The weather is changing, and the temperature difference between indoors and outdoors is becoming much more noticeable. Outside in winter we are exposed to cold, wind, rain, snow, and indoors, on the contrary, it is hot, the air is dry because of the heating devices. Such a temperature difference – from heat to cold and vice versa – is sensitive for the hair (as well as for our body as a whole).
In late autumn and winter, patients of trichologists often complain of dryness and deterioration of hair quality. In order to minimize the harmful effects of the environment and maintain healthy hair, you need to follow several rules in winter.
So, hair care: tips from trichologists.
Tip one: don’t get carried away with dieting
Winter is not the right time for strict diets, especially those involving restrictions in the use of proteins. In the cold season, the energy consumption is quite large, so you need to eat rationally, but at the same time protein food (meat, etc.), as well as vegetables and fruits must be present in the menu.
Tip two: take vitamins
In the cold season, it is advisable to take vitamin and mineral complexes that saturate our body with those elements that we receive in insufficient quantities with food. For this, in principle, any ready-made general strengthening complexes sold in pharmacies are suitable. If you notice a deterioration in the quality of your hair in winter, then you should take special vitamins to strengthen your hair and nails.
The composition of such complexes includes vitamins and minerals that are necessary for our entire body:
- vitamins of groups A and B;
- Vitamin E;
- magnesium , etc .
Tip three: consult a doctor
Recommendations for taking vitamins and minerals in winter are best obtained from a cosmetologist or trichologist. Increased hair loss and deterioration of the hair structure may not be the main problem of the body, but just one of the symptoms of diseases of other organs, for example, the endocrine system, or indicate iron deficiency anemia. If a person is generally healthy, then the change of seasons should not lead to any noticeable deterioration in the condition of his skin and hair. If the precipitation has significantly increased with the onset of winter, it means that your body signals the presence of diseases in this way.
It is still not recommended to take vitamins on your own to strengthen your hair. An overabundance of vitamins can worsen the situation, as well as cause an allergic or side reaction. The doctor will help you determine which vitamins you need for specific body problems, as well as give advice on how to combine them, how to adjust nutrition.
Tip four: Use nourishing masks
Nutritious masks will be very useful in winter. They will help protect the hair from dryness, exposure to wind, cold and other adverse winter factors. Masks help to normalize the moisture balance of the hair and scalp. The plant extracts and other ingredients contained in them restore and improve the structure of the hair, moisturize it, give shine and silkiness. After applying the masks, the hair becomes more manageable, combs easier and suffers less from chemical (styling products) and thermal (hair dryer) effects.
- It is advisable to use masks no more than once a week, as they can make your hair greasy.
- It is better to choose hair and scalp care products (shampoos, balms, masks) from one cosmetic line.
The fifth advice: don’t get carried away with grandma’s recipes
Today, recipes for cosmetics “from grandmothers and great-grandmothers” are very popular, which are easy to prepare yourself. However, trichologists do not recommend getting carried away with homemade masks.
Firstly, they usually contain food products (eggs, cognac, honey, milk and others), which will bring much more benefit if they are used for their intended purpose, inside, and not externally.
Secondly, do not forget that our grandmothers used improvised means not because of their magical healing effect, but because of a shortage. Now there is a huge selection of care products in stores and pharmacies. Everyone can choose a line for winter hair care that is suitable for price, smell, composition and other parameters.
Thirdly, in ready-made creams, masks, shampoos, the composition is balanced, these products have passed the necessary clinical trials and are intended specifically for external use.
Tip six: get a haircut regularly
Do not think that, since in winter the hair is often hidden under hats, they need to be cut less often. The standard advice of hairdressers corresponds to the recommendations of doctors: once a month, dry tips must be trimmed, because it is no longer possible to influence them with masks or balms.
Those girls who, striving to grow long hair in winter, do not cut the tips are mistaken. Regularly cutting the driest part of the hair, we improve their quality and give them a well-groomed appearance.
Tip seven: take care of your hair according to its type
Care for oily hair in winter
Oily hair is found in many residents of Russia – this is due to our genetic characteristics. Perhaps, to some extent, the increased activity of the sebaceous glands was associated with the need to protect ourselves from the cold in winter, and this feature was inherited from our ancestors.
Oily hair needs special care. It is advisable to use only shampoo suitable for this type of hair, and balms and masks should be light. In the care of oily hair, it is logical to include funds with seboregulating substances.
- cleanse the scalp;
- soothe the skin;
- have an anti-inflammatory effect;
- regulate fat formation;
- do not allow microbes, bacteria to multiply against the background of excess activity of the sebaceous glands;
- reduce irritation of the scalp;
- prevent dandruff;
- have an antipruritic effect;
- they provide the correct hydrolipidic balance of the scalp and hair.
Winter care for dry hair
The active use of hair dryers, stylers and other modern styling products help modern women look more beautiful, but at the same time negatively affect the structure of hair, dry them.
Dry hair, in addition to regular washing, in winter also needs active additional care – in the form of masks, sprays, etc. Nutrients protect the hair from drying, protect them, give them shine.
If you already follow the above-mentioned advice of a trichologist, but your hair still does not please you with its appearance, consult a doctor. In the time remaining until the New Year, you can still manage to normalize the balance of vitamins and minerals, adjust daily care and undergo a course of mesotherapy.