Well, it looks like the frigid cold weather is here to stay… at least for a few more weeks. While the harsh winds, dangerous ice, and squalling snow storms are a hassle for us when travelling or getting around, the cold winter conditions do a number on more than our spirits: they actually affect your skin and hair harshly, as well. The brisk winds and cold temperatures are cruel to your skin and hair, and the contrast of having constant heat blowing from our car vents or furnaces makes the situation worse. It can lead to dry skin and limp, frizzy, or straw-like hair – which is something no one wants to endure!
Worry not, you don’t need to suck it up until springtime. There are natural ways that you can combat the rough winter conditions to protect your skin and hair, and today, we’re going to focus on the hair in particular.
The cold weather and heating systems suck moisture out of your hair which is why it can seem so lackluster this time of year. The main thing you want to take care of is moisturizing and nourishing your hair – without the dangerous and harsh chemicals found in expensive hair products, which actually do more harm than good. Close up your wallet and open your pantry for these amazing natural tips that will restore shine, body, and silky smoothness to your locks!
This miracle product is good for everything from cooking and baking to bringing life back to your hair (side note: it’s also a wonderful moisturizer for your skin! Just apply a thin layer when you come out of the shower or bath). About 20 minutes before you take a shower or bath, warm some coconut oil in your hands and smooth it over your hair. Typically, our roots need less moisture while the middle and ends of our hair get more dried out, so it’s best to put the most oil near the ends of your hair. The amount you need will depend on how much hair you have (note: if you have dark hair, use less at first and build up, as it may make your hair oily). Let it sit for 20 minutes, and then wash it out in the shower or bath. You can shampoo and condition as usual. You can use this solution each time you wash your hair!
2. Egg & Olive Oil Hair Mask.
These two powerhouse ingredients will add shine and silky smoothness to your hair! All you need is 1 egg and 1.5 tbsp olive oil (you may need more if you have very thick or long hair). Mix the ingredients together well to create your hair mask. Slather the mixture onto dry hair, and cover with a hair cap or a plastic bag (you may need to cover your shoulders with a towel while you do this: it can be quite messy). Let it sit for 20 minutes. Wash it out thoroughly, and shampoo and condition hair as usual. You can use this remedy a couple times a week, as needed.
Avocado is a delicious food packed with fiber and healthy fats. And, yes, it’s also great for your hair! All you need is 1/2 an avocado and 1 egg yolk. Blend the ingredients together until smooth. Apply to your hair, starting from the bottom and working up. Wrap your hair in a shower cap or bag and let it sit for 20 minutes. Rinse well in the shower. Shampoo and condition as usual.
Try any of these great tips for beautiful winter hair! And remember to steer clear of conventional hair products that are loaded with chemicals and harmful ingredients – they zap your hair of nutrients and beauty. Look to natural products for your best bet.
Katie has worked in the natural health & wellness industry for over 10 years and is currently studying to become a Registered Holistic Nutritionist. She is passionate about eating #feelgood food and recognized that this might look different for each and every person. She truly believes that in a healthy lifestyle, you can have your cake and eat your kale, too! Follow her on Instagram @katielmitts