Hair is prone to damage particularly in winters because of the dryness. The hair is likely to show signs of breakage, static charge and fly-away. This can be taken care of with little effort. Here are a few useful tips to prevent your hair from damage during winter season.
Type of Hair Damage
There are two types of damage that your hair can suffer. One is chemical damage and the other is mechanical damage. ¬†When you apply cosmetics containing chemicals for the purpose of bleaching or lightening or coloring of hair the hair is exposed to chlorine and oxidizing agents. The effect is that the hair start losing their natural protein and become weak.
Mechanical damage is caused due to exposure of hair to sun and wind and also when it is subjected to heat styling, towel rubbing and combing / brushing the hair when it is wet.
Change the Hair Cosmetics
Some people may not be coloring the hair but they are advised to use a glaze or semi-permanent colors. These do not contain ammonia and hence keep your cuticles smooth, thick , strong and bright. Try using a shampoo and conditioner that is best suited to cure the type of damage that your hair has suffered.
It is better to treat the hair that has suffered mechanical damage with moisture instead of protein. A moisturizing or hydrating shampoo with conditioner is recommended.
If the hair has experienced both types of damage then changing the products will do better.
Hair treatment once or twice a week will ensure an early recovery of damaged hair. Wrap your hair in a plastic bag and warm with blow-dryer then pause for about half an hour. A delineation hair and skin essentials mask is recommended.
Alternate the Routine
The aim is that you should maintain the natural texture of your hair. Try to dry your hair with natural air and avoid the use of hot-iron dryers. Keep trimming the hair after every six weeks in order to guard against split-ends.
Never comb or brush your hair when it is wet. Even on dry hair always use a wide-tooth comb to protect the hair from breakage.
Never use hair-dryer when the hair are wet. This will almost boil the water present in the hair along with the hair. Use towel to blot the additional moisture and when the hair get dried up then turn on the heating appliance. A micro-fiber hair towel is recommended because it soaks up more water and in short time as compared to a cloth towel. The more effective blotting is done less the hair dryer will be needed. You may even apply an anti-heat damage product on the hair before using a hair dryer.
The choice of suitable tools is also essential for the hair. A fine-hair type person should use hot roller instead of a curling iron. If the hair is coarse one can afford to apply hot appliances. Always maintain a safe distance between blow dryer and hair. Keeping the blow dryer very close to hair will damage the roots of hair.