'Tis the season for some dry winter weather. And with winter weather comes dry, cold and for some, less active times as well. This combination can take a toll on our hair. It’s important to instill a good winter regime that’s easy to follow and will help keep you motivated and healthy and also keep your hair healthy and shiny.
Take your vitamins!
- B Vitamins (such as B6 and B12, Folate) help with energy levels and can boost depression too, keeping you happy and healthy. Don’t forget that keeping active is just as important in the winter months as it is in the warm weather months. B Vitamins can help keep you going! Where to find them: Red meat, whole grain cereals, eggs, leafy greens and berries.
- Zinc works to boost your immune system and keeps hair and nails from getting frail or brittle. Where to find it: wheat germ, hummus, dark chocolate, peanuts, lamb and ginger root.
- Vitamin D. A dose from the warm sun is also helfpul, but not always found in the dark, winter months. Therefore, take your daily dose in order to keep bones healthy and hair folicles strong. Where to find it: Tuna, eggs, salmon and milk.
- Vitamin C helps build collagen which is important for structural fiber that helps hair follicles to stay healthy. Where to find it: Kidney beans, bell peppers, chili peppers, snow peas, squash, kiwi, citrus fruits, strawberries.
Eat for you and your hair
The following is a good list of foods to eat during the cold and dry winter months; these also contain some of the above vitamins to assist in building strong hair and keeping hair healthy:
- Wweet potatoes
- Greek yogurt
Be gentle to your curls and waves
It's important to make a haircare regime that's gentle to your curls. Use less shampoo than you would in the warmer months to avoid stripping natural oils in your hair. Keep shampooing and washing to an every 2-3 day routine. Use a leave-in conditioner and a mask once a week.
Using these simple rules you can help your hair find it’s natural shine and bounce in the cold and dry winter months. Your skin and nails may even notice a few differences too!