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December 20, 2011

Winter Hair Care for fine, thinning hair

Winter Trimming

Treat your hair to a trim or haircut. For women, thin hair looks better when it is just past shoulder length or shorter. A chin length bob is ideal. If your hair and scalp are relatively healthy, adding layers will give the appearance of more thickness and volume. Using blow dryers, curling irons, and flat irons can be harsh on hair and scalp during the winter so try to use them sparingly. If these hot tools are a must, use a leave in conditioner with thermal protection before styling.

Trim yourself with a hat, cap, or head scarf. Find a head covering that you enjoy wearing, feel pretty in, or makes a fashion statement. Make sure whatever you choose is a comfortable fit. The last thing winter hair needs is a restricted blood supply, or overworked oil glands, from a hat that is too tight. Wash or dry clean your head gear frequently.

The sun reflecting off snow, plus cold temperatures, will doubly dry your hair. If you enjoy outdoor winter activities, it’s best to put on a cap or scarf even on warmish winter days. Also, going outside in the cold with wet hair can cause the shafts to become brittle and break off. Even if you’re running late, protect your hair by drying it before you go out.

Three More Tips:

1) Try using hair thickening shampoos and conditioners. They are designed to infuse the middle layer of the hair shaft with nutrients to plump them up.  If you color or highlight your hair, use a shampoo and conditioner for color treated hair.

2) If your hair is naturally oily, or if your scalp is dry and itchy, do not put conditioner on your scalp. Massage it through your hair only. This prevents any drying residue from forming on skin, and your follicles will not become clogged with excess oil.

3) Use a vented hairbrush with sparse bristles.

Winter Grocery Shopping for Healthier Hair

 

  • bananas, tuna, chicken breast, garbanzo beans, potatoes, and roast beef for vitamin B6
  • walnuts, almonds, salmon, and flaxseed for omega-3 fatty acids
  • broccoli, oranges, strawberries, tropical fruits, and red peppers for vitamin C
  • squash, sweet potato, cabbage, kale, oranges, and carrots for vitamin A
  • corn, soybean, or safflower oil, walnuts/almonds/peanuts, and asparagus for vitamin E
  • lean meats, liver, eggs, beans, peanuts, fish and yogurt for protein
  • Brussel sprouts, dark greems, endive, lentils and tomatoes for folic acid

Healthy Hair Meal

Roast Beef with potatoes and carrots (vitamin A and B6)

3 bean salad w/ garbanzos (protein and VitaminB6)

Baby Brussels sprouts (folic acid)

Yogurt with sliced strawberries, topped w/ finely chopped walnuts (omega 3’s, vitamin C and E)

Winter-cise

Healthy hair needs a constant supply of nutrients, so find ways to keep yourself moving and your stress level low.

  1. Reduce stress and relax. Listen to quiet music, learn mindfulness meditation, drink chamomile tea, read a good book, journal, take a bubble bath complete with candles and a beverage of your choice, watch a comedy, or whatever else helps you reduce your stress.
  2. Don’t forget the exercise. Clean out a closet, take a walk, swim, put on music and dance, practice yoga or try Zumba, or take the stairs instead of the elevator.

Easy Yoga Pose for Healthy Hair

Stand with your feet, a little more than shoulder width apart. Bend your knees slightly. Place your hands on top of your thighs and walk your hands down your legs as far as you can (keep your knees only slightly bent). Then, let your arms fall to the floor like a rag doll and just hang there. Let the blood rush to your head one or two minutes if you can, then use your hands to walk yourself back up. (“Walking” with your hands will protect your back.) If you are not used to exercising or have a medical condition, check with your doctor first.

Winter Honey Hair Care

If your hair and scalp are very dry, you can take extra measures to moisturize your hair and scalp with oil rich moisturizers, hot oil treatments, or grab some honey.

Clover Honey Moisturizing Conditioning Treatment (Try it twice a month during the winter months)

Wet your hair with warm water; massage half a cup of pure clover honey into your hair, working it through to the ends. Cover your hair with plastic wrap or a plastic bathing cap. Wrap a clean bath towel around your hair, like a turban. Leave the conditioner on for at least 20 minutes. Shampoo, and condition your hair with a light cream rinse, or simply rinse with cool water. ( tip taken from Natural Beauty from the Garden by Janice Cox)

If you don’t have honey, you can use pure maple syrup. Both honey and maple syrup are natural humectants (promote retention of moisture).So don’t suffer with drab, dull, thin hair, protect it and you will see the difference.