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Tricks to say goodbye to winter dandruff

Brrrr…winter is coming. While warm woollens and warmer cups of hot chocolate will rule the roost, the change in the weather will also bring about a change in your regular hair care regime.

That’s right. When the weather changes, you need to change your beauty regime too. And in winter, even more so. During winter, humidity drops, making the weather drier. And this brings about one of the most common beauty problems of cold weather – itchy scalp and dandruff and of course, frizz!

If you already have dry hair, then this problem could worsen. At times, dandruff could be a deterrent to hair follicles which could lead to an increase in hair fall.

But before you pull your hair out in frustration, we have some tricks up our sleeves. Quite literally so. These tricks will not only help you get rid of dandruff but will also help you flaunt healthy, dandruff-free hair, all winter long.

Here are some fabulous tricks to get rid of dry winter hair

1. Oil your hair before washing it

Just as you hydrate your skin with a moisturizer, moisture your hair with hair oil. Apply warm hair oil (not hot) to your hair. Coconut Oil is excellent in hydrating the scalp and hair. It also aids blood circulation and prevents flaky, itchy scalp. Moreover, the antimicrobial properties of Coconut Oil help in reducing Eczema, a skin condition that could cause dandruff.

Essential Oils like Tea Tree Oil contain anti-fungal and other potent properties that reduces itchiness and other signs of dandruff. It also has the ability to penetrate the roots and soothe the scalp. It has hence for a long time, been used as an effective method to treat skin and hair concerns. But remember, do not apply Tea Tree Oil directly to the scalp. Dilute it in a carrier oil like Coconut oil. It restores moisture to prevent dandruff as well as dryness.

However, if you skip this step of oil-massaging your hair, remember to apply conditioner to your hair after washing it. The correct way to apply hair conditioner is to start at the ends and go up to the roots.

2. Don’t wash your hair often

As cold climates can dehydrate your scalp, it is best to avoid washing your hair too often. Use lukewarm, never hot water, when bathing. Ensure that you wash off all the residual shampoo to prevent further infection or irritation to your scalp. And use anti-dandruff shampoos like Head &  shoulders or dove antidandruff shampoo for the best results.

3. Pick a sulphate-free shampoo

Sulphate-free shampoos will not strip your hair of natural oils. In fact, they are known to hydrate your hair and help maintain the moisture balance of your hair. These shampoos work great during winter as they not only prevent winter dryness and dandruff but leave your hair moisturized and soft. Wash your hair thoroughly to avoid any residue.

4. Brush your hair regularly

Brushing your hair often will help in blood circulation and will stimulate the secretion of hair’s natural oils. This keeps the hair well-nourished and moisturized leaving it free of flakes, frizz-free and looking as healthy as ever. But never overdo the brushing as this may cause hair damage.

5. Use a cotton towel

While a nice, sturdy Turkish towel may be your go-to, it can be rough on your hair. Switch to cotton towels during winter as these are not only softer but will also help lessen the frizz brought on by the cold climate. A cotton T-shirt works well too.

6. Opt for hair masks

Hair masks are another effective way to keep your hair soft. Hair masks help rehydrate the hair and keep them soft and well-nourished. Most hair masks contain protein which also helps in strengthing the hair, and in reducing breakage. Remember, also apply hair masks on damp hair. Never dry or soaking wet hair.

7. Avoid hair treatments and heat

If possible, it is best to skip colouring or treating your hair during winter. This is because the chemicals present in the hair colour will dry your scalp and hair causing itching. Hairdryers too can strip your hair of moisture leading to a dry, flaky scalp. Instead, towel dry your hair or let it dry naturally.

Stay healthy inside. Flaunt great hair outside.

1. Drink water

Apart from cosying up with hot chocolate, make sure you drink enough water, even when you don’t feel thirsty. Insufficient consumption of water can lead to dehydration. Drink at least 4 to 5 litres of water a day to keep your skin and hair hydrated.

2. Eat healthy

Changing your diet is a great way to get rid of dandruff. Include Omega-3, Vitamin B, Zinc, in your diet. Fruits, greens, eggs, and fish are excellent sources of nutrients.

3. Decrease sugar intake

As much as we love to gorge on sweets, too much sugar is bad for health, and hair too. Too much sugar increases sugar levels in the blood thus causing a flaky, itchy scalp. Switch to honey or jaggery or reduce your sugar intake.

4. Lower your stress

Stress worsens everything, including dandruff. Try to stay calm and indulge in meditation, leisurely walks or even yoga. Even sufficient sleep works wonders. Try to keep your positivity quotient up and negativity far, far away.
Enjoy the winter. After all, it comes just once a year.

Bonus tips and tricks for dandruff-free hair

  • Use circular movements while oiling your hair to stimulate blood circulation.
  • Avoid using too styling tools and get regular trims.
  • Preferably cover your hair while you are outside or travelling. A pretty scarf or a smart hat works well.
  • Don’t step out with wet hair during winters
  • Try to refrain from scratching your hair. It may feel great and satisfy the itch but it can also lead to inflammation or irritation, especially if you have sharp nails.
  • If your dandruff problem seems severe, don’t hesitate to seek medical advice.
  • Be gentle with your hair

With a few lifestyle changes and a committed beauty regime, you will be able to say goodbye to dandruff for good. It’s all about investing in the right products and following the right routine. But the real trick here is to be consistent. Only then will you be able to see the results. But hang in there, girl. Good hair days are on their way. Follow these simple tricks and you’ll be able to let your hair down and enjoy winter in all its glory.

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