Here are some hair health tips and tricks you should definitely incorporate into your daily winter routine.
Cold winter winds can affect your hair’s moisture levels. Here are some tips and tricks for hair health.
Condition per wash: Conditioners are some of the best products you can use for your hair. They coat and lubricate the hair. This means that combs can more easily reduce static buildup and reduce splatter.
wide tooth comb: Using a wide-toothed comb is effective in reducing friction and mechanical damage when the hair is wet and very weak.
Pay off: A good brushing method is to remove tangles by brushing from the ends. Starting at the root will make the knot even tighter.
Mild Shampoo: Greasy hair and scalp are caused by the buildup of sebum produced by each hair follicle. Reduces nasty residue like sebum, loose skin cells, perspiration and environmental pollutants. If you wash your hair daily, try a mild shampoo. Cocamidopropyl Betaine (see ingredients list) helps make shampoo less irritating and milder. Using a mild or moisturizing shampoo will keep your hair in good condition without any extra steps.
Hairsprays, mousses and oils: Hairspray and mousse work like glue and help hold the style in place by holding the hair together in the style you want. This will change the feel of your hair. Using natural oils and silicones in your hair can help keep water out and keep your style looking longer. However, too much can weigh down your hair, which can be counterproductive.
Dry shampoo: Some dry shampoos can be used for styling as they have the same benefits as backcombing without damaging the cuticle. Helps. Texturizing sprays and some dry shampoos can leave a powdery residue on your hair.
Mechanical damage: This is the most frequent form of hair damage. Examples of causes include brushing, towel drying, and rubbing your hair with your fingers. If you choose to towel dry, wrap your hair in the towel and let it air dry to prevent further mechanical damage.
Tips for cold weather:
- Avoid leaving home with wet hair: Hair is weaker when wet. This makes damage much easier. A good hair dryer can help you dry and style your hair at the same time, giving it the look you want and preventing it from being left in a weakened state for too long.
- Shampoo less and condition more: During the colder months, the scalp becomes more dry and itchy. Shampoos can strip the natural oils that help keep the scalp moisturized, so using a mild shampoo or washing less often can help avoid this.
- Dry scalp: The air tends to be dry during the colder months of the year. Consider using a humidifier at home. This helps keep your scalp hydrated. Also, consider applying a good quality oil to your scalp after shampooing to keep it moisturized.
- Static electricity: Static electricity can increase in cold weather because low humidity means your hair holds less moisture. Drying your hair too much can also increase frizz. To reduce static and frizz, avoid using plastic hairbrushes that can build up static electricity and use controlled air flow dryers and ionizers.
- Use a quality conditioner: This reduces friction and abrasion, protects the hair cuticle, and reduces tangles and knots.
(with input from IANS)