts to drop.
1. Make water and healthy fats your friends
To make your hair healthy from root to tip, don’t cut down on water and load up on healthy fats like almonds, cashews, peanuts, pumpkin seeds and more. Healthy fats give your hair the protein it needs, making your hair stronger and healthier from the inside out. Not only do they make your hair less prone to breakage, but they can also make your mane shine, helping to control frizz from lack of protein.
2. Oil well
Oiling will keep winter winds away from your hair. Every time you wash your hair, you should apply the oil of your choice. Using organic sesame oil and organic coconut oil can give you the hair of your dreams.
3. Deep conditioning
The extra dryness needs a little extra TLC and what better than a hair mask. You can invest in a deep conditioning hair mask or make one at home. Simply mix yogurt, add vitamin E capsules with honey and olive oil, and let sit for 15-20 minutes. Yogurt acts as a natural conditioner, while olive oil and honey nourish your hair.
4. Avoid hot water for your hair
Very hot showers can absorb all the moisture, making your hair look dull and prone to breakage. Choose lukewarm showers to prevent scalp flaking and, if possible, add room temperature water as a final rinse.
5. Leave in conditioners and oils
Dry winds mean more damage. You can opt for several leave-in conditioners or hair oils, which work like serums. If you don’t want to use chemicals, a drop or two of hair oil just on the ends will help you save split ends cuts.
“Apart from that, make sure you choose products that are good for your hair, carefully read the label of any product you use. Go for clean, natural products, ”says Sharda.
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