When the weather gets colder, our hair starts to lose moisture. Most of us want to keep our hair dry and cuticles down, but for those of us with naturally wavy or kinky curls, that doesn’t always happen! Even though we all know it’s possible to find ways to keep our locks in check when they’re wet, when it comes to winter, our locks usually get a little more wild. We start to reach for lotions and oils that can help soothe and moisturize while still leaving our locks feeling dry. But what if we told you there were actually home remedies that could work wonders on your mane? And they actually cost almost nothing? Yeah, right… We’ve all heard the saying: “If at first you don’t succeed, cut and curl your hair.” Well, this saying has never been more true than in the case of keeping your mane nice and soft throughout the colder months. Here are a few easy home remedies that will keep your tresses healthy and happy — guaranteed!
Keep your curls moisturized with a simple hair mask!
Closing your eyes and imagining your hair gently brushing against your fingertips can help you relax and get into the “me” mode when it comes to caring for your locks. Another effective way to keep your locks hydrated is to use a hair mask. A hair mask is a treatment that uses products like oils, waxes, or creams to deeply condition and nourish the hair.
Avoid over-drying with humid air dryers
Over-drying is the opposite of moisturizing, and will lead to dry, lifeless hair. Over-drying can be caused by two things — too much moisture in the air from humidifiers or washing your hair with dry air dryers. Dry air is too dry for your hair, and excess moisture in your hair can cause your scalp to become infected. To avoid over-drying, try to use a hydrating shampoo and conditioner twice a week and limit your washing to once a week.
Eat your vitamins
You probably already know that vitamins are important for your overall health, but you may not realize that some vitamins have a direct effect on the condition of your hair and nails. Hair that seems healthier is the result of consuming foods rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, biotin (also known as vitamin H), and the mineral iron.
Some people take prenatal vitamins only for the effect they have on their hair because they include all of the aforementioned vitamins. It’s also trendy right now to use biotin-only tablets to improve your hair’s appearance. Nonetheless, current studies disprove the claim that biotin makes a significant difference. There is credible evidence that taking marine protein supplements can improve hair health, so you may want to look into them.
Find the best air drying weather for your hair
The ideal air drying weather for your hair is either warm or warm-ish with moderate humidity. If you’re not sure what your ideal air drying weather is, try leaving your hair out for a few hours in the evening and then running a humidifier in your room. If that’s not working for you, try waking up early, drying your hair in the morning, and then putting it up before work.
Don’t use too much heat on dry hair
If you’re using too much heat on dry hair, you’re actually drying your hair out. Excessive heat dryes the scalp, leaving your strands dry, dull, and could even cause split ends. Try to use the right temperature for your hair type — low heat is best for fine, oily hair and high heat is better for normal, dry hair.
Protect your hair from wind and rain
When it comes to protecting your hair from the elements, the wind is your best friend. When your hair is wet, it’s extremely difficult for the wind to push away. This is why when it comes to keeping your hair dry and secure, you want to use up as much of that moisture as possible as soon as possible.
Reduce the amount of time spent in front of the dryer
You may have used heat on your hair for years to make it curly, straight, or voluminous. Perhaps this is also contributing to the dryness in your hair.
Blow drying your hair? Keep the dryer at least 6 inches away from the hair shaft.
In the shower, try lowering the temperature.
It’s possible that the hot water you use to rinse your body in the shower is also too hot for your hair. A possible health benefit of taking a cold shower is that it encourages hair to grow more quickly. When you’re finished in the shower with your shampoo and conditioner, give your hair a cool water rinse for a minute or two to reinvigorate the strands and soothe the scalp.
Keeping your hair hydrated is important, but don’t overthink it. Yes, you need to use special care when it comes to keeping your hair dry and secure, but you don’t need to stress yourself about it. These home remedies will help you keep your locks healthy and happy, and cost almost nothing! Remember, the drier your hair, the more important it is to use a moisturizing product to keep it that way. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different products and techniques to find what works best for you!