It is not only your skin that needs that some TLC in the winter months. We often tend to miss out on providing moisture and reducing heat treatments that strip the hair of its natural oils. The result is coarse, unmanageable, brittle hair prone to split-ends, which ultimately leads to hair breakage. Expert Shahnaz Husain offers some easy winter haircare tips to help us out:
The hair needs external nourishment, more so in the winters. Hot oil therapy is very beneficial for treating dry hair and split ends. Twice a week, heat pure coconut oil and apply it to the hair. Make sure to apply the oil to the ends as they tend to be more dry. Massage the scalp gently, using only the fingertips, in small circular movements. This helps stimulate blood circulation to the follicles.
Follow this up with a towel immersed in hot water, squeezed out, and wrapped around the head like a turban. Keep it on for 5 minutes. Repeat the hot towel wrap three to four times. Do try and leave the oil on overnight and wash the hair the next day for best results. Avoid rubbing the hair with your towel once washed—wrap the towel around the head and allow it to absorb excess water.
Avoid the heat
As much as possible, avoid using heated tools on your hair, especially if it is dry and brittle. If you do use a hair dryer, hold it at least 10 inches away. Turn off the hair dryer before the hair is totally dry and allow the rest to dry naturally. If your hair dryer comes with a diffuser, make sure to use it.
Conditioning is critical
Make sure you wash your hair with a shampoo that contains natural cleansers, and don’t skip the post-shampoo conditioning ritual! Conditioners and serums help soften the hair, add shine, and improve its texture. They also coat the hair and help protect it from external damage, especially from damage caused due to pollution. Conditioners also make fly-away hair and frizz more manageable. During winters, a leave-in variant is perfect for the job.
Naturally frizzy hair tends to get even frizzier during the winter months. However, do not despair as the frizz can be easily controlled. Mix some water with a creamy hair conditioner and put it in a spray bottle. Spritz the mixture onto your hair and then comb it so that it spreads through the follicles. This can be done with either dry or wet hair, and is ideal for use between conditioning days.
Beat an egg along with a cup of milk. Massage this mixture into the scalp and leave it on for about five minutes. Then, rinse with cold water. Do this twice a week for a nourished scalp and healthy hair.
For extremely dry, rough and brittle hair, mix together one egg, two tablespoons of castor oil, the juice of a lemon and one teaspoon pure glycerine. Apply all over the hair, from root to tip, and rinse it out after half an hour. Note: make sure you rinse these mixtures with cold water only; using warm/hot water may “cook” the egg in them.