Update your winter hair care regimen with these tips

  • Arpita Kala, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Dec 23, 2014 13:49 IST

With the season of sun and sand long gone, it’s time to amp up your hair regimen to face the chilly winds. From wrapping up your lovely locks in cool beanies to indulging in ­oh-so-comfortable hot oil head massages, here are our tips to help you flaunt healthy hair this winter.

Hair repair 101
Suffering from dry, itchy scalp or dandruff? Indulge in relaxing hot oil massages during winters to help ­revitalise your dry tresses. You can also apply a mixture of honey and olive oil for an extra dose of moisturising.

Turn down the heat
You may be aware that heat styling hair during winters can be damaging, but did you know that indoor room ­heaters and blowers can also dry out your hair? Invest in a room humidifier that can help add moisture to the air. If you must, apply a ­protective hair serum or a leave-in conditioner before using hair straighteners or curling tongs.

Cover up well
Cold weather can cause static electricity to play havoc with your hair. Avoid this by ­wearing a cool beanie. You can avoid the dreaded ‘hat head’ shape by wrapping a silk scarf before putting on your cosy, wool beanie. Also, make sure your headgear isn’t too tight.

Wash at leisure
This season, you can go easy on washing your hair every other day. Instead, wash twice in a week and make sure to condition every time. You can also rinse your hair with lukewarm water instead of extremely hot or cold water to seal in the moisturiser.

Dry your tresses
Air-drying or drying your hair naturally can be a pain in winter. So, start off by drying hair with an old T-shirt to prevent frizz, and apply a dollop of leave-in conditioner. Next, use a blow-dryer with a diffuser on the lowest setting.

* Pamper dry and damaged hair with oil. After washing your hair, rinse with a mix of lukewarm water and a few drops of essential oil.
* Protect your hair from the winter winds and look stylish too, by rocking a cool beanie.
* Trim your tresses once every 8 to 10 weeks to flaunt healthy hair. If you are growing out your locks, trim your hair about half an inch every month to help ­prevent breakage from ­moving up the hair shaft.

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