The winter season wreaks absolute havoc on your hair. Your hair tends to go extremely frizzy and dry. However, following a proper hair care routine is one of the best things you can do for yourself. It would help if you found a routine that suits your hair. However, there are general tips you can follow to keep your hair healthy and fresh, especially in the winter season.
Get Enough Sleep
Sleep is an essential part of your overall health. Surprisingly, your hair is a part of your skin and thus requires a lot of nourishment. Even if you eat correctly and do not wash your hair often, those positive effects do not translate into overall hair health until you get enough sleep.
Sleeping at a proper time encourages hair growth, with toxins being removed from your hair follicles. It also serves as a great way to combat stress, leading to hair loss and poor health. It would help if you tried to get enough sleep and focus on improving your circadian rhythm. It helps improve your skin while also aiding overall hair health immensely. Some helpful tips to getting a good nights sleep include:
Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and processed foods before bed. Avoid dairy and wheat products that can irritate your body if you have known allergies
Eat a protein snack with carbohydrates before bed. L-tryptophan from protein-rich foods helps the body produce sleep-promoting hormones called melatonin and serotonin. Carbohydrates found in whole bread allow L-tryptophan to cross the blood-brain barrier to produce large amounts of sleep-promoting hormones. Foods rich in L-tryptophan are tuna, turkey, bananas, almond butter, avocados, dates, and figs.
Foods that contain tyramine, an amino acid, discourages the production of serotonin. Foods high in tyramine are cheese, spinach, sauerkraut, and bacon.
Avoid fluids two hours before bed to reduce the likelihood of waking to use the restroom.
Prepare your bedroom into an attractive place to sleep. You will sleep better in a relaxed and uncluttered environment.
Maintain a moderate temperature of 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
Reduce the light in the bedroom, especially blue light, using black-out curtains as bright light can disrupt the body from producing melatonin.
Warm your feet with socks. Feet often have the poorest circulation of your body. Wearing socks will stop your feet from becoming cold and disturbing your sleep
Wear earplugs to block or muffle sounds if you are a light sleeper or if you have to sleep in a noisy environment.
Add a little fragrance to the room. Essential oil of lavender relaxes. Sprinkle a few drops around your bedroom before going to bed.
Limiting Bleach / Dying Your Hair
Dying and bleaching are both processes done to your hair, which demand many chemical reagents to be added to your skin and hair. No matter what quality of products you choose, they do end up harming your hair quite a bit. While your skin and hair can generally recover from said damage, it is quite harmful to your hair to be susceptible to such rigorous chemicals in the Winter.
Since your hair is already quite damaged in the winter season, you should take off any harsh ingredients from your daily hair care routine and focus on plant-based and gentle products.
Incorporating and consistently applying these helpful hair care tips in your hair care routine will help protect your hair and reach your beautiful hair care goals during the winter months.
Guest Writer: Krystal Crawford
Krystal Crawford is a cosmetic chemist and beauty blogger. She’s an expert in skin and hair care with a passion for sharing hidden gems and useful tips for the beauty community.