Healthspan staff October 18, 2018

Your hair doesn’t have to look weak and dull in winter, with these easy tips you can be on your way to beautiful hair that’s full of life. Here are the top winter hair problems and what you can do to stop them.   

If you have... a dry, itchy scalp

An easy way to help keep flaky scalps at bay is to shampoo less often. Keep shampooing to two or three times a week and when you do wash your hair, keep the water lukewarm or cool. The hot water dries your scalp out and will increase the itchiness when there’s a lack of moisture in the air.

If you have… greasy hair

If you’re worried increasing the time between hair washes is going to make your hair greasy, opt to use dry shampoo. As an added bonus - this could give your hair added volume and prevent it from looking limp – especially if you have hat hair! This gives your hair freshness, a clean smell and doesn’t damage it through over washing.

If you have…hat hair

Wearing wool or cotton hats can cause split ends and breakage, which is something you want to avoid in the harsh weather. Line your hats with silk or satin to protect your hair, it also cuts down on static!

Top tip: use an old scarf or blouse, measure and sew into the hat you want to save money!

If you have… static hair

Wearing hats can give you static hair, but so can pulling jumpers and hoodies on and off. Washing your hair with lukewarm water will help retain the natural oils that protect and nourish your hair. You may also want to opt for a leave-in conditioner to keep your hair hydrated and moisturised.

If you have… curly hair

It’s important to remember that curly hair needs as much moisture as possible, so winter would be the time to be introducing as much moisture and hydration as possible. Making sure you don’t leave the house with wet hair is really important because it will dry it out completely, wash your hair at night and let it dry naturally while you sleep.

Using deep conditioner helps prevent breakage and keeps your curls hydrated; use it two to three times a week in the winter in comparison to once a week in summer.

Keep your hair covered as much as possible when it’s bitterly cold out there, this will physically protect it from the elements. Covering your hair at night with a silk or satin scarf will benefit your curls as they won’t dry out so quickly.

If you have… dry hair

Cut down your styling routine to ensure all that heat won’t be causing your hair damage, you can use different styles to keep your hair protected.

Treating your hair to a weekly mask or hair oil can help replace moisture lost to the weather. You can do this by keeping conditioner in for longer or create your own hair mask with ingredients you can find in your kitchen.

Feed your skin from within

Taking care of your insides will reflect on your outside; make sure you’re drinking enough water to avoid feeling dehydrated – your hair will thank you! Your hair can’t be healthy if you’re not healthy, so adding extra fruit and vegetables to your diet will do more good than harm.

Vitamin E is essential for healthy skin, it supports the maintenance of skin and hair, as well as good health. It’s fat-soluble, so you may not get enough vitamin E if you follow a low-fat diet.

Best of all, try a supplement specifically made for hair health that’s fortified with OptiMSM® for keratin production - the protein building blocks of strong, lustrous hair.

Nothing beats a healthy, balanced diet to provide all the nutrients we need. But when this isn't possible, supplements can help. This article isn't intended to replace medical advice. Please consult your healthcare professional before trying supplements or herbal medicines.

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