Sweater weather is here! As we snuggle in warm knitwear, tucking our feet in soft socks, are we forgetting something crucial? The winter season is here and that is most likely to result in frail, dehydrated hair and hair loss. But, these problems can be avoided with simple precautionary measures.
Here are 10 easy steps you can take to maintain your gorgeous locks this cold season:
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1. Keep shampooing to the minimum
Chemical shampoos are notorious for consuming essential natural oils from your scalp. And your hair is going to need all the oil it can get this winter season. First things first, switch to shampoos or shampoo bars that don’t have parabens or sulfates that exhaust all-natural oils from your scalp. Shampoo your hair only once or twice a week. And if you are prone to greasy hair (I understand the pain) and need to shampoo more often, then worry not as these all-natural shampoos will keep your scalp safe. Click here to browse through such excellent shampoos.
2. Oil ‘em before you wash ‘em
Oiling hair is a must in most Indian households. But this time, warm your hair oil and massage the scalp well. Leave it in overnight. Not only will the warm oil nourish your scalp but also give your hair a gorgeous smooth texture.
3. Never forget the conditioner
Your hair is going to need it the most during the cold days and freezing nights. Every time you shampoo this winter season, apply conditioner from the mid-length to the tips. Keep it on for a couple of minutes before washing it off. Pat dry your hair and voila! Frizz-free, silky soft hair!
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4. Control the temperature this winter season
We know, we know. Hot showers are the best and especially in winters, they are irresistible. But the steaming hot water will strip all-natural oils from your scalp and skin. Take warm baths but avoid super hot showers.
5. No heat styling either
While we are on the topic of hot showers, don’t heat-style your hair either. Frequent blow-drying, straightening or curling damages your hair and make them brittle. While you need to control excessive styling all year round, winters make your hair especially vulnerable and so, you need to switch off the hair appliances.
Having said that, stepping outside the home with wet hair is also a bad idea. Pat hair with a soft towel and air dry them before heading out. Are you prone to frizzy hair? Worry not. We have natural solutions that actually work! Head to this link for all the answers to your frizz.
6. Keep dandruff away this winter season
Winter hats are in! Not only are they fashionable, but they’ll also protect your hair from pollution and dust that is likely to settle as the temperatures drop.
But with that, there’s also the chances of scalp sweat, itchy head and ugh, dandruff! How do you keep your scalp free from the flakes? Click here to read in detail.
7. Not just your hair, you need to keep hydrated too!
It’s not just your hair that needs to stay hydrated this winter season. You need to too. Unlike summers, it’s easy to forget drinking water or juices in the cold months. But make it a point to stay hydrated because your dehydration will reflect on your hair too! Keep a bottle of water or juice on your desk and sip regularly.
(Edited by Saiqua Sultan)