Healthy Scalp In The Winter

African American woman outside in snow winter long hairThe winter months can be wearing on the hair and scalp, making it difficult to maintain shiny, soft, healthy looking hair. The cold, brisk winds, and dry environment make the hair brittle, dull and dehydrated. The scalp also becomes dried out, flaky, itchy and irritated. Using some of these methods will help your hair and scalp retain moisture to fight of the winter dry spell.

Reduce heat. Hair dryers, flat irons, curling irons, and other forms of heat is strenuous on the hair, all while they help us achieve the hairstyle we desire. While it may be hard to cut back on heat, the alternative to this is using lower settings (medium or low). Ceramic irons are also better options when it comes to protecting the hair-cuticle and preventing breakage. Air drying in a braid or twist is also a good option, if you choose to. Dr. Ashley Curtis, a dermatologist, shares that, “Truly minimizing the amount of heat on your hair can make a big difference in the quality of your hair. Heat can break your hair and it can cause overall dryness. I recommend blow drying your hair on medium to low settings, and try not to blow dry your hair everyday, if possible.”

Change your routine. Often times, using the same products in your hair-care routine that you used in the summer need to be adjusted for the winter months. Because of the drastic change in weather, implementing products that offer extra moisture and gentle cleansing are ideal. Incorporating conditioners are also helpful, and work well with hydrating hair masks. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!

Beware of styling products. Most of the styling products that we use, such as gels, mouses and volumizers, have a high alcohol content. This is drying for the hair and can further your hair issues. Using styling products that are vitamin-infused, or leave-in conditioners are more effective options. Look for products that will lock in moisture and revitalize your hair and scalp.