We all love winter but there is no denying the fact that winter is a pretty harsh season for our immune system, skin and even hair. The dryness of the winter season, along with the low temperature, has a negative impact not only on how your hair looks but also how healthy it is. While some experience an excess of dandruff others witness hair fall during winters. But the worst enemy during this season is dryness. According to Vikas Chawla – Founder and Director, Vedas Cure, an online Ayurveda treatment center headquartered in Noida – it is advisable to shampoo your hair more than twice a week and fight out the urge to get out of a blanket and take a dip.
“The oil massage gives your scalp oxygen supply and initiates blood circulation to the roots. The act of brushing is also very healthy step for the shiny hair. It stimulates the oil-producing glands in the scalp and this oil makes the hair glossy. Experts advise that using hot products can be very damaging during winter – for instance taking a hair wash with warm water,” said the founder of Vedas Cure, which recently introduced a range of Ayurvedic products for hair.
What causes dandruff in winters and remedy
It is advisable that cold products and cold water must only be utilized for hair during winter. Usage of hair dryers must be avoided. It leads to heavy hairfall, and leads to breaking of soft hair strands right after a wash. Flaking is not to be confused with dandruff. During winter, dryness persists in the air and makes the atmosphere devoid of moisture. This causes dryness of the skin as well as the scalp. The scalp, when dry, becomes flaky, which makes it easier for dandruff to thrive. The easiest remedy is to avoid excessive drying by minimizing the duration of hot water baths.
Things to keep in mind for healthy hair
Make it a practice to oil your hair overnight. Applying lemon juice the next day on the scalp and washing it after 15 minutes is said to give wonderful results. After shampoo, you can also add two table spoons of apple cider vinegar to a mug of water and use it as the last rinse to give the hair their much needed glow. Another home remedy is to Soak fenugreek (methi) seeds overnight in water and then grind them into a paste, adding 2 teaspoons of olive oil and paste of hibiscus leaves and flowers will make it a magical paste for hair growth and shine. This is advised to be applied only in winters.
Ayurveda recommended tips for healthy hair at a glance:
- Keeping a balanced diet full of minerals, vitamins, proteins etc.
- Milk should be an essential in diets of both women and men.
- Especially for women, it is recommended to abstain from chemical haircare products, straightening through warm rods, usage of hair dryer should be minimal and chemical serums for shine must also be avoided.
- Oiling is a must for both men and women.
- Digestion cycle should be smooth.
- In the olden times, people use to practice Shirshasana on daily basis which helped in regulating blood flow towards the skull, leading to improved hair quality and better digestion. This exercise must only be practiced now under certified expert supervision.
- Taking Vitamin D via sunlight in the early morning hours before 8-9 am