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5 Essential Tips to Healthy Hair in Winter

 

By Tiffany Moore

Does your hair feel stiff, dry and brittle as temperature dips? Harsh winds, low humidity, and frosty weather makes winter the hardest time to keep hair soft, smooth and healthy-looking.

In colder months, you'd probably find that your once shiny luscious locks have tragically turned dull and lifeless virtually overnight. Before long, your crowning glory looks rough, become unruly and difficult to manage. However, with extra care, you can minimize winter hair problems, and keep hair in good health!

 

Hair Care in Cold Weather

1. The cold, dry air of winter and indoor heating pull moisture out of your hair, causing it become dry like a static ball. To help restore moisture and revitalize lackluster hair, you might want to switch to moisturizing/hydrating shampoos formulated for dry or damaged hair. Then pair it up with its corresponding conditioner for best results.

Avoid alcohol-based products as alcohol dries out the scalp and damage dry hair even further. Why not use alcohol-free Pureology Hydrate Shampoo (no harsh sulfates) and watch your hair shine with vitality?

 

2. Frequent hair washing in winter can strip the hair of its natural oils and dry up the scalp so it's best not to shampoo your hair more than needed. Unless your hair feels extremely greasy, you can wash it every other day with a moisturizing shampoo to avoid over drying.

Also, rinsing hair with hot water is a bad idea. The drying effect from hot water destroy the protective oils on hair and scalp, so wash your hair with tepid water instead. Similarly, don't limit the use of high heat styling appliances – hairdryers, flat irons and curlers.

And, don't forget to use a leave-in conditioner to keep tame frizzy ends and keep your hair looking gorgeous all day. If your hair is damaged from chemical treatments, then don't miss out on Aveda Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair. It instantly detangles, strengthens and leave extra-fragile hair super soft and bouncy.

 

3. Weather-proof your hair with a deep conditioning treatment such as a Moroccan Oil Masque, or Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment once a week. For the budget-conscious, you can use this simple yet highly effective home remedy to replenish moisture and invigorate hair.

Combine 1 egg yolk and ½ mashed avocado in a small bowl. Add 4-5 tablespoons coconut milk to make a smooth mixture. Gently massage into scalp, leave on for 15-20 minutes and then rinse well. For a more intensive hair treatment, place a shower cap over your head.

Why does this hair recipe work? Both coconut milk and avocado are rich in antioxidants which protect hair from humidity. Coconut oil can penetrate all the way into the hair shaft to protect and seal the cuticle, keeping hair healthy and strong.

 

4. Many people experience hair fall during autumn/winter months because low temperatures causes sebaceous glands to over produce nature oils to combat dryness. Unfortunately, excess oils often results in hair loss.

Be mindful of very tight head bands as they're likely to pull hair off the scalp. Excessive combing/brushing can damage hair cuticles, making your hair rough and weak. To prevent hair loss, comb gentle with a wide-tooth brush instead of a hair brush, and sleep on a satin/silk pillow to reduce friction.

 

5. Just like skin, beautiful hair starts within. Good nutrition and adequate hydration is the key to growing strong healthy hair. Make sure to drink at least 8-10 glasses of fluids daily, along with a well-balanced diet rich in lean protein, fruits and vegetables.

The human hair is almost 100% protein so it requires an adequate supply every day for optimal growth. You want to consume protein such as turkey or chicken breast, pork tenderloin, fish, eggs, and milk.

Also, include some healthy fats (also known as unsaturated fats) – olive oil, avocados, walnuts and sunflower seeds – in order for hair to thicken and develop shine.

 

By making a few changes in your daily hair care routine, you can keep hair healthy and looking great throughout winter months, and get ready for hot summer hair styles ahead!

 

 

 

 

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