Not to sound too ominous, but indeed, winter is coming. And along with that, we are all approaching a season where, invariably, most of us will start shedding dandruff. People start shedding the top layer of the skin from the scalp, for various reasons, but somehow, all of those reasons seem to get exasperated whenever winter comes knocking.
As natural and seemingly beyond our control such a scenario may be, people still find the sight of dandruff on shoulders and in the hair revolting. In a perfect world, such a natural thing shouldn’t matter that much, but alas, we do not live in one.
That being said, you can take hold of the situation and mitigate a lot of the reasons that lead to atrociously bad hair and scalp health in the winter. And, luckily for us, most of these remedies are not only easy, but quick as well.
1. Hot Oil Massages
Coconut oil is a great way to deal with almost all of your skin and hair related issues. However, when it comes to rejuvenating your hair, scalp, and for that matter, skin during the winters, it operates on a whole new level. Not only does a hot coconut oil massage help your scalp in retaining moisture, and locking it in, it is also very effective in increasing blood circulation, which in turn is not just relaxing, but gives a healthy glow to the skin as well.
2. Warm Water Baths
We know that most people avoid taking a bath every single day during winters, but that’s not exactly a good habit. Taking a bath irrespective of the weather is just a healthy thing to do. What you can do is regulate the temperature of the water. Instead of taking a bath with scalding hot water or an icy cold one, try to set the warmth at just the right temperature. This not only washes away most of the debris and dust that your hair collects throughout the day, it also gives a major vital punch to your skin, by facilitating more blood circulation. And since it is not feasible to shampoo or condition your hair every day, a bath keeps your hair all glossy, shiny and nice.
Although a little unconventional for men, steaming actually is very beneficial for your scalp and hair if you do it the right way. Steaming is a great way to rejuvenate and heal damaged hair, and helps them retain moisture. Just make sure you have a way to regulate the steam and that you have oiled your hair first, for maximum effect.
4. Shampoo + Conditioner
It is a very bad idea to skip shampooing during the winters. Not only does shampooing thoroughly cleans the hair, and nourishes it, if you pick the right one, shampooing can also help in moisturising your scalp. The massaging act of shampooing is great for the hair too. While you are at it, don’t forget to use a conditioners as well. And if for some reason you do not want to shampoo your hair that often, do not skip the conditioner. They moisturise your hair and keep it soft and healthy, no matter what the weather, or whether or not you have shampooed your hair.
Camphor works really well as a soothing agent and reduces inflammation of the skin. In winters, crushing camphor in your palms and rubbing them over your hair not only gives it a sheen, it also protects it from the dryness of the air by locking moisture, right into the hair. Using camphor after applying coconut oil acts as a disinfectant.
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