9 Essential Tips for Healthy Hair in Winter

The chilly weather always makes your hair dry and frizzy, right? If winter is ruining your hair care routine, we are here to help you.

In India, especially in places like Mumbai, Pune, Kerala, etc. cold winds and low temperatures affect your hair in various ways. Tweak your hair care routine to match different temperatures. Continue reading to know what you should do.

How to take care of Hair in Winter?

Follow these tips to maintain healthy hair in winter:

1. Covering your head with a scarf or a hat

Wear your scarf and hat to cover your hair in winter. Use a satin or silk scarf to cover your hair and then layer it with woollen or cotton fabrics to prevent the cold air.

If you cover your hair in woollen or cotton fabrics, it can cause friction and lead to split ends and breakage, so using satin or silk is your best bet.

2. Use less shampoo

Too much shampooing is the cause behind flaky and dry scalp during winter. The shampoo’s ingredients strip off the natural oils on your scalp. It makes your hair dry. The chemicals can irritate your skin, leading to itchiness.

Use less shampoo and use gentle formulas. Steer clear of drying ingredients in your shampoos such as alcohols, fragrances, dyes, and sulfates.

3. Fight the flakes

You may find yellowish or white flakes on your scalp that may fall on your shoulders during winter. It is dandruff and is common during the winter months. Dandruff is caused because of a fungal infection or dry scalp during winter.

Try using an anti-dandruff shampoo that contains active ingredients such as salicylic acid, zinc pyrithione, selenium sulfide, ketoconazole, or coal tar.

4. Deep condition to control frizz

The dry air in winter can remove your hair’s moisture and open up the hair cuticle. It leads to frizzy hair that is dry, rough, and unmanageable.

5. Use heat styling products less

The heat from heat styling tools, including straighteners, curlers, and blow dryers, can break your hair and cause split ends.

Reduce your exposure to these tools. Use a heat protectant serum if you want to style. Try giving your hair a break from heat styling and use it for cool hairstyles such as braids, updos, buns, and twists in the winter months.

6. Use oil or serum

Winters can suck out the water from your hair. Use a serum or oil overnight to check hydrated strands. Ensure you sleep on a satin or silk pillowcase to prevent breakage of hair.

You can choose hydrating ingredients such as green tea, aloe vera, and shea butter in your serums and oils such as coconut oil, olive oil, castor oil, and almond oil for your hot oil massages.

Massage your hair one-two times a week with the carrier oils mentioned above to enhance blood circulation and encourage healthy hair.

7. A good hair care routine

Invest time, effort, and money in your hair care routine. People having beautiful hair have performed some hair care routine religiously to reap the benefits.

Try shampoos and conditioners that suit your hair kind and those with gentler formulas. Wash and condition your hair frequently. Apply serums, hair masks, and hot oil massages to add a punch of hydration to your hair during winters.

8. Take warm water showers

A hot water shower may be therapeutic but contains a detrimental effect on your hair. Hot water can take out natural oils from your hair, making it dry.

You should take lukewarm water for a relaxing shower in any season.

9. Drink plenty of water

Among the essential components of your hair strands is water. It helps replenish the lost water content during the winter months; it is crucial to keep yourself hydrated.

You require drinking enough amount of water during winter to keep your hair hydrated and healthy. Dryness, dandruff, and itchiness are all taken care of once your hair and scalp are hydrated.

How often should you wash hair during winter?

It is recommended that you wash your hair every one-two days. If you have oily scalps, wash your hair every three-four days if you have dry hair. During winter, decrease the number of hair washes to prevent the eradication of natural oils from your hair.

Wrapping Up

Winter zaps out moisture from your hair. We hope that all the above winter hair care tips can give you shiny, soft, and healthy hair.

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I am a Hair Transplant Surgeon, Cosmetologist and Anesthesiologist in Pune. I have more than 16 years of experience in this field.

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