We all know that the cold winter months wreak havoc on our skin. Unfortunately, the harsh weather extends to our hair as well. You may experience more dandruff, dry hair and frizziness than ever this time of year.
Fight Dandruff the Natural Way
Don’t wait until it starts snowing on your shoulders. A dry, flaky scalp is not an inevitability when it comes to wintertime. Instead of reaching for that chemically-laced shampoo, try a natural solution to your itchy scalp.
Argan oil is the best choice for scalp treatments. Simply add a few drops to your finger tips while in the shower and rub deeply into the scalp. Allow the oil to penetrate into your skin before washing with your regular shampoo.
Oil Therapy for Dry Hair
A deep conditioning treatment is great for dry winter hair. The best conditioning treatment is one you can do at home. Cover your hair in a moisturizing oil. Use argan oil, coconut oil or almond oil for best results. Braid or wrap hair tightly. Allow the oil to penetrate your hair and scalp for as long as possible before shampooing and rinsing.
You can add essential oils to your oil therapy routine for even better results. Dry hair benefits from cedarwood, lavender, sandalwood, geranium or patchouli. Make sure to do a patch test before using an essential oil in your hair. Though all of these are gentle enough for most skin types, some users may have sensitivities to certain oils.
You do not have to wash your hair every day. In fact, most beauty experts agree that washing your hair once or twice a week is sufficient, even if you have an oily scalp. In the winter months, you can go even longer without washing. Use a dry shampoo in between washing to keep hair looking and feeling fresh.
You can make your own dry shampoo at home using corn starch and essential oils. In a clean jar, combine about one half cup corn starch with three to four drops of the essential oil of your choice. Peppermint, lemon and lavender are the best options for soaking up oils from your scalp between washings. Mix well for blended scents. Use liberally on your scalp and wait about 15 minutes the corn starch to absorb oils. Comb through with a good brush, avoiding plastic in order to keep static at bay.