With the festive season approaching and the colder weather setting in, it’s not just our skin that needs some extra attention of this winter. The change in temperature can wreak havoc with our tresses from flat hat hair to heat damaged frizz, we’ve all been there and taming those locks can sometimes be a little trickier than expected.
So before you head for the heat to flatten that frizz, take a look at these handy tips to make your scalp and hair healthier over the winter months.
Choose the right shampoo and conditioner for you
Ok, so we might just head to the brands that are giving us the best offer but just taking the time to think about what we are washing our hair with can make a world of difference. Some shampoos and conditioners are laden with chemicals so opting for natural versions are the best choice. You’re looking for products that will not only cleanse your hair but give it that boost of moisture too, which is perfect for keeping it super hydrated when you need it most.
Nourish your body from the inside out
Making small changes in your diet and eating habits not only offers an abundance of health benefits, its great for your hair and skin too. If you eat lots of oily and fatty foods, this food consumption can start to show on your body including your hair. Your hair will produce more sebum, making it look lacklustre and lank. Drinking plenty of water, enjoying healthy fats and natural fruits will give you plenty of nutrients to keep your hair hydrated and smooth.
Treat scalp conditions naturally
Skin and scalp conditions are common for many people. A regular and treatable condition is dandruff and the colder months can cause increased irritation due to changes in temperature, dehydrated skin and the use of chemical and heat styling products. Handy resource Dry Scalp Gone also explains that hair follicles can become blocked which can also lead to other scalp issues if not addressed.
There is a range of natural ways to help treat a number of scalp conditions including the use of essential oils. Natural oils such as lavender help to soothe an irritated scalp whilst coconut oil is a natural moisturiser and great for clearing dandruff.
Avoid heat and styling products
It may be tempting to tame your unruly hair with the hair straighteners or blow dryer but in fact leaving your hair to dry naturally will do wonders for its appearance. Excessive heat and products can cause the scalp to dry out and flake, which in turn creates more dandruff.
Also turning down the temperature when showering or washing your hair will also help prevent scalp upset. Although the thought of a steaming hot shower on a cold day may feel like heaven, this excessive heat is actually damaging to your skin, both on your body and head. Your skin will become drier and start to flake and your scalp will also try to compensate by producing more sebum that will actually make your hair appear greasy. A no-win all round!
Get it trimmed regularly
As the winter kindly brings us cold snaps, knitted hats and days battling the wind and rain, our hair goes through a lot and can look lacklustre quicker than normal. A regular visit to your stylist will soon sort out those split ends and gives you some time to indulge in a hair treatment. These specialist treatments can help give your hair a moisture boost plus keeps colour looking fresher for longer.
At home treatments for your hair and scalp
There are some easy things to try at home to give your hair and scalp that extra boost of hydration. A simple treat is to try out a hair mask on a weekly basis. It’s really easy to fit into your routine and can be left on for a long as you like. If your hair is feeling super dry, why not leave a hair mask on overnight and rinse in the morning for super smooth and silky locks.
Avoid playing with your hair
Most of us do this without even thinking but running your fingers through your hair or touching your scalp regularly transfers the oils, grease and dirt from your hands directly to your tresses. Touching your hair, swirling it around your finger or scrunching it up can also lead to breakage and unnecessary pulling of the root which can also lead to irritation and sometimes in extreme cases hair loss.