Summer is gone and winter is here which means a whole new set of hair problems that we have to deal with. From itchy scalp to dandruff and frizz to split ends, winter can be one of the worst seasons for our hair. So, in today’s episode of TressTalk we’re going to talk about easy winter hair care tips, that will keep your hair healthy and silky smooth this winter.
During the winter months our has harder time retaining moisture making it brittle and prone to breaking. Not to mention the annoying static hair.
So, here are few easy hair care tips that you can do and that your hair will love you for it:
If you have split ends, the best way is to remove them before the cold hits, otherwise that split end can travel up your hair shaft leaving you with more damaged and frizzy hair that you’ll have to cut off once the winter is over.
You can take your hair between your fingers and observe your ends. If your hair is lighter in color than the rest of your hair, or if you feel that is dull and lifeless then you might have split ends that need to be removed.
After you’ve trimmed your ends, make sure to seal them with oil. The best sealants for hair are natural oils such as: castor, grape seed or jojoba oil. They will help you seal and fill in gaps along the hair cuticle to retain moisture.
Jojoba is rich in vitamins and minerals that nourish hair, including vitamin C, B vitamins, vitamin E, copper, and zinc. Because it strengthens hair, it is also thought that jojoba oil can prevent hair loss and promote hair thickness. So what you can do is take a little bit of oil and apply it to your ends, you can leave this in until your next wash.
During winter because our hair has harder time retaining moisture we need to make sure that we keep adding moisture back into it. The best way is to switch to hydrating shampoos and conditioners that are thick and that use natural oils designed for repairing and hydrating. The shampoo will help the proteins penetrate into your hair shaft, while the conditioner will close your hair cuticles and lock in the moisture.
Treat your hair to a deep moisturizing mask once a week to boost hydration. Hair masks will help fight dry, itchy scalp as well dandruff. Regular use of a hair mask with natural oils or other healing ingredients is an excellent way to moisturize the scalp and prevent dryness. You can either do it the night before or 30 minutes before you plan on washing your hair.
Easy Moisturizing Mask:
Sunflower & Honey Mask
2-3 Tbsp. Sunflower Oil
2 to 3 Tbsp. Honey
Mix this well, and lightly dampen your hair with a water spray bottle and then work the treatment into your hair. Cover with a plastic cap and leave it on for a minimum of 30 minutes, then rinse and wash your hair as usual.
If you don’t want to bother with making your own you can get this restore treatment masque that has Jamaican black castor oil in it. This mask restores strength and resilience to damaged and brittle or chemically processed hair.
Sulfates strip our hair of all the oils to give us that squeaky clean hair but that leaves our hair dry and prone to damage. If you’re not already using sulfate-free products, then you may want to make that switch now and you’ll see the difference that will make in your hair.
After you wash your hair with hydrating shampoo and conditioner, also use leave in conditioner, not only it will help you fight static and flyaway strands, Leave in conditioner help provide extra moisture as well as detangles the hair, which can help make styling easier during the cold weather.
Our scalp produces less oil during cold weather, which is why we can get dry, itchy scalp and even dandruff. Massaging Tea Tree Oil or Jojoba Oil before bed can reduce dry and itchy scalp. If you don’t want to sleep with oils in your hair you can do this 30 minutes before your shower. Scalp massage stimulates blood circulation, hair growth and the oils helps moisturize the scalp and prevent dandruff too.
If you’re working hard and using all these product to keep your hair moisturized and healthy during the winter but still sleeping on a cotton pillowcase, that could be an issue, because cotton absorbs moisture, which will dry out your hair. But silk pillowcase will help you retain that moisture and it will also help in repairing your hair while you sleep. If you don’t want to invest in a silk pillowcase then you can wear a silk scarf or a hat which will protect your hair while sleeping on a cotton pillowcase.
I love hats during winter months, but most hats are made out of wool, cotton or other fabrics, that can cause split ends and breakage. You can either line your hats with silk or satin, you can look to buy hats that already have satin lining like this one I found in target, but if all of that is too much work and you want to continue to wear your pretty hats, Always apply leave in treatment, oil to your hair before wearing your hat.
It’s said that healthy hair comes from within. So it’s very important to drink lots of water during the day. At least 64 oz. We can drink less water during the winter than summer, I know this because my goal is to drink a gallon every single day and during cold days, I find myself struggling to finish it.
Also, Be gentle with your hair, since your hair is dryer and easily prone to damage during winter, when you brush your hair start from bottom going up, use a detangling brush, or wide tooth comb and if you feel that is tanging or frizzy, apply oils and moisturizing products before combing.