The Winter Hair Care Routine

A winter hair care routine to help prevent hair loss and thinning hair

During the cold winter months, low outside temperatures combined with dry indoor heat can be a real concern for your hair.  The contrasting conditions can damage your locks, leading to split ends, breakage, and even shedding.

So, in order to get the very best out of your mane all year long, there are a few precautions you should take throughout the year. The Hair Loss Review Centre reached out to some respected industry experts for how to reduce the effects of damaged hair.

Keep Your Home at the right temperature

Rapid change in temperatures from the outside to indoors, can shock your system, and your hair, which can lead to severe damage to your strands. If the temperature inside your house or apartment is much warmer than outside, it can irritate your skin and scalp.

So, to avoid temperature shock when you get home or when you’re going out, keep your home at a temperature that is warm, but not too hot.

Wash your hair with warm water...not hot!

As great as a hot shower feels on a cold, windy day, it can actually do your hair a heck of a lot more harm than good. For your hair to thrive, you should turn the temperature of the water down.

Hot water is neither good for your skin or your hair. Hot water dehydrates your skin, thus leading to unhealthier, damaged hair.

Try adding oil to your hair

Your scalp will be drier during winter, and that can lead to dandruff and scalp irritation, which can then lead onto the unwanted scenario of hair shedding. It is hugely important to keep your scalp moisturised, in order to combat the dryness. 

So, as a solution, try using coconut oil, massage it into your scalp and leave it in for 20 minutes, and then rinse it out with shampoo.  Doing this a few times a week will help keep your scalp moisturised and hydrated, which will benefit your strands hugely.

Less washing and conditioning

Over-washing your hair is not the best thing to do, especially during a season when your hair could be at its most vulnerable. To avoid shedding, and unnecessary breakage, cut down your hair washing to around three times a week.

Also, use less conditioner, or none at all, if that's possible. It is often suggested that conditioning your hair is a good thing, but it can also play havoc with your hair, making the strands thinner, which can lead to damage and breakage. 

Let your hair dry naturally

Rubbing your hair ferociously with a towel, or using high heat based hair-drying products, does not do any good for your hair.  However, we understand that blow-drying is an essential part of a hair styling process, so it would be near impossible for many people to stop this. 

To counteract the damage, be sure to use a good heat protector treatment on your hair before drying.  This should minimise the damage considerably. 

Eat well and stay hydrated

Eating a well-balanced diet full of vitamins and minerals is the best way to keep your hair and scalp healthy. Also, make sure you drink plenty of water to keep your hair and scalp hydrated.

Never underestimate the importance of drinking plenty of water. A hydrated scalp leads to better strands.


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