As winter is on its way, the dry weather will start bothering our hair, leaving it looking dull and rough. Everyone’s rushing to figure out a way to preserve their healthy hair and prevent hair damage and breakage. And if you are someone who usually suffers from dry hair, winters will be extra harsh, so keep reading. We got some amazing tips that can save your hair and keep it shining!
1. DON’T WASH YOUR HAIR DAILY
Our number one biggest tip on preventing dry hair is to not wash your hair every single day. Your hair has natural oils on your scalp that naturally hydrates your hair and nourishes your strands. And if you are washing your hair every single day, you are just stripping away that natural oil. So if you have been hopping in the shower and washing your hair every day, and wondering why you have dry hair. then you should try reducing the frequency of hair wash day. The best time to wash is if your hair turns insanely greasy or if you have product buildup, the frequency being once or twice a week maximum. Now take advantage of this work from home time where you can protect your hair from all that pollution.
If you tend to have really dry hair then you probably also have a lot of damaged or split ends. Ends are susceptible to a lot of damage and become dry around this time of year. So obviously, your number one priority you want to make is that you are getting regular trims. Go to your stylist or spend some time on youtube learning how to cut and trim your ends. It will promote new growth and help you achieve a fresh look without even getting a new haircut!
Dry hair is the main reason why we get split ends. Your ends are the first place your hair tends to get dry because they are the farthest away from your natural hair oils, hence least hydrated. So to compensate for that lack of nourishment naturally, we would recommend using hydrating products like a hair mask or hair oil. Concentrate these products always on your ends. You can check out this list of hair masks that can suit your hair type.
Conditioning your hair is one of the best ways to ensure hydrated hair, it is going to open up your hair cuticles and maximize the conditioning agents to penetrate the hair follicle. Do not be stingy with the amount of conditioner you use, maximizing the amount of conditioner, maximizes hydration and nourishment into your hair. And your hair will absorb the hydration much better than before. Check out My Glamm’s list of conditioners suitable for dry hair.
5. DITCH RUBBER BANDS
You need to be extra gentle with your hair, especially around winters. This will avoid breakage and brittle hair, so avoid using regular elastic rubber bands on your hair as they are harsh. It will end up exaggerating the problem and you will find that your hair breaks more easily. So instead, invest in silk or satin rubber bands and scrunchies. They are super gentle on your hair and don’t do any damage to your hair at all.
On the note of being super gentle with your hair, brushing your hair gently is of utmost importance. So whenever you brush your hair you need to make sure that you are doing it very carefully, gently, and mindfully. You should start brushing from the bottom up, and work your way up. Brushing top to bottom just drags out your hair and causes you to break and rip out your hair. Avoid brushing your hair when it is too dry. Best time to brush your hair is on your wash day, apply conditioner on went hair and gently detangle using the right brush. Remember to be careful and gentle as wet hair is very fragile. Making sure you have a good comb is also necessary. Do try this Vega’s Hairbrush.
7. CUT DOWN THE HEAT
Sometimes, despite following all these steps, our hair still ends up feeling dry. Then what could be the culprit? The reason could be that your hair might be losing extra moisture and hydration when you blow dry your hair. You can choose to style your hair occasionally using heat, but in winters it is advisable to avoid heat as much as possible.
8. EAT HEALTHILY
True change has to come from within your body. So be mindful of what you are putting in your body especially during the wintertime. Try to incorporate more omega-3s and antioxidants into your diet. Incorporate more foods like walnuts, salmon, broccoli, kidney beans, tomatoes, blueberries, and of course lots of water. Adequate inner hydration will, in turn, affect your hair health overall. Although, do not make any major dietary changes without consulting your doctor first.