Dry scalp, breakage, split ends and limp locks? Winter is such a harsh season that takes a heavy toll on our hair. The main reason is the dry air outside that sucks out moisture from our hair. This makes our hair look dull and lifeless. We freak out if we start shedding more hair. This happens with everyone and it’s a natural process. Sometimes medical conditions such as thyroid disease, alopecia areata and scalp infections like ringworm cause excessive hair loss. It’s better to get your tests done for early diagnosis.
If you want healthy hair then it’s important to eat healthy. Applying hair products topically are effective only when you eat right. If you don’t have enough nutrients in your blood then all those hot oil massages would be ineffective. We don’t drink enough water in winter because we don’t feel thirsty. Consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables also decreases. There’s very little physical activity. These all habits make us very dull and decrease our immunity.
Maintaining a healthy diet in winter is crucial. Always start your day with a glass of warm water and try to consume more fruits and vegetables. Include eggs, paneer, fish and nuts in your diet. Make sure you get all the vital nutrients from your food. Get involved in some kind of physical activity to ensure good blood circulation. If you want you can take one vitamin C capsule every day.
If you suffer from dry, itchy and flaky scalp then you should use onion and garlic hair oil. Use it even if you don’t have any dandruff issues. It will help in the prevention of scalp infections. Don’t forget the wise old saying that prevention is always better than cure.
Onion and garlic hair oil is very easy to prepare. Just make a paste of them and mix it with coconut oil in a small bowl. Heat the mixture carefully on a low flame for 5 minutes. Let it cool down a bit and then strain it. Apply this oil on your scalp first using your fingers and massage very gently. You don’t want any unnecessary breakage. Apply the remaining oil to your hair and comb properly to remove the tangles. Wash your hair with a mild shampoo or any shampoo that works for you.
3 amazing hair rinses
Hair rinses can do wonders on your hair if you use them regularly, once or twice a week. You don’t necessarily have to use a conditioner if you use a good hair rinse. Hair rinse works exactly like a conditioner. It makes hair soft and shiny and prevents breakage and split ends. Dermatologists say that most of the shampoos we use have chemicals that strip our hair of sebum. Sebum is the natural oil produced by sebaceous glands to help protect our hair strands. Doctors say that it’s better to use a hair rinse instead of a commercial conditioner. Commercial conditioners also have chemicals that damage our hair. Hair rinses restore pH balance of scalp and improve the quality of our hair. Hair rinses are super easy to prepare. You just have to collect the required ingredients and boil them in water. The following are the best hair rinses to use in winter.
- Hibiscus, guava leaves and tea hair rinse
The best ingredients to use in winter are hibiscus flowers, guava leaves and green tea or normal tea. You just have to boil these in half a litre of water for 20 minutes. Let it cool down. Filter it and use the infusion as a conditioner. You can apply it on your scalp and rinse your hair with it after you shampoo. It will make your hair very soft and shiny. The guava leaves are good to treat any scalp infection. They also help in killing the lice and treat dandruff.
- Coffee and rose water hair rinse
Coffee is an amazing hair rinse for dark coloured hair. You can use either coffee beans or 100% pure coffee powder to make your hair rinse. Don’t use those commercial coffee powders that consist of chicory. You just have to steep coffee powder in a bowl of water. Add rose water to this solution. You can prepare it at home by boiling pesticide-free rose petals in water. Apply this hair rinse on your scalp and hair. Leave it for at least 30 minutes. It will treat and prevent flakiness. It will make your hair glossy and repair damaged hair.
- Neem leaves and rose water hair rinse
Neem leaves have anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. It’s the best ingredient to use in winter. Boil some fresh neem leaves in half a litre of water. Let it cool down. Add rose water to it and rub the solution on your scalp. Rinse your hair properly with it. It will solve all your scalp problems, kill lice and will leave your hair soft. It will also detangle your hair.
Never use the shampoo directly on your scalp. Take some hair rinse, dissolve the shampoo in it and then use it.