One should follow these steps inorder to have shiny, strong and lustrous hairs:
Winters make your scalp go dry and itchy, and with little moisture in the air, the scalp will start getting flaky and extra dry, leading to dandruff.
So how to take care of hair in winter you ask?
Heat or warm up your hair oil (coconut/mustered oil) and mix it with some fresh lemon juice. Alternatively, you can choose to apply this lemon juice on your scalp first, rubbing it over and through your scalp, and then massage completely with the heated hair oil.
2. Controlling Frizzy Hair
Winter is the time when there is too much static happening around you. From the pullovers and sweaters you wear to the scarves, caps and gloves, everything will cause static around you which in turn, leads to frizzy hair. When combing your hair, use a vented hair brush that has a combination of plastic and boar bristles. Wash your hair only with lukewarm water, not hot water, as the latter will further dry out your scalp. Apply a leave-in conditioner to keep hair smooth.
3. Ensuring Shine and Bounce
In winters, with extra drying of the scalp and with frizz, your hair can tend to lose a lot of its shine and bounce. Brush out your hair to remove tangles and apply honey over the roots and hair. Cover up your hair in a shower cap or towel and leave it on for about 30 minutes. Wash off with lukewarm water. This will help restore shine and bounce to dull damaged hair. This one treatment that you cannot miss when your aim is winter hair care!
4. Olive Oil: Maintaining Hair Health
Warm two teaspoons of olive oil and massage it slowly through your scalp. This slow massaging helps the oil penetrate deep into the roots. A warm olive oil massage will give your hair shine and remove dandruff and frizz, while also controlling hair breakage.
5. Dry your hair: Do it right
Winters are especially difficult for letting your hair get completely dry after a wash, but if you think it’s okay to have a bit of wet hair and still tie it up, think again! Hair that is not dried out properly can lead to a host of problems for your hair and scalp, especially so in the winters. So whether you take those extra minutes to use the hair dryer or whether you give yourself some extra time that allows you time to air-dry your hair naturally, it’s imperative you make sure it happens.
6. Conditioning: Do it right
While conditioning your hair is extremely important in the winters to give it that extra moisture, one more thing you can do is add some of your conditioning hair oils to the conditioner. Choose oils that you are comfortable with, especially those that are non-greasy, and leave it on for about 15-20 minutes. Wash off with lukewarm water.
Eating healthy leads to strong and beautiful hairs which everyone loves to have let’s have a look of certain food items:
- As hair is made of protein, ensuring you have enough protein in your diet is crucial for making hair strong and healthy. If you are not consuming enough protein in your diet, your hair is likely to become dry, brittle and weak. Extremely low protein diets may result in hair loss. Choose chicken, turkey, fish, dairy products and eggs as excellent sources of protein along with vegetarian sources such as legumes and nuts.
- Iron is an especially important mineral for hair and too little iron (anaemia) is a major cause of hair loss. The hair follicle and root are fed by a nutrient rich blood supply. When iron levels (serum ferritin) fall below a certain point, you may experience anaemia. This disrupts the nutrient supply to the follicle, affecting the hair growth cycle and may result in shedding. Animal products such as red meat, chicken and fish provide iron with a high bioavailability, meaning the iron is readily available to the body. Vegetarians can raise their iron stores by including lentils, spinach and other leafy green vegetables such as broccoli, kale and salad greens.
- Vitamin C aids the absorption of iron so foods high in vitamin C are good to eat in conjunction with iron-rich foods. Vitamin C is also an antioxidant so is used readily by the body. The best sources are blackcurrants, blueberries, broccoli, guava, kiwi fruits, oranges, papaya, strawberries and sweet potatoes. Vitamin C helps in the production of collagen that strengthens the capillaries that supply the hair shafts.
- Omega-3 fatty acids are important fats our body cannot make itself, and therefore must be obtained through our diet. Omega-3s are found in the cells that line the scalp and also provide the oils that keep your scalp and hair hydrated. Look out for oily fish such as salmon, herring, sardines, trout and mackerel and plant sources including avocado, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds and walnuts.
- Vitamin A is needed by the body to make sebum. Sebum is an oily substance created by our hairs sebaceous glands and provides a natural conditioner for a healthy scalp. Without sebum we may experience an itchy scalp and dry hair. Include animal products and orange/yellow coloured vegetables which are high in beta-carotene (which makes vitamin A) such as carrots, pumpkins and sweet potatoes.
- Biotin is a water-soluble B vitamin. Too little biotin can cause brittle hair and may lead to hair loss. Include biotin rich foods such as whole grains, liver, egg yolk, soy flour and yeast.
- Water has many scientific functions that help our body to remain healthy. It helps carry nutrients and oxygen to the cells and it helps dissolve minerals and other nutrients from the food we eat to make them accessible to the body. Water helps prevent constipation, a big problem which can affect how much your skin breaks out. It also assists the kidneys and liver to flush out waste and it even helps regulate your body temperature. So, even though you may not be thinking about it or feeling it, water is a major player in your overall health and the health of your skin, specifically. Everything I just mentioned above can and does affect skin. The skin uses nutrients from food to function and needs oxygen. The digestive system has a direct effect on the skin because the body will use the skin to get rid of anything you have eaten that cannot be digested and skin cells must be able to eliminate toxins and waste.”
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