Winter Hair Care: 7 Important Updates for Healthy Looking Hair at Home by Dr Priyanka Reddy

Is the winter taking a toll on your hair, a dry scalp with dandruff is the reason for your worries?

We have here 7 important tips and hair treatments for the winter. Using these healthy washing and styling habits, avoiding harsh hair treatments, and eating a nourishing diet will have your hair looking healthy again in no time.

Change your washing routine.

Do you wash your hair every day?   Washing your hair every day can really dry it out because you wash away the oils created by your scalp. Everyday washing will also lead to greasy hair because stripping the hair of its oils causes the sebaceous glands to go into overdrive. Try this routine instead –

  • How frequently you wash your hair matters. Unless you have a very oily scalp or sweaty scalp due to workouts, you don’t have to wash your hair every day. Washing it 2-3 times a week is also good enough. Listen to your scalp. Wash your scalp as per the requirement
  • Use shampoos based on your scalp type. As per dermatologist recommendation. Use gentle shampoos which will not dry out the scalp.
  •  Use a conditioner after shampooing to the hair, not to the scalp.
  • Gently handle your hair. Think of your hair like the finest dress you have. Will you fold it up and squeeze it out after hand washing it? No, it would kill its fibres and form. In Order to remain healthy, the hair needs to be handled with care.

Using thermal styling equipment sparingly.

Unless you have a special event at your hands, throw aside your hairdryer, straightener, curling iron, and hot rollers. Your hair can be affected by applying heat to it, so it’s safer to let your hair dry by itself instead.

  • Use your blow dryer in a cool setting if you like to use the blow dryer occasionally.
  • Make sure to apply a protective serum in your hair beforehand when you use heat styling products.

Using therapies that are homemade.

Try an egg yolk and olive mask, a rinse with vinegar, or place your locks in plain yogurt or sour cream. Omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and cholesterol are found in egg oil and are like a complete cure to hair issues such as hair loss, gray hair and frizzy hair.

Using hair care ingredients that are natural.

Healthy results are promised by consumer hair care items, but they also contain additives that can dry the hair and leave it looking lifeless and dry. If you turn to cosmetics made with herbs, oils, and creams that nourish hair, you’ll definitely notice a huge difference.

  • Most shampoos are made with powerful sulfate cleansers that strip the hair of the natural oils and cause it to get frizzy and frayed. Instead use an organic, sulfate-free shampoo formulated with herbs and oils for washing. For choices, check out a natural food shop.
  • Conditioners made from aloe, coconut oil, shea butter and other pure substances add moisture to the hair to keep it safe and healthy-looking.
  • Consider not using styling items containing a lot of labelled ingredients that can hardly be pronounced. Instead of using the store-bought variety, you could make your own hair gel and hairspray.

Aim to stay away from dyes and other treatments that are irreversible.

When you use them too much the chemicals in dye, bleach, chemical straighteners, and chemical curlers will do a lot of harm.

Treat the hair with warm oil.

Apply warm oil to your roots, shaft and particularly tips a few times a week to regain your hair’s softness and shine. In place of a conditioner or after your hair is already dried, you should use oil. Give yourself deep conditioning therapy once every few weeks, as follows:

  • Massage your hair with warm olive oil or warm almond oil.
  • With a shower cap or plastic wrap, cover your hair.
  • Do not leave the oil on your scalp overnight. Leave it on for only 2-3 hours.
  • Add hibiscus powder, curry leaves powder to your hair oil to make the concoction better.
  • Wash your face or wipe it with a clean towel after applying hair oil so that it does not block your pores on the face.
  • Rinse it out with cold water, then shampoo and condition as natural.
  • Stop using coconut oil goods. Unlike other oils, hair follicles may accumulate its protein, which causes hair to become drier and more brittle.

Eat nutrients that give your hair nourishment.

Your hair remains as thick and good as possible with a well-balanced diet of lots of protein, vitamin B, iron, and omega-3s.

  • Vitamin B keeps hair healthy and thick. To get enough vitamin B, eat lots of fruit, vegetables and nuts.
  • To get iron and protein, eat chicken, fish and leafy greens like kale and spinach.
  • Excellent forms of omega-3s are salmon, walnuts and avocados, which help the hair look glossy and smooth.
  • With vitamins formulated to make your hair healthier, you should supplement your diet. Try prenatal vitamins that contain a combination of ingredients that make your hair, nails, and skin look fantastic.
  • Most importantly, hydrate, hydrate and hydrate: People tend to drink less water in winters which leads to your skin and hair being dehydrated. No amount of hot beverages or bowls of soup will replenish your skin the way water does. So, make sure you are drinking 2-3 litres of water every day.

So to wrap up. Winter is the time of the year when the moisture from your hair is drained out. We hope you are able to flaunt soft, glossy and balanced hair with all the above winter hair care tips.