The cold and harsh weather of winter can have a devastating effect on your hair. The icy winds and freezing rain combined with coming home to a warm house and central heating can leave the hair feeling dry and brittle. We are all aware that excess heat can damage the hair, there are plenty of heat repair treatments on the market as proof of it. Where heat makes the hair cuticle expand and form split ends the cold has the opposite effect, it causes the hair cuticle to shrink and shrivel, this warping out of shape makes the scales on the hair weak leading to the production of split ends and frizz. Cold does more damage to the hair than excess heat does as it weakens the entire shaft of the hair leaving it brittle and prone to breaking.
Caring for Winter Hair
Like it or not we do have to go out into the cold regularly, whether it is to get to work, do the shopping or carry out the school run. But there are some steps that you can take to try and limit the damage that the weather causes to your hair.
- Wear a hat when you go outdoors. Keeping your hair covered as much as possible when outside can help to protect it from the environment, and of course all of the pollution that comes out of the atmosphere in the rain, sleet and snow.
- You moisturise your skin everyday so do the same with your hair. Use conditioner regularly and give yourself a good conditioning treatment every few days, try dabbing your hair with some olive oil and combing it through before leaving it overnight and shampooing out the next day.
- Boost your vitamin intake. Start taking supplements or eat foods that are rich in vitamins A, B, D and E.
Healthy Hair, Healthy Body
The healthier your body is the better your hair will look and feel. Weak, brittle hair and hair loss are generally a sign that you are ill, stressed or in need of some kind of medical attention. Many women that suffer from premature hair loss are found to be deficient in vitamin B12. It is vital that those who are seeing their hair suffer in the winter months start taking a multivitamin complex as well as a B vitamin complex to ensure that their vitamin levels are topped up in order to help them retain their hair. Hormonal changes can alter the level of B vitamins in the body which will be reflected in the way that their hair feels and looks. Help yourself by eating foods that will boost the health of your hair.
- Live Yoghurt. The cultures in the live yoghurt help sustain the good bacteria in the gut, which assist in the production and absorption of vitamins.
- Garlic. Garlic helps to keep the immune system working and will help you fight off any winter viruses that could have a detrimental effect on your hair.
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