You’re hot and you’re cold
Moving between the cold outdoor temperatures and the hot, dry air from indoor heating, causes many people’s hair to become dry, fluffy and statically charged. Here are a few simple tips & tricks to help your hair and scalp survive the winter and prepare for the sunny days that are sure to return.
1 Choose the right headwear
In the winter, hats are the go-to accessory for many women. But hats can sometimes do more harm than good, due to the friction they cause, which results in static and greasy hair or even dry and damaged locks. So, avoid fabrics made from wool and cotton and instead opt for cashmere, silk or satin which will glide over the hair, will not absorb moisture and will allow the hair and scalp to “breathe” more. Also, ensure your headwear doesn't fit too snugly to avoid restricting your scalp’s circulation.
2 Don't wash too often
This tip applies to every season, in fact. Washing your hair less frequently is often the solution for getting rid of greasy hair. In the winter, your locks will dry out faster and take on a straw-like appearance if you wash your hair too frequently. Frequent washing also means that you are simply rinsing away the nutrients produced by your scalp.
3 Drink enough water & eat enough vitamins
This tip is always valid too, regardless of whether it’s winter or summer, spring or autumn. Because hydration & care doesn't just happen on the outside, it comes from inside too. So, drink plenty of water, put vitamins on the menu regularly, in the form of fruit and vegetables and every now and then eat fish that’s rich in omega 3 (such as mackerel, salmon, oyster, tuna etc.) Your scalp and hair will be thankful.
4 Trim the ends
Winter often makes hair ends dry and brittle. That’s why it is beneficial to trim the ends regularly. This keeps your hair healthy and prevents the chance of split ends.
5 Wash your hair with not-too-hot or lukewarm water
In the winter it’s quite tempting to get out of your warm cosy bed and step straight into a hot, relaxing shower. But don’t turn the heat up too much, because hot water can dry out your hair and scalp (which can already be more sensitive in the winter).
6 Dry your hair
Do not expose your wet hair to the cold outside air! When it’s colder, it takes a lot longer for your hair to dry. If you leave the house with wet hair, you are exposing it to temperatures it is not used to and you run the risk of it freezing and breaking.
7 Avoid the use of styling tools
Try to let your hair dry naturally as often as possible and avoid excessive use of hair dryers, styling tongs, curlers and so forth. These tend to dry out the scalp, and healthy hair starts at the roots, i.e. with a beautiful, healthy scalp.
8 Use a food supplement
Especially in the cold autumn and winter months, we lose more hair than usual. This is completely normal, because in the summer, we need more hair to protect us from UV damage. A food supplement can help you to nourish your hair, so that it’s not just healthy but also grows better. Belène Hair Growth Nutri capsules contain biotin or vitamin B8, which contributes to the production of keratin, the main protein for providing structure for your hair but also your nails. In addition, the capsules contain copper, which is known as an anti-grey mineral. This has a positive effect on the colour of the hair. Zinc also helps to strengthen the hair and to prevent split ends. The vitis vinifera in the formula keeps the scalp clean and healthy and the keratin (which comes from New Zealand sheep’s wool) also provides structure and strength.