Winter hair care: prevent winter hair problems.
We can face hair problems in every season, so you may say, it has nothing to do with the seasons. The truth is that the possible problems and their reasons are different in summer or in winter. Not only the weather has an effect on our hair. In winter we spend less time outside. It means, that some vitamin levels can be lower. It can have an effect also on hair. We walk or play some sport outside less often. The vegetables and fruits may contain lower level of nutrients. In general, it can be more difficult to keep healthy habits or at least, it takes more attention to keep them. All of these can have an effect on hair and scalp, just like cold weather. We have to protect our hair and scalp so it’s time for winter hair care. Otherwise, you can face the following hair problems:
- Hair loss
- Thinner hair
- Oily hair
- Dry, itchy scalp
- Static hair
- Split ends
Why do we face hair problems in winter?
Hair loss and thinner hair are typical problems because when the temperature is too low the circulatory system of our body gets less efficient. It means also hair follicles get less oxygen and nutrients. Using hot tools also matters a lot. I don’t really like using hair dryers so I usually just let my hair dry but in winter I often use it. And the result can be even more dry hair and split ends. For protection against the cold, the most of us chooses to wear hats, while others prefer not to wear them because it can make hair oily. Whichever you choose, it will have an effect on your hair and scalp.
Proper hats and balanced diet.
As far as I see it’s very important to choose the right hat. It is better to avoid too tight ones because they can reduce the airing of your hair and scalp. In my opinion the best decision is buying one that’s made of natural material. If you want to do more for the health and beauty of your hair think about nutrition and vitamins as well. Besides drinking less in winter, we get lower amounts of vitamins, too. So it’s really important to have a balanced diet. Nutritional supplements can help you to provide the sufficient vitamins and hair masks can prevent split ends. Prevention is the main goal. When the ends are already split, only a hair cut helps.
Hot tools and shampooing.
Try to avoid using hot tools too often but still remember not to go to bed with wet hair. Hot tools can make your hair and scalp dry but you run the risk of a scurfy scalp if you don’t let them dry before you go to sleep. And maybe it looks strange to put oily hair and dry hair in the same list but both of them is a real problem. To share some experience of my own, I used to face both problems at the same time. Given I wear hat when it’s too cold I have to shampoo more frequently because the roots get oily really soon. In the meantime the ends are dry and get brittle very easily because of the cold weather and less nutrients. And about shampoo, rinsing with hot water can make your hair dry, too. So at the end of my hair wash procedure I rinse my hair with cooler water instead of too warm. Cooler but not cold, because cold water can make hair static. I decided to use hair masks only for the ends.
What can we do?
- Try to avoid using hot tools too often.
- Consider using heat protection before blow dryer or hot styling tools.
- Make sure you have the proper amount of vitamins and nutrients.
- Drink enough water.
- Moisturize your scalp and hair.
- Use a hair mask for the ends, if the roots are oily, while the ends are dry.
- Use oil-based hair treatment. A leave-in solution is a great choice.
- Choose your winter hat carefully.
Winter hair care is not that simple but there are ways to cut bad effects of cold weather and keep your beautiful locks during this season. Don’t forget the right hat, a hair mask and a balanced diet.