The cold winter air can wreak havoc on your hair. Get those locks gorgeous and glowing again with these six all-natural tips that will ensure your hair stays happy and healthy throughout the cold weather months.
Cold air and wind, indoor heaters, hats — our hair takes a bit of a beating in the winter. We’ve rounded up six homemade remedies to make your mane manageable again — no trip to the salon required.
1. Dull and Duller
Does your hair suffer from the doldrums? Coconut milk is rich in vitamin E and fats, which makes it the perfect solution for dry hair and scalp.
Tip: Once a Week, after shampooing with a mild moisturizing shampoo, massage coconut milk into your scalp, working through the ends of your hair, and cover with a shower cap. Leave in for 10 minutes, then rinse.
2. Fight the Flakes
Lack of moisture in the air can cause your scalp to become dry, leading to dandruff. Help fight the flakes by combining a good dandruff shampoo and the following weekly routine.
Tip: Once a Week, heat 2 tablespoons of olive or coconut oil for a couple of seconds and mix in a teaspoon of lemon juice. Massage into your scalp, then leave it in for 20 minutes. Rinse, then shampoo and condition as usual.
3. Limp and Lifeless
Hair can become limp and lifeless due to the lack of humidity in the air. Drying and styling can add to the problem, but we’ve got an easy solution.
Tip: You can boost your roots or fight the frizz anytime with a homemade hair volumizer. Avoid washing your hair daily and use a dry shampoo in-between.
4. Why So Dry?
Greek yogurt is not only great for your tummy, it’s amazing for your hair too. Packed with vitamin B5 and proteins, this recipe is truly a gift from the (Greek) gods.
Tip: Once a Week, mix 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt, 1 tablespoon honey and the juice from one lemon until it forms a paste. Using a hair dye brush, apply to the scalp, roots and hair. Leave in for 20 minutes, then rinse with cold water. If hair is extra dry, you may use twice a week.
5. Static Attack
The combination of cold air and low humidity can result in static electricity and cause flyaway hair. Control your tresses with these quick fixes.
Tip: Minimize the use of heat styling products and let your hair dry naturally. Select hydrating shampoos and conditioners, and look for the first four ingredients listed on the bottle, which account for approximately 80 percent of what’s inside. Products should contain moisturizing ingredients but no sulfates or parabens, which increase dryness.
6. Hair Salad
Avocados are packed with moisturizing and hydrating properties, making them the perfect fruit to treat damaged hair in a healthy, natural way.
Tip: Twice a Month, mix in a blender 1 avocado, 2 cups coconut milk and 3 teaspoons sweet almond oil. Blend well. Apply liberally to hair, making sure to cover the ends. Cover with shower cap and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water, then shampoo and condition.
Care to share your winter hair care tips? We’d love to know!