Give your tresses the star treatment this winter
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The cold winter days combined with dry indoor heat can wreak havoc with your hair. While most of us will have kept our hair protected against sun damage during the summer, it can be just as big a battle to prevent our hair from drying out in the winter months too.
Split ends and breakage can happen to all hair types during the colder months, which is why we all need to take extra care to keep our hair, and our bodies, hydrated.
Hair loss at this time of the year is a common concern.
We all lose around 100 hairs a day, but during a shedding period this can rise to between 200 and 300 a day.
During the winter months in particular I would have a lot of clients expressing concern about the hairs left behind in their hairbrushes and showers.
In most cases it is nothing to worry about, but if it continues after four weeks you should consult your doctor.
Increased hair loss at this time of the year is down to atmospheric change and dehydration.
Using a good hydrating shampoo and conditioner throughout the winter months will help nourish the hair, but you should also ensure you keep hydrated within.
We all know that drinking plenty of water keeps our skin looking healthy, but it will also help to combat dryness in the hair and scalp.
The scalp is where the hair follicle lives, so it is very important to keep it from drying out.
A dry scalp, which can be caused by a lack of moisture in the air, can lead to dandruff and, in some cases, itchiness and hair loss.
A simple way to prevent this is to massage a small amount of organic coconut oil into the scalp before shampooing and leave for around 20 minutes. You can also cover the whole hair with the oil and pop your hair into a shower cap for a simple and cheap DIY home hydration treatment. If you repeat this once every three weeks it should keep both your hair and scalp protected from drying out. You can also care for your hair during the winter with a good supplement. There are so many supplements specifically for hair and nails on the market, but I have found that a good multivitamin will help keep you fortified from the inside out. Your hair follicles feed off your blood supply and can be affected by antibiotics and other medicines more commonly prescribed during the winter months. Again, a good multivitamin should help combat this. Finally, if you are still concerned about the condition of your hair, talk to your local stylist, who will be able to recommend a good professional hydrating treatment.
÷ Keris Weir, MG Hair Boutique, 153e Union Street, Lurgan, tel: 028 3832 5543
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