You’re practically going crazy thinking of ways to cover up your bad hair days. And these days, all days seem to be bad hair days! It’s no wonder that you are so thankful for your chunky knit caps and hats!
Come winter and your hair starts to feel dry and brittle, not to mention, frizzy as hell because it cannot retain moisture. It doesn’t matter whether you have curly locks, straight hair or wavy hair, winters can turn any hair texture in to a unkempt mess.
If you want smooth and silky hair just like the models in those shampoo commercials, don’t worry. Frizzy, dry and brittle hair can be easily tackled with few good hair products, a bit of protection and some homemade remedies. The key to a beautiful head of hair is to nourish and hydrate your locks, so that they can retain moisture and look lustrous, smooth and silky.
1. Proper towel drying –
Drying hair with forced towel rubbing can damage hair, cause breakage and create frizz. Instead, soak water from your hair by patting it dry; not rubbing it vigorously. The reason that causes hair frizz is lack of moisture. Washing hair often will lead to frizzy hair. If you must wash it every day then use a mild shampoo made especially to combat frizzy hair.
The ideal hair care routine for winters must include washing with a shampoo fortified with moisturizers, and then using a good conditioner afterwards that prevents frizz and smoothens out hair shafts for some extra pampering.
2. Oil massage –
A hot oil massage is known to be a good remedy for dry damaged hair. Heat a little olive oil and apply it to hair 30-45 minutes prior to wash. Make sure that the oil coats the hair shaft and also penetrates the hair follicle to hydrate and nourish it from within. Heating the oil helps with improved absorption.
Once the oil is applied, heat a towel in the microwave and tightly wrap it around your hair. The heat from the towel will further help the oil penetrate your dry scalp and smoothen the texture. Wash with a mild shampoo (not one with harsh chemicals) that doesn’t dry out your hair.
3. Deep conditioning –
The elixir to treat frizzy, dry hair is moisture and conditioning. So make sure to pamper your distressed mane with the right hair care products. Apply conditioner after every single wash. Conditioner keeps hair silky and moisturizes dry scalp to prevent frizz and flaking. Also, a deep conditioning hair mask is a must in winters. Buy a product that suits your hair; wash it and leave the deep conditioner in your hair for 45 minutes. Wrap with a hot towel or cover with a shower cap to help the moisturizer penetrate in to the hair follicle and shaft. Rinse gently afterwards, ensuring that you simply run your fingers through the hair under running water but never rub vigorously.
Besides this, you can also make a homemade hair pack to nourish your locks. Mix eggs, avocado and bananas well and massage in to your scalp and hair shaft. Leave for an hour and wash plus condition as usual to say goodbye to frizzy-hair.
4. Serum –
Buy a specialized serum that will keep your hair frizz free by adding a protective layer which prevents the cold, dry air from sapping all the moisture from your tresses. Make sure you apply only a dollop and no more, or your hair will look greasy.
The rule to use serum is to leave the top inch starting from the roots, and to coat the remaining length of hair on both sides. Make sure that the serum doesn’t come in contact with the scalp, or your hair will look limp and oily. Make sure you choose a product that suits your hair type for best results, as a good serum can also help your hair look shiny and be more manageable.
5. Proper combing & styling –
Use a wide–tooth comb to dry your hair. If and when you have to style your hair, use a flat hot iron to straighten your frizzy hair. However, make sure you use a protectant on your hair before using the iron or you’ll damage your hair by drying it out further which will produce further frizz!
Some experts believe that letting your hair air-dry in winters is not the best method, especially if you are going to head outdoors right after your shower. It makes sense too; the cold air will strip the hair of all moisture and leave it dry. Instead, it’s best to use a hair dryer on cold setting to dry out your hair as this ensures the benefits of a good conditioner are not negated, which would be the case if you let your freshly washed hair come in contact with cold outdoor wind.
If all the above tips are doing you no good, you probably have long tresses that are also damaged along with frizzy. Winters are harsh on your hair and require you to take extra care, spending more time, effort and money in to maintenance. If all of these are a problem for you, consider getting a haircut. Short hair is easier to handle and is usually less frizzy. A leave in conditioner is all a short hairstyle requires when it comes to frizz control in the coldest of winter. And since short hair is in vogue, this could be the perfect time to experiment with a brand new look!
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