Winter air can be brutal on our hair and scalp. While gusting winds and frigid temps outside whip our tresses into a mess, the warm and dry-like air inside our home and office do even more harm.
"It's indoor heating that really dries out the hair and weakens the hair cuticle. "Without that protective barrier, hair fibers peel and break."
Support your locks and stop this cycle with some changes in the products you choose and how you use them.
A Rx Prescription for Shine
Like a sneezy and achy winter head cold, winter hair has it's own set of symptoms: static, dry, dull, frizzy, and flat. Nursing your hair to health takes multifacited approach.
Hydrating: Give your parched hair a long drink they need by switching to moisturizing shampoos and conditioners such as Kasia Replenish Shampoo and Conditioner. Sea kelp, aloe, and shea moisturize, repair and strengthen, restoring shine and defining curls. Vitamins E and C are powerful antioxidants that repair and protect.
Seal Your Split Ends
Dehydrated and thirsty hair means fraying tips and dreaded spit ends. The only way to get rid of those crunchy tips is with regular haircut "dustings" every six to eight weeks. Between trims, prevent future damage by applying a hydrating conditioning oil into your hair to smooth, nourish, and protect.
Due to the daily ware and tear, the roughed-up surface of dry hair doesn't reflect light as the sun in partial retreat during wintert. Add gloss and protection to your sad and gloomy locks with Kasia's Off the Fritz. This is a great leave-in that protects the hair from heat and UV rays, while leaving your hair weightless and with shine. "Oh yeah, it protects that beautiful color you invested in!"
A Rx Prescription for Nutrition
Skinless chicken breast is another healthy source of protein, and it's rich in B vitamins — folate, B6 and B12 — that maintain healthy hair. These vitamins play an important role in the creation of red blood cells, which carry oxygen and nutrients to all body cells, including those of the scalp, follicles and growing hair. When the body is deprived of B vitamins, the cells can starve, causing shedding, slow growth or weak strands that are prone to breaking.
Lentils are especially high in both folate and iron, two powerful nutrients that nourish your mane. Folate is a B vitamin that aids the creation of red blood cells; iron helps those blood cells carry oxygen and nutrients to all body cells. With iron deficiency, a condition known as anemia, cells can't get enough oxygen to function properly. The result can be devastating to the whole body, causing weakness, fatigue and maybe even hair loss. So load up on iron-rich lentils for sturdy tresses — and if you're a premenopausal woman, consider taking a multivitamin that contains iron to replace iron lost during menstruation.
Oranges often get the credit as the best vitamin C–packed fruit, but did you know that just eight strawberries deliver 100 percent of your daily value? Strawberries are a juicy, delicious source of vitamin C, which is largely responsible for the health of collagen. Hair follicles require collagen, a structural fiber, for optimal growth. Even minor vitamin C deficiencies can lead to dry, splitting hair that breaks easily, so eating vitamin C–rich foods like strawberries can help you grow stronger, more resilient strands.
Beta carotene is converted into vitamin A, which is necessary for all cell growth and turnover. Skimping on beta carotene can lead to dull, lifeless hair and dandruff, which is really just dry skin. Regularly eating kale, a leafy green vegetable, is one of the best ways to pack beta carotene into your diet for healthier locks. You can sauté a bunch or two with a little olive oil and garlic, or try my delicious recipe for crispy kale chips: Cut or tear fresh kale into pieces, place in a single layer on a baking sheet, mist with oil spray and bake at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes.