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when the calendar flips to December, frigid outside air combined with uber-dry indoor heating can cause a slew of hair and scalp issues. Here, how to combat those common winter woes
The Most Common Winter Hair Problems and How to Combat Them
"Winter is coming"
This is not only a dialogue from our beloved show but also a reminder to us that we need to up our skin and hair game. Winter is a season of warmth, comfort, cozy blankets and festivities. But along with them, it’s also a season marked with several skin and hair problems, like dry skin, flaky and itchy scalp, dandruff, rough and dry hair, split ends and so on.
But don’t let the chilly weather beat you because this article will walk you through the common hair problems we all generally face in the winter season, why they occur, and the natural remedies for them. So, let’s dig in.
Just like any other body part, the scalp also shed itself of dead skin cells. Sometimes, this process is accelerated, resulting in noticeable white flakes or dandruff. During winters, the air is dry, devoid of moisture. The lack of moisture and the change in temperature from warm indoors to cold outdoors can sap moisture from the scalp, leaving it dry. The dry scalp produces excess oil, making the dead skin cells clump together and form dandruff.
Now, what can one do to control those shiny tiny flakes? Preventing dandruff during winter is easy; it’s just that one has to follow a good hair care routine and stick to it daily.
Oiling your hair
The first one is oiling your hair. A healthy & dandruff-free hair care regime must include hair oiling. Massaging your hair and scalp with natural hair oils nourishes, moisturizes, and hydrates the scalp while preventing the scalp from getting dry and flaky. You can use oils like coconut, Brahmi, almond, argan or olive oil. A blend of cold-pressed oils can also keep dandruff at bay when applied regularly on the scalp.
Drink more water
In winter, we often tend to forget to drink water. The lack of water intake may lead to dehydration and dry scalp. If you are prone to dandruff, then without enough water, the scalp skin may tend to dry out and flake more. The bottom line is to keep yourself hydrated with at least 8 glasses of water, even in the winter season.
Watch what you eat
A balanced diet is always a key to a healthy scalp and skin. A protein-rich diet does help to keep hair problems, like dandruff at bay.
Some protein-rich foods you can include in your diet are eggs, fish, pulses, dairy products etc. Besides, vitamin B, zinc, omega 3 are excellent sources of nutrition for hair and scalp. Pumpkin seeds, dark chocolates, raw salads, fruits, fish, bananas, and spinach are good sources of these nutrients.
Comb your hair sufficiently
Brushing your hair sufficiently and appropriately stimulates blood circulation on the scalp. A well-nourished scalp results in controlled hair fall and dandruff. Brushing your hair also helps reduce itchiness and flakiness.
Home concocted hair masks
Frizzy hair is one common hair problem faced during winter. The dry air saps out moisture from the hair, making them dry, dull and frizzy. You can do away with dry and frizzy hair by putting much-needed moisture in your precious mane. The easiest way to do it is simply deep conditioning your locks once a week. You can whip up some simple DIY masks to deep condition your hair. Some quick to do masks are
Banana & honey hair mask
Take a ripe mashed banana in a bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of honey. Mix them well. Apply on damp or dry hair. Let it sit for 20 minutes, and then rinse it off. Wash your hair as usual.
Aloe vera, honey & coconut oil mask
Mix 3 tablespoons of coconut oil with 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel. Add a tablespoon of honey in it and then apply this mask to your hair. Let it sit for half an hour, and then wash it off with shampoo. These hair masks deep condition your hair and help get rid of dry, dull & frizzy hair.
However, if all this is too much for you, then a natural oil-infused hair mask can work wonders to put an end to dull, dry, frizzy hair.
Dry and itchy scalp
Just like cold air dries out your skin, it dries out your scalp too. As a result, you get a dry and itchy scalp. Regular oiling with coconut oil or olive oil can help combat dry and itchy scalp. Hair oils rich in Amla, Bhringaraj, Mulethi, and milk also help to nourish and hydrate the scalp and keep dry, itchy scalp at bay.
Although we would like to believe that hair fall is season-independent, it turns out that seasonal hair fall is as real as you. In addition, studies show that you may experience more hair fall in the winter months than in the summer months. However, during these chilly months, you can put that hair fall in check with some constant care.
Here comes hair oiling again! Like our skin, our hair needs hydration as well. Dry hair tends to fall more. This is where hair oils step in. Oiling hydrates, moisturizes and nourishes the scalp and hair. You can use a combination of essential oils like coconut oil, Brahmi oil, Bhringaraj oil, almond oil, coconut oil, argan oil, tamanu oil to combat hair fall effectively. One tip, though, don’t forget to warm the oil before application.
Avoid long, hot showers
No matter how much you are tempted to beat the chill by increasing your hot shower time, it is never advisable. A long hot shower pulls out moisture from hair, leaving the hair dry, frizzy, and damaged.
Amp up on conditioner
It is absolutely essential to apply conditioner post shampoo. Conditioner moisturizes the scalp and, if done regularly, helps to improve hair texture.
Hair steaming is beneficial because it helps in hydrating dry and parched hair. In addition, it improves blood circulation in the hair follicles, resulting in good hair health. It also results in softer hair and may promote hair growth. So, we can safely say that your weekly dose of hair steaming might go a long way!
A healthy diet has no substitute. What you eat reflects on your hair and skin health. A diet rich in proteins, vitamin A, B, zinc, omega 3 can work wonders on your hair health
So, now you know how to walk past the common hair problems during chilly months and achieve healthy and glorious hair just as you are. In case of any queries or doubts, you can write to us @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy hair days ahead!
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