Winter hair treatment

By Simone Barrance

Naturopath Adv. Dip Nat

The winter months can be quite harsh on your hair. With the wind drying out the hair and naturally stripping oils from the cuticle, through to wearing hats and beanies which can then lead to an increase in moisture on your scalp leading to oily hair. The good news is hair treatments do not have to be expensive, messy or only done in a salon. Treatments can be done in your own home with ingredients you may already have in your pantry. See which ones may be suitable for your hair type.

 

For people with 

DRY HAIR

Winter can further dry out your hair with the increased use of dry heaters in your home and work place, not to mention you may not feel as thirsty as you do in summer, meaning that you may not be as hydrated as you should be. Here are a few simple ingredients to help improve the condition of dry hair:

 

Coconut Oil 

Coconut oil is naturally high in medium chain fatty acids that naturally have an affinity for the proteins found in hair and are able to penetrate inside the shaft to add moisture and lustre. 

Coconut oil naturally has a beautiful scent and is super easy to use. Apply to the tips and ends of your hair and leave anywhere from 20 minutes to overnight for improved moisture, shine and a lovely scent. Wash out as normal.

 

Eggs

Eggs are packed full of protein and nutrients and make a great treatment for dry hair. Simply whisk a full egg (or 2 depending on your hair length) and add 2 tablespoons of oil (olive or coconut oil work well) apply the mixture to the tips and ends of your hair and leave for 30 mins. Rinse with cold water first (you do not want to cook the egg) and then wash as normal.

 

Carbonated Water

One of the simplest ways to help seal the hair cuticle is by using a cold rinse of water once you have finished with your hair routine. Due to the balanced pH level, carbonated water can be used as a substitute for regular water to help reduce fizz and seal the cuticle. 

 

 

For people with 

OILY HAIR

 

Bicarbonate Soda

Bicarbonate soda helps to balance the pH of the scalp due to its alkalising nature, as well as being a great oil absorber, making this commonly used powder great if you are wanting to reduce excessive oil in your hair and scalp. You may have already used bicarbonate soda in your fridge to remove bad smells, but it also works on reducing smells in your hair and scalp too.

Simply mix 1 part bicarbonate soda and 3 parts water and mix to a thick paste. Apply this to your scalp and hair, leave on for 5-10 minutes and then shampoo/condition as normal.

Due to the oil absorbing nature of bicarbonate soda, you can also rub a small amount of the dry powder into your scalp as a dry shampoo between washes!

 

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar naturally contains acetic acid which has been shown to neutralise pH (similar to that of bicarbonate soda), which in turn helps control the secretion of excess oils, but is also commonly used to improve softness and shine of the hair. Doing an apple cider vinegar rinse is the easiest way to do it. Mix 1 part apple cider vinegar and 2 parts water (play around with the ratio until you find what works best for you) and add to a spray bottle or water bottle. Pour over hair, leave for a few minutes and rinse out with water. Do this as the last part of your hair washing regime for best results.

 

Don’t forget

DIET

plays a key role in quality of your hair!

 

Comfort food is often associated with winter, but ensuring you continue to get the right nutrients in your diet can work wonders on your hair. Here are some foods to include in your diet this winter:

 

Fish

Especially deep sea fish such as salmon and tuna as they contain good levels of Omega 3 essential fatty acids, as does your hair. As your body is unable to produce its own Omega 3 it is vital to get it from your diet daily. Other sources of Omega 3 are avocado, walnuts and chia seeds.

 

Eggs

Naturally are good sources of both sulphur and biotin, which are both needed in hair health.

 

Pumpkin Seeds 

Naturally high in Zinc. Zinc is a nutrient involved in the function of hair growth and skin health.

 

 

So next time you are in your local store why not grab some of these inexpensive ingredients and treat your hair all year round.