As winter gradually creeps up on us, many of us are left wondering if hair loss and cold weather are closely related. While winter weather can be damaging to your hair and scalp, the damage might not be as extensive as you are expecting.
Do cold temperatures contribute to hair loss?
The answer to this question is that it differs from person to person, but if you suffer from excessive hair loss during winter, don’t panic because it is a normal phenomenon due to the dry air outside. It basically draws out the moisture from your scalp, which causes hair follicles to dry up as well, thus leading to breakage and hair fall. Your home’s heating system could be just as responsible for your hair becoming dry and prone to breakage. A dry scalp also means dealing with dandruff, so your head might feel itchy and irritable. This, coupled with arid air, can cause a significant amount of hair loss in the winter.
Opt for an oil massage
An oil massage not only nourishes your follicles and prevents hair fall, but it is extremely relaxing as well. Oils such as almond oil and olive oil are great for your hair, as they provide your hair and scalp with the right vitamins and fatty acids needed to fight the winter. Jojoba oil works wonders as a moisturizer!
Use the right kind of shampoo and conditioner
If your hair has become thin and brittle during winter, you have to include those products in your hair care routine that nourishes and combats hair loss. If dandruff is an issue in cooler weather, look for a shampoo with a dandruff-fighting ingredient. Opt for a shampoo & conditioner that reinforces hair strength and prevents hair loss throughout the year. If you feel that your hair is becoming overly dry, just cut back on the number of times you shampoo your hair. Try adding a once-a-week deep conditioning treatment to your routine. Instead of using drying hairspray or gel, use a hair cream to keep styles in place.
Use a hair mask
Occasionally using a hair mask during the cold weather is an excellent way to impart moisture to your hair, so it becomes less prone to breaking. A deep conditioning mask is a great way to keep your hair hydrated, and prevent it from drying out and becoming dull and lifeless.
Avoid dry heat
Steer clear from using a hot hair dryer. It is best to let your hair dry on its own or use a cooler setting, as dry heat can worsen the situation.
Exercise caution before stepping outside
When you go outside and put on a hat, wrap your hair in a silk scarf first as it protects your hair from the friction of the hat, reducing static buildup and the likelihood of cowlicks.
With a little bit of care and attention, you can prevent a great deal of hair loss when the mercury level goes down!