Here are best of the best, tried-and-tested hair care tips to be followed during winter months!
Our hair and its hair follicles are made up of a protein called keratin. Interestingly an average adult has about 1,00,000 – 1,50,000 hair strands and loses up to 100 per day. So, next time you see a few strays on your hairbrush, don’t panic. The winter however, accentuates hair loss. In this season, just like our skin, our scalp and hair become dry. Dry hair is naturally prone to breakage and increases hair fall. On the other hand, as the scalp gets dried out, dandruff makes an appearance. An unhealthy scalp coupled with unhealthy hair can cause some serious hair fall! Luckily, controlling this is simple and relatively easy. Here are some easy-peasy natural tips that will keep your tresses in that perfect condition.
1. Don’t wash your hair too less (or too often):
You can skip shampoo for a day, but make sure that doesn’t become a habit. Not washing your hair for days together can lead to accumulation of dirt, oil and residue that clogs pores in your scalp and worsens dryness. Washing your hair too often might remove the essential oils your scalp needs. The is to wash your hair every two days with a sulfate-free shampoo.
2. Apply aloe vera:
The benefits of aloe vera are dime a dozen for both hair and skin. Make a cut along the stalk of the leaf and extract the gel. Massage this pulpy gel on to the scalp in circular motions. Leave this on for about 20 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water.
Aloe vera contains enzymes which repair dead skin cells on the scalp. It also acts as a great conditioner and leaves your hair smooth and shiny.
3. Soak methi seeds in your hair oil bottle:
Fenugreek is an age-old remedy for hair growth problems. It contains proteins and nicotinic acid that stimulate hair growth. Add a tablespoon of crushed methi seeds to your bottle of hair oil and let it sit there. This will not only help in hair growth but it will also protect the natural color of your hair.
4. Trim your ends:
Your hair is already drying up and becoming brittle in the winter months. Make sure that your ends are healthy by trimming away any split ends. Healthy hair and healthy ends will accentuate growth.
5. Apply a mixture of apple cider vinegar:
This vinegar gently cleanses the scalp and maintains the pH balance of the hair thereby accelerating hair growth in these rough winter conditions. Along with promoting hair growth, it prevents itching of the scalp, reduces dandruff and conditions your hair.
6. Get an oil massage once a week:
Dadi-Maa knew what she was saying. Be it winter or summer – getting an oil massage once a week is the ideal way to beat dry and flaky scalps. You can choose from a variety of hair oils. Coconut oil contains antioxidants that strengthen hair and give it a natural sheen. It also has antimicrobial properties that help fight scalp infections. Olive oil has been found to improve the elasticity of the hair, thereby preventing it from breakage. Almond and amla oils also help prevent hair loss and make it stronger. Castor oil is the number one choice for fast hair growth.
Although winter is officially “straight hair weather”, it’s important to note that blow dryers and hair straighteners rob your hair of a moisture. So if you are already battling excessive dryness, then you may want to avoid using these devices. If you have to use one, make sure that you deep condition first & use a quality blow dryer with ceramic-ion technology; you may use a use a smoothing serum on damp hair before straightening, to protect from heat damage.
by Arati Krishna
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