Troublesome Winter Hair and How To Just Deal
Your scalp goes through a lot and in this winter season, it is no different. It is constantly trying to adjust and accommodate to the indoor heat after braving the cold air.
While it may seem simple, too much of the back and forth between environments can put a damper to your hair health. It can cause dryness, itchiness, tons of static and the beloved dandruff.
Here are some quick natural fixes to restore and regulate the balance of your hair through the winter phase:
Dandruff. Parched indoor air is likely to blame for the sudden hair flakiness. While it may seem like the flakes are due to skin dryness, it is actually from an overgrowth of yeast nesting on the scalp. To thwart off the flakes, use a shampoo that contains 5% Tea tree oil.
Tea Tree has been proven to have potent anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory to alleviate symptoms of dandruff. It is actually effective at combating a specific strain of fungus that can cause dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis.
Please note that tea tree oil can cause irritation to those with sensitive skin. It would be a good idea to dilute it by adding a few drops of a carrier oil like coconut or sweet almond oil before applying.
Alternatively, using Apple Cider Vinegar has been said to balance the pH of the skin and reduce the fungal growth thus fighting the dandruff. One study displayed that parts of the apple cider vinegar can prevent certain types of fungal growth.
To use, add 2-3 tablespoons of it to your shampoo or mix it with other essential oils and apply directly onto hair, massage and leave it on for a few minutes before rinsing it off.
Itchy Scalp. The results of dead skin cells having to constantly replace themselves throws the pH levels off balance; as a result the scalp itches like a bish. The remedy: Look for a ultra hydrating, moisture thick conditioner. Apply the product directly onto the scalp. In addition, pre-treat the scalp by dabbing apple cider vinegar to restore the scalp’s pH level.
Too Much Static. Low humidity and wintery air are the perfect culprits for the static hair look. Before you step out for the day, spray on a hair spray free of alcohol. This is the crucial key because the lack of alcohol won’t cause your hair to look weigh down.
Another key is to avoid over-washing your hair; too much washing can strip natural oils rendering it dried and prone to static. Give your hair a break and skip a few days of washing. Also, stick to wooden combs and other hair brushing tools for its inability to hold any electrical charges; plastic combs can make the static problem worse.
Thirsty Hair. When your hair is thirsty, it feels dry and brittle plus it lacks the shininess. The solution: Before shampooing, add some conditioner to mid-shaft and ends of hair. Next, add the shampoo and massage just the scalp. The conditioner will protect the hair from the drying effects of the shampoo. After a rinse, apply a hydrating hair masque. I prefer anything that is avocado based for its buttery, hydrating and smoothing properties.