6 Organic Solutions for “Winter Hair” Syndrome
It’s that time of year again. The harsh Winter months have a tendency to dry out your strands, leaving your locks feeling straw-like, dull, and damaged. But with a little TLC, all is not lost. Read on to find six great ways to keep your hair in tip-top shape, in spite of the sweater weather.
- Quit Washing Your Hair So Often
I’m not saying you should cut out shampooing completely. After all, you want to keep your hair clean and smelling nice. However, too much washing can strip the hair and scalp of its natural oils, causing your hair to either dry out or produce too much oil in order to compensate. One great solution? Start by cutting back your shampoo sessions. Suds up every other day (or if you’re ambitious, every two days). After a month, you should notice a marked difference in the health of your hair. Plus, washing less often saves you on time in the mornings.
- Not all Shampoos are Created Equal
If your budget allows, it’s wise to invest in paraben-free, sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner. Organic and/or natural formulas are more mild and don’t often contain lots of hard to pronounce chemicals.
If you’re sitting there wondering “what are sulfates and what do they do,” let me direct you to this article in the Huffington Post. According to the piece (and scientific research) sulfates are the agents that cause your shampoo to foam up and lather in the shower. However, they also can damage color treated hair and make fine or curly hair prone to frizziness. So if you can, opt for a healthier formula. You’ll be sustainable and have supple strands.
- Limit Your Exposure to Hot Water
When it’s cold outside, there’s nothing quite like a steamy, hot shower or bath. Therefore, it seems cruel that this same luxury has the potential to dry out weather-sensitive skin, hair, and even nails. In order to diminish these negative effects, limit your time in hot water, either by taking shorter showers or decreasing the temperature.
- DIY (or Buy) a Deep Conditioning Mask
Honey, avocado, egg whites… the list of food that’s great for your hair and skin goes on and on. You can purchase a deep conditioning mask at most drug stores, or you can even make your own. Applying a mask once a week can make a big impact. (Be sure to leave the mask on for at least 10 minutes to get the full benefits, and always consult the directions before use.)
- Use a Silk Scarf to Save Yourself From Hat Hair (and Breakage)
Wrapping a silk scarf around your head, under your winter beanie, is a wonderful way to prevent your strands from snagging on your woolly headwear. Plus, they generally feel luxurious and awesome.
- Switch From a Brush to a Comb
Too much brushing can also cause unnecessary breakage. Use a pick or wide-tooth comb instead for detangling with less potential for damage.
Hopefully with these tips, you’ll be able to confidently flip your hair and strut your stuff despite the frigid air.
Do you have any winter hair survival tips? Leave them in the comments section below, and check out the blog for more great beauty, fashion, and lifestyle advice.
Guest post by: Cassie Brewer, freelance beauty writer.
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