What causes dry hair? What can you do about it? In this article, we’ll answer these questions and give you some tips on how to handle your dry hair during the winter months (and all year round, really). We’ll also give you some product recommendations that we hope will make your hair healthier and more beautiful. So without further ado, let’s jump into the topic of dry hair in the winter months!;
6 Tips For Dry Hair
Now that winter is here, you may find your hair has changed. As temperatures drop and humidity levels decline, many people experience dry or brittle hair during the winter months. Here are six tips to help make sure you’re getting enough moisture from your shampoo—or an occasional deep-conditioning treatment—so your hair stays healthy and happy all season long.
Use a Deep Conditioner
If you have dry hair, consider using a deep conditioner once or twice a week. Deep conditioners treat damaged hair by giving it all of its natural oils back. The best ones leave your hair feeling soft and smooth after use, and are perfect for adding to your shower routine or using as part of a pre-haircut routine. If you don’t want to spend money on professional products, deep conditioners can be easily made at home with ingredients like avocado and eggs; however, if you find yourself needing multiple treatments every week due to extremely dry hair, you might want to visit a professional hairstylist who can help diagnose and advise you on what’s going wrong with your strands.
Avoid Shampooing Too Often
You may think frequent shampooing will help your hair look shiny and healthy, but that’s not necessarily true. If you’re constantly applying shampoo to your hair, it could actually dry out your locks and make them frizzy. To avoid drying out your hair, limit yourself to just one or two shampoos per week—and skip daily washes if you can! Of course, if you work up a sweat or have a lot of oil buildup on your scalp, feel free to wash more often than usual. The key is moderation—you don’t want too much of a good thing.
Try Natural DIY Solutions
When cold weather hits, most of us think about how to keep our skin and body moisturized. However, we should be thinking about keeping our hair hydrated too. Try a DIY mask that uses natural ingredients to smooth flyaways and add moisture back into your hair. This easy mixture can be used weekly and will leave your hair feeling soft again during those cold winter months. Here’s what you need: 1/2 cup of whole milk, 1/2 cup plain yogurt, 2 teaspoons honey, 2 teaspoons coconut oil, and one egg yolk (you can also use olive oil instead of coconut oil). Combine all ingredients in a bowl until well-mixed.
Get Professional Help
If you’re experiencing severely dry hair, it might be time to seek professional help. Find a hairstylist who specializes in dry-hair treatments, and ask about their favorite moisturizing shampoos and conditioners. I find that my hair feels much better when I use volumizing products versus treating it with heavy moisturizers—though if your hair is extremely brittle, heavy conditioners might be what you need. Over-the-counter remedies are also an option for minor cases of dryness; look for thickening shampoos and deep conditioners that contain ingredients like protein or keratin.
Your hair, like your skin, needs a variety of nutrients to remain healthy. To give dry winter hair some much-needed nourishment, try taking biotin vitamins. Studies have shown that they can promote hair growth and prevent hair loss. That’s certainly something you’ll want if your locks are feeling rough and brittle by springtime! Biotin is available at many supermarkets or online retailers; just make sure to follow your physician’s dosage guidelines before taking any supplement.
Drink Water Daily
Whether you have dry hair or not, it’s important to make sure you are drinking enough water each day. Drinking enough water keeps your skin hydrated and provides nourishment for your hair follicles. In addition, it will also reduce fatigue, which is a common problem as winter sets in. If you’re feeling sluggish, try increasing your daily intake of H2O. While some people experience mild withdrawal symptoms (headaches, irritability) when they first start drinking more water than they’re used to, these symptoms tend to subside after a few days or weeks. You might also find that while initially drinking 8 glasses of water seemed like a lot per day – now you can’t get through your day without reaching that level!