Winter Healthy Hair Growth Tips
Achieve healthier hair on the outside and inside to protect from cold weather damage!
After many days of the hot sun, sweating and chlorine exposure in the pools, your hair has been stripped of essential oils and nutrients. Visit a professional Stylist for a complete outer hair evaluation and a good hair trim of about 1/2 inch which will cut away damaged split ends. Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water, eat proper nutrition and put key nutrients in your system. Because you hair grows from within, you must take care of it on the inside as well.
Moisturize your hair daily to reduce dryness, brittleness and breakage!
In general, as women of color, our hair is usually dry due to decreased sebaceous (oil) gland secretions. As the temperatures become cooler and less humid, your hair becomes even drier. Apply a daily moisturizer (oil sheen, lotion, etc) to your hair, especially the ends which are more prone to splitting and breakage when too dry. Hairstylescut.com’s hair experts suggests their favourite remedies for dry hair — basic olive oil which can be used daily or applied heavily with a plastic cap the night before shampooing. Also, on days when at home relaxing, apply a heavier amount of moisturizer followed by plastic cap and cute scarf. Doing this as often as possible is an excellent way to retain moisture in hair strands.
Even during the winter, you must shampoo your hair at least once a week!
Contrary to popular belief, we should wash your hair at least a week followed by a moisturizing conditioner regardless of the changing temps. Keeping the scalp clean will also reduce yeast and bacteria accumulation to avoid an itchy, dry scalp, if your follicles are inflamed or irritated. Also, since we typically use a lot of styling products such as greases, gels and pomades, a thorough clarifying shampoo should be done monthly to remove product build-ups.
Dry scalp needs more than just grease!
During the winter, your scalp can become even drier. However, if it is also itchy then there is a Pityrosporum yeast build-up called Seborrheic Dermatitis. A medicated shampoo with zinc, selenium sulfade, coal tar, salicylic acid or ketoconazole should be used and left in for at least 10 minutes to allow peneteation into the follicles. You may follow with your favourite shampoo. Repeat every week until under control then so at least once a month as maintenance.
Watch wool scarf’s, hats and coats!
Be careful while wearing wool that can rub against the back of the neck which can lead to a thin hairline.
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Care for your hair both on the outside as well as the inside where your hair roots are located. By doing so, you will gain stronger, longer, thicker healthier hair. I welcome your comments for any questions.