Do you find your hair and scalp to be particularly dry during the winter season? Are you struggling with dandruff? Does your hair seem a lot duller and more damaged than usual? One of the reasons could be the winter weather conditions.
Winter can be very demanding on our heads, as the cold weather combined with the dry air can cause a lot of damage to our hair and scalp. During the winter season, our hair requires more maintenance and hair products than usual to remain healthy and stylish.
Let’s look at some of the most common hair and scalp problems you can have during the winter and a few tips on how to fix them.
1. Dry Scalp
During the winter, the atmosphere is colder, and the air is much drier than in the summer months. The cold and dry air blows on our hair and scalp all day and strips them of their necessary moisture.
This can lead to your hair strands becoming brittle and eventually breaking. Also, it can cause a lot of damage to the skin of your scalp and make it feel dry and itchy.
How to Fix Dry Scalp
When dealing with a dry scalp, you should look to maintain the balance of your natural oils. You may want to avoid the daily use of shampoo and let the natural oil buildup protect your scalp from the cold and dry winter conditions.
Hair treatment products like our Honey Shea Hair Treatment will effectively nourish your hair and soothe your dry and itchy scalp. The Shea butter and honey ensure that your scalp’s thirst is quenched without getting damaged by the ingredients found in the most popular conditioners.
2. Straw-Like Hair Texture
Cold and dry air is the primary culprit for dry and damaged hair. When our hair is exposed to harsh weather conditions, its natural moisture is removed, leaving it feeling like a straw. This problem is particularly apparent in long hairstyles or curly hair.
Straw-like hair texture can be a pain to tame and style, and it always lacks the natural shine necessary to stand out. Not to mention that if you don’t deal with it, it may damage your hair irreversibly and cause split ends.
How to Fix Straw-Like Hair Texture
Since the cold, dry air strips the natural moisture from our hair, you should look to maintain its moisture levels every day. The best way to do this is to use a high-quality natural conditioner and avoid ones with lots of chemicals.
Our Lavender Lemongrass Conditioner contains all-natural ingredients like shea butter and honey to protect your hair from harsh weather. Also, the argan and jojoba oils inside will leave your hair feeling smooth and shiny.
Additionally, you should avoid taking prolonged hot showers or using scorching hot water on your head. The hot water dries out hair even more and can cause a lot of damage to your hair’s texture. Instead, use lukewarm water when you wash your hair to maintain its health.
3. Hat Hair
Hat hair is one of the most common issues we face during the winter. After all, we need to wear protective gear on our heads to fight off the cold. But, once you remove your hat or scarf, the static electricity created can easily mess up your hair.
And if you try to comb it with your hands, you’ll probably mess them up even more because your hands also have static buildup.
Also, while hats and beanies may look stylish and keep us warm, they can weigh down our hair significantly, leading to dull-looking hairstyles that lack volume or texture.
How to Fix Hat Hair
The obvious solution is avoiding the excessive use of hats, but that’s not always feasible, especially if you live in a cold climate. One solution to hair static and flyaways is to apply some hair product after you remove your hat.
Our Natural Hair Putty is an excellent styling product that combines natural waxes and organic butters to protect your hair while maintaining its style and texture. Plus, its high vitamin E content will keep your scalp calm and healthy, even in the harshest winter months.
Additionally, dry shampoo can work wonders on “hat hair” and give them high volume and texture. Finally, you should consider a short to mid-length hairstyle for the winter months. This will prevent all the tangling and mess that your hair goes through during this period.
Dandruff is a very common scalp condition that both men and women face. When you have dandruff, your scalp becomes very itchy and flaky without any signs of irritation. These white skin flakes fall off the scalp and onto the shoulders and collars of your clothes which can feel embarrassing.
Dandruff has many causes, such as a specific fungus that lives in our hair. But, one of the most prevalent causes that can trigger dandruff is dry and cold winters. Winter conditions can dry out your skin significantly, which aids in the development of dandruff.
How to Fix Dandruff
There are a few ways you can deal with dandruff, including using an anti-dandruff shampoo and conditioner every day until it goes away. But, these special shampoos are often filled with chemicals that can ruin the overall health of your scalp.
To avoid dandruff and a damaged scalp, you should use a high-quality natural shampoo like our Lavender Lemongrass Shampoo. Its non-toxic surfactants will cleanse your hair of any oil or dirt buildup, while its essential oil mixture will restore the balance of your natural oils and aid your overall hair health.
If you don’t enjoy fragrances, our Natural Shampoo features the same formula except for the lavender and lemongrass aroma.
5. Split Ends
Our hair tends to split at the ends when it becomes too dry and brittle. This damage can be caused by extremely high temperatures, such as prolonged blow drying or excessive use of hair straighteners or curling irons.
However, split ends can also be caused by very low temperatures and dry air. Therefore, hair splits are even more common in winter and can make your hair look damaged and dull with no texture.
How to Fix Split Ends
You can actually prevent split ends with a few different measures. The most important one is to avoid using straightening or curling irons too much and blow drying your hair at a lower temperature.
You should also avoid products with chemicals in them and instead use natural conditioners like our Natural Conditioner. Its Shea butter and natural honey formula will help moisturize your hair and protect them from splitting.
If you have a lot of split ends in your hair, then your only solution is to cut the ends off. You can visit a hair salon or do it yourself using a high-quality pair of scissors or clean hair clippers.
Here’s to Happy Hair!
Winter conditions are definitely an enemy to the health of our hair and scalp, and we need to take additional measures to maintain their health. One of the most important steps is using high-quality natural hair products like the ones at Jusu.
Our haircare products are all-natural and plant-based, without fillers, toxins, or fragrances. They also include 100% pure essential oils and botanicals. At Jusu, we strive to create the most effective and ethical products possible. That’s why our products are safer and more effective than 90% of the market.
Matthew Burke, Guest Blogger