CHENNAI: December is here. Think it’s time to pull off the ‘all season beanie do’ for your dry, brittle hair? Think again. This is the beautiful season of weddings, festivities, vacation and parties. Time to rev up, let your locks down, sing, dance and enjoy the best of times with your friends and family. But dry hair can rob you off your natural beauty. Even a mild breeze leaves your hair frizzy and unmanageable, making the season of festivities a season of disaster! Here are some basic tips that you could try, to look your best this season:
Too hot is not hot: Avoid taking hot showers or washing your hair in hot water. Use warm, if not cool water for your showers. That way, the heat won’t dry out and damage your hair and skin. Always remember to do a cold rinse at the end of every shower to close the pores on your scalp.
Cover your hair with care: A great way to avoid frizziness is to wrap your hair in a silk scarf before putting on your cozy, wool beanie. This helps to protect your hair from damage caused by winter.
Condition those tresses: Shampoo less frequently and condition each time. During the winter months, it’s a great idea to treat yourself to a deep conditioning treatment at least once a week. This will help replenish the moisture and keep your hair from drying out.
Oil, your hair’s best friend: Argon, coconut, olive or almond — oil is your hair’s best friend during the cold spells as they have incredible moisturising properties. Oil can be chosen based on the nature of your hair and scalp.
Magical Mayonnaise and Avocado: Take half a cup of regular mayonnaise and half of an avocado, and grind them together into a hair mask. Cover your hair with a shower cap and wrap your hair with a hot and damp towel for about 20 minutes, after applying the mask. Wash it later. Regular usage will result in shiny and soft hair.
Amla and Fenugreek: Winter does not just affect your hair, it also causes a host of scalp issues, such as itchiness and dandruff. Application of amla to the hair will help combat dandruff. A mixture of warm coconut oil and lemon also does the trick. Fenugreek will help wade off the itchiness.
Chop and lock: Regular trims every eight to 10 weeks are a great way to get rid of parched ends. Every six to eight weeks, a trim of the ends will help reduce the chance of dry, split ends and give your hair the much-needed bounce.
Dry without drying: Too much heat on the hair can cause moisture loss. Opt for towel drying or blow dry in low heat. Apply a few drops of oil to the hair before drying, to leave your hair manageable and beautiful.
The miracle of water: Drink plenty of water to keep you hydrated on the inside as well. Consume a balanced diet to make your hair healthy and shiny. Include spinach, walnuts, eggs and sprouts in your diet.
All these measures will help keep your tresses healthy this season.