Come the winter and your hairs become all dry and frizzy. It is the dry air combined with the lower temperature that takes away all the moisture out of your hairs. Lack of moisture in hair during winter causes dryness which makes the hairs brittle and prone to damage. So, if you are struggling to keep your hairs well moisturized and smooth in this winter, you need to take some special care for your hairs. The good thing is that, to ensure that your hairs are well moisturized during winter you need not to spend in those expensive salon treatments, all you need to do is to make some simple lifestyle changes and include some extra, winter special, hair care in your daily regime. We will start with the lifestyle and habit changes that you need to make to keep your hairs all shiny and moisturized this winter,
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Keep a check on your diet
What you eat has maximum effect on your body and hence if you are serious about keeping your hairs free from the effects of winter it is important that you check your diet. Include more amounts of green and leafy vegetables along with fruits that are rich in biotin, iron and zinc in your daily diet to ensure that your hairs are in the best health from within; also munch on almonds and nuts to maintain the best health of your hairs.
Drink more water
You might not like drinking that cold water again and again specially during winter but if you are to keep your hairs all moisturized during winter cutting back on water consumption is the worst idea. Do not forget to drink sufficient amount of water at frequent intervals so that your body does not lack hydration.
Skip the blow driers and hair irons
Heat is not actually good for your hairs and it works as a primary reason to make your hairs dry and brittle. So, to keep your hairs moisturized during winter, when the hairs naturally becomes drier, skipping the regular use of blow driers and hair straightening irons is a good idea.
Cut back on the chemical filled hair styling products
The chemical based hair colors and hair styling products dries up the hair strands and during winter their effect can be worst on your already dry hairs. So, try not to get any type of chemical based hair treatments during winter.
Use a wooden comb for detangling
Use of plastic based combs can work as a major reason for hair drying. During winter when the air is already dry, the friction between your hair shafts and the comb generates static electricity which works heavily to dry out and damage your hairs. So, change your plastic comb and brushes with wooden combs and see the difference.
Use a beanie hat
Love that beanie hat? They actually look great during winter and along with that they can also be great to save your hairs from the cold and dry winter air and snow. However, always make it a point to pick a good quality woolen beanie hat and keep it clean and dry always.
Do not use hot water on your hairs
The hot shower during winter feels really refreshing, but they do not have the same effect on your hairs. So, when you are washing your hairs during winter make it a point to use only mildly warm water. Hot water can reap off your hairs from all the moisture, so take care of the temperature of the water you use on your hairs.
Use a humidifier
Using a humidifier in your room can be a good option to maintain proper amount of moisture in the in-house environment which will naturally prevent the effects of drier winter air on your hairs.
Give a miss to the SLS filled shampoos
Winter is the right time to forget your SLS and SLEs filled haircare products. These products reap off your hairs from moisture and hence during winter, when you are already struggling to keep your hairs moisturized, using an SLS or SLEs based shampoo regularly might be the worst thing you can do for your hairs. Shift to an organic and herbal hair cleanser to prevent the extra dryness caused by the chemical filled shampoos.
To keep you hairs moisturized during winter apart from the above changes you also need to include some extra hair care in your daily regime. These home treatments are simple and inexpensive and all they need is some time and patience. Follow any or some of the hair treatments mentioned below along with the above tips and we bait that your hair will not suffer from dryness this winter,
Deep conditioning with oil
Oil deep conditioning can work miraculously to rescue dry and damaged hairs during winter. If your hairs have already dried out, start this treatment today and you can see the changes in a week.
Heat up a steel container under flame for 30 seconds and take it away. Now take 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of almond oil in this container. Mix all the oils together and massage your scalp and hairs with this oil mixture for 5-10 minutes before going to bed at night. Wash off with a mild cleanser in the morning. Repeat 2-3 times a week.
Egg and vitamin E hair mask
Egg and Vitamin E hair mask can be extremely effective to fight the dryness of hairs during winter. The nutrients of egg nourish the hair strands and moisturize them in the best way. The Vitamin E helps in creating a protective cover on your hairs.
Mix the whole of an egg with 1 vitamin E capsule. Apply this runny mask onto your hairs and scalp. Leave on for 45 minutes without letting the pack get dry and then wash off with a mild hair cleanser. Repeat once in a week.
Honey and banana hair mask
When it comes to keeping your hairs moisturized during winter what else can work better than a homemade hair pack of honey and banana. These two ingredients have high moisturizing properties and they ensure that your hairs are not affected by the dryness or temperature of the winter air.
Take one overripe banana and smash it to make a smooth paste. Mix 2 tablespoons of honey in it. Apply this mask onto your hairs and leave on for 45 minutes without letting it get dry. Wash off with a mild cleanser. Repeat once in a week.
Curd and aloe vera hair pack
If you are struggling to keep your hairs moisturized in winter try out this highly moisturizing hair pack once in a week and your hairs are sure to get relief from all the winter woes.
Mix 2 tablespoons of sour curd with 1 tablespoon of freshly prepared Aloe Vera pulp. Apply this mixture onto your hairs and leave on for 45 minutes before washing off with a mild hair cleanser.
Coconut milk and almond hair pack
This hydrating hair pack for winters can actually transform your dry hairs within 2 weeks of regular use. The coconut milk is highly moisturizing which makes it a perfect ingredient for hydrating hairs during winter.
Squeeze out the milk from a fresh coconut by grinding the flesh. Grind 6-8 almonds and add them with this thick coconut milk. Now apply this pack onto your hairs and scalp and let it set for 45 minutes to an hour. Wash off with a mild hair cleanser. This hair pack can give your hairs a boost of essential moisture during winter.
Mayonnaise and avocado hair mask
The same mayonnaise you use in your salads can also be used for moisturizing your dry hairs effectively during winter. Avocado is rich in natural nutrients and it can also hydrate the hair strands from deep within.
Mix two tablespoons of mayonnaise with 1 tablespoon of freshly prepared avocado paste. Apply this pack onto your hairs and scalp, leave on for 45 minutes to an hour and wash off with a mild cleanser and you are done.
Papaya and yogurt hair mask
Papaya has natural active ingredients to nourish the hairs and fight the extreme dryness of winter. Yogurt on the other hand works as a great moisturizing and nourishing ingredient.
Smash 4-5 medium sized cubes of ripe and skinned papaya in a blender and mix it with 2 tablespoons of yogurt to make a gel like mixture. Ensure that the mixture is free from any chunks. Now massage your hairs and scalp with this mixture and let it set on your hairs for 45 minutes before washing off with a mild cleanser. Repeat once in a week.
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Olive oil and honey hair mask to keep your hairs moisturized during winter
If you are trying to fight off the winter dryness from your hairs a hair pack made from olive oil and honey can actually do wonders. Olive oil has extreme nourishing properties and Honey also helps in maintaining the right pH balance preventing dryness.
To make this hair pack, mix 4 spoons of honey in 3 spoons of olive oil and apply this pack onto your scalp and hairs. Let it set for 30 minutes, covering your head with a shower cap. Wash off with a mild cleanser and you will see the difference as soon has your hairs have dried.
Shea butter and aloe vera hair mask to keep your hairs moisturized in cold winter days
Shea butter is a natural ingredient that has extreme moisturizing properties. Aloe Vera on the other hand is hydrating and filled with Vitamin E, which can work wonders on your hairs to control dryness even during the cold winter days.
To make this pack, take 2 spoons of Shea butter and mix it with 3 spoons of Aloe Vera gel collected from fresh Aloe Vera leaves. Ensure that you end up with a homogenous mixture. Apply this thick mixture lavishly onto your scalp and hairs and let it sit for 30 minutes or more. Wash off with plenty of water and a mild cleanser if needed.
Beer and banana hair mask for fighting off winter dryness from your hairs
A hair mask made from beer and banana can be highly effective to control the winter dryness. Take an over ripe banana and smash it to make a smooth paste. Now add 4 spoons of beer in this banana paste and mix well. You can use this mask on your cleansed hair. Keep on for 10 minutes before washing off.