How Does Winter Cause Dry Hair - and How to Fix It

This Winter has been harsh on many South Africans leaving many of us battling with dry hair and skin. People rush out to buy nourishing creams for their face and body but many don’t realize how the cold affects your hair too.

How Can the Cold Affect my Hair?

A person’s body naturally produces more melatonin in the winter months to help regulate hair growth, however with environmental changes the scalp is more prone to dehydration with the extremities of the harsh cold weather outside to the intense heat indoors, resulting in dry scalp, hair loss and dry, brittle hair if not treated. The harsh cold weather removes the moisture from your skin as well as your hair.

What Can I Do To Replace Moisture To My Dry Hair

Try washing your hair less frequently during the winter months. For example if you usually wash 3 times a week try cut back to twice a week to give your hair chance to produce it’s own natural oils. Use a nourishing shampoo and conditioner such as Mane ‘n Tail Deep Moisturizing Shampoo and Mane ‘n Tail Deep Moisturizing Conditioner.

Avoid overheating, if you must dry your hair with a drier use a low setting, if you are not in a rush and lazing at home over a weekend try towel wrapping your hair rather. Spray your hair with Shine On for a conditioning finishing spray after drying or styling. Air drying your hair in winter is also not a great idea as the cold will affect it more.

Do a weekly deep moisturizing treatment on your hair. Try Mane ‘n Tail Herbal Gro Leave In Crème.

If you enjoy natural remedies, Coconut Oil is a great treatment.

Make sure the coconut oil is room temperature and your hair is dry. Rub some coconut oil in between your palms before applying, rub through strand for strand throughout hair working from roots to the ends of your hair. Ensure the coconut oil is absorbed properly into the hair, wet a towel with warm to hot water and wrap your hair in the towel, leave the coconut oil in for at least 20 minutes, wash hair and rinse.

It is also a good idea to place a humidifier in your house and/or office to help keep more moisture in the air.

Add Omega 3’s and anti oxidants to your diet. Omega 3’s can be found in avocado’s, fish such as sardines, herring or salmon, flaxseed, yoghurt and even salad. Anti oxidants can be found in a number of foods and drinks to name just a few good sources, seafood, onions, garlic, berries, spinach, carrots, red wine and tea.

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