Just like winter requires us to adjust our skincare routine and opt for a more intense moisturiser, so does our hair and scalp. Winter weather can wreak havoc on our hair if we don’t take the necessary precautions to protect it. The winter weather, together with the intense indoor heating causes extreme dryness of the scalp that leads to hair breakage.
The answer to this is very simple:
- Increase and preserve the moisture
- Protect your hair from anything that could be stressful to it.
6 Ways to Achieve This:
Drinking 8 glasses of water daily, together with a well-balanced diet, can do wonders for your hair. Foods rich in natural oils and vitamins A, C and E are good for your immune system and also repair damaged hair.
2. Minimise Shampooing Your hair
Wash your hair less. At least once a week, avoiding shampoos with chemicals such as sulphate and alcohol which dry out your hair even more. Use lukewarm water instead of hot water to wash your hair as hot water also dries out your hair.
3. Minimise the Heat
When using styling tools or a hair drier, the temperature setting should not be more than 185 degrees. Most of us, especially when we’re doing our own hair at home, usually use the highest temperature setting to ensure that we get the maximum straightening or curling effect. This is literally the fastest way of killing and breaking our hair. Air drying our hair is the best way of drying it.
4. Moisturise and Condition Your Hair Daily
This step is key in protecting your hair against the winter weather dryness. Deep conditioners, as well as hot oil treatments, are great for hair that’s persistently dry in winter. Ensure you use moisturiser and leave-in conditioner that don’t contain the following harsh chemicals:
- Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate
- Sodium Chloride
- Polyethylene Glycols
- Synthetic Fragrances
- Synthetic Colours
5. Keep your Hair Covered
Keeping in mind that materials such as wool can be harmful to your hair, wearing hats or scarves that are lined with satin, can protect your hair against the effects of winter weather. Just ensure that they are loose enough to allow for blood circulation in your scalp.
6. Avoid Going Outside with Damp Hair
This is because the hair strands are vulnerable when wet, and in the cold weather, water molecules in the hair can expand, which can make the hair more likely to break.
By following these 6 steps, you’ll be assisting your hair get through winter with ease!