Winter is coming, and along with it dry, frizzy, fly-away hair. You could spend oodles of money on expensive products that are full of questionable ingredients. You could deal with the fact that winter hair is just no fun, and sit around yearning for spring. Or, you could get the best of both worlds by using affordable, natural products that you won’t find in the hair care aisle.
Coconut oil is quickly becoming my go-to for all things beauty. For skin care, it’s full of anti-oxidants that help your skin release toxins. It’s also a stellar moisturiser, which is one of the key elements that makes it so appropriate for taking care of winter hair. Its proteins are known to prevent breakage, and the fatty acids it contains are great for fighting dandruff.
When using coconut oil, or any oil on your hair, you want to let it sit for a while. If you’re soaking overnight, put a towel down to protect your sheets and pillows. You’ll want to use a shampoo or shampoo alternative to wash all of it out. The point is to leave your hair and scalp moisturised, not to walk around looking greasy.
Tea Tree Oil
I absolutely love tea tree oil, and the most coveted is native to Australia. It also moisturises, treats dandruff, and prevents split ends. I’ve even known those who swear it helps in hair growth. I’ve used it before for this purpose when I was trying to grow out a bad haircut, and it worked, but I don’t know how it works in isolation for this purpose as it was mixed in with other ingredients to make a branded product.
Tea tree oil is a little lighter than coconut oil. It’s used in many shampoos, especially to treat dandruff. If you’re using it as a treatment in isolation, though, I would still advise soaking for a while then washing it out, especially if you have thin hair.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar is most commonly used as a conditioner. Much like the previous two oils, it prevents split ends, moisturises and is wonderful for treating dandruff. It also helps you detangle you hair, and may also stimulate hair growth like tea tree oil. The pH of Apple Cider Vinegar is similar to that of your hair, so it can bring it back to its norm if yours is all out of whack from using a bunch of different products.
I wouldn’t worry too much about the smell, which is what keeps some people away. You want to rinse it out, but vinegar really only stinks when it’s wet. Once your hair is dry, you wouldn’t even notice a vinegar smell.
How do you keep your hair in control during the winter months?
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