How To Get Your Crowning Glory
Updated: Jan 6, 2019
Seeing Viola Davis's afro at the Golden Globes gave me a year's worth of hair envy. There is a reason a healthy head of hair is called a crowning glory.
Hair is an appendage of our skin, and just as the cold weather can wreck havoc on our skin, it also takes its toll on our hair. The cold air strips hair of its moisture. Each dehydrated strand is brittle and prone to breakage. Pulling woollen jumpers over our heads and bundling up with thick scarves increases static and then frizz. Prolonged periods of damp hair can lead to scalp irritation.
With that being said, I've gathered up a few tips to help us get the glorious mane we all want just in time for spring.
1. Get flake-free: The cold air dries out the scalp, leaving it more susceptible to dandruff. Dandruff is linked to the presence of a fungus on the scalp, which feeds on the oils that are there. As the fungi feed on the oil, they produce a chemical which over-stimulates the skin cells. Clumps of these skin cells fall off as flakes.
Dandruff itself doesn't affect hair quality, but in extreme cases the irritation and itching can cause hair loss.
To combat dandruff, use shampoos with antifungal medications with ketoconazole. If you prefer a natural alternative, try coal tar or tea tree oil. Be cautious when you start though as coal tar stains and some people are allergic to tea tree oil.
2. Give the washing a rest: Most of us have warm showers, and hot water dehydrates the hair shaft. When combined with the cold air and being in heated rooms, hair can become extremely brittle.
Leaving your hair wet is another bad idea, as it is more likely to freeze, become brittle and develop split ends.
I suggest washing your hair once or twice a week to limit the damage. Dry shampoo can also be used to help with any excess oil production and product build up.
3. Wrap it up: Tis the season for head wraps. They protect our tresses from the harsh elements and help to retain moisture. Silk or satin headscarves also reduce the static that develops when we wear wollen scarves and jumpers. It is this static that causes frizzy hair.
Even our bed linen can be too rough on our strands. Sleeping in a silk or satin scarf protects hair and reduces breakage.
3. Deep Condition for long tresses.
By now you know that moisture loss is the major issue during winter. The easiest way to combat this is to deep condition the hair at least once a week.
A scalp massage using warmed olive oil encourages blood flow to the scalp whilst moisturising it.
Honey is a natural humectant so it's great for sealing in moisture. Apply raw honey from the roots to the tips and cover with a shower cap for 30 minutes, before you wash out with cool water.
Coconut oil is full of antioxidants, vitamin E and fatty acids which are all crucial for hair growth. Deep conditioning with coconut oil also prevents breakage, locks in moisture and maintains a healthy sheen.
5. Limit Blonde Ambition: Harsh bleaching agents and regularly colouring during winter can really strip hair of moisture and cause breakage. In fact most colourists will say that going blonde during winter is usually followed by a chop as hair really suffers and is prone to breakage.
The same goes for chemical relaxers or other forms of chemical alterations.
These are our top tips for maintaining luscious locks over the cold months. To find out our secret to winter skin care, check out our blog "How To Rescue Winter Skin "
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