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Published on October 31st, 2011 | by Sonya Kanelstrand

6 Natural Tips to Winterize Your Hair Effortlessly

It seems that winter is approaching quickly this year, and with it come below-zero temperatures and indoor heating, both leading to dry and lifeless hair. Here is a list of 6 easy to follow natural tips you can use to prepare your hair for the long and cold winter months.

Eat healthy

Remember the old saying that you are what you eat? It applies to your hair as well. Your diet plays an important role for the condition of your hair, so be careful of your menu – eat healthy and drink a lot of water to ensure the proper growth and strength of your hair.

Go shampoo-less

To regenerate the natural pH balance of your scalp, lost with long years using chemical laden shampoos it is enough to get off store-bought shampoo. Use baking soda instead – only a handful of baking soda diluted in a lukewarm cup of water is enough to have clean hair and healthy dandruff-free scalp.

Go conditioner-less

Apple cider vinegar is the best natural substitute of hair conditioner, giving you shiny, smooth, and clean hair, without any greasy build-up. For a simple and easy to follow tutorial on how to best make your personalized vinegar conditioner click here.

Use cold water

Avoid washing your hair with hot water, since the heat can dry out your hair and make it brittle. Use warm or lukewarm water instead. Turn to cold water treatment to lock moisture in your hair. Since one of the biggest problems for your hair during the winter months is dryness, you can easily solve it by rinsing it with cold water for about 30 seconds. That will not only help your hair retain moisture but will also refresh your body and skin!

Cool-dry your hair

With the summer months over, it is out of the question to let your hair dry naturally or sleep with wet hair. That is why you can dry it on the cool setting. This method will take you longer but it will keep the moisture in your hair and prevent it from breaking.

Use a hat

When you go outside, take care of your hair as any other part of your body – cover it! Wear a hat and never go out with wet hair – you not only risk your hair to freeze and break but also to get seriously sick.

Having healthy and beautiful hair is easy as a breeze when you follow the seasons and make use of the natural treatments which have proven to be beneficial through the long years of humankind’s strive for beauty.

How do you prepare your hair for winter?

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About the Author

Sonya is a photographer and a creative artist sharing her Scandinavian experiences. Her blog Kanelstrand Organic Living has become the meeting point of a vibrant green community of eco-conscious artists and crafters from around the world. Sonya believes that people and nature can co-exist together in a healthy and inspiring union without harming each other. She implements the knowledge gained from studying Philology and Pedagogy in her approach to sustainable and eco-friendly living.

4 Responses to 6 Natural Tips to Winterize Your Hair Effortlessly

  1. Mackenzie says:

    “With the summer months over, it is out of the question to let your hair dry naturally or sleep with wet hair.”

    I call bull.

    My hair is just about long enough to sit on. I don’t own a hair drier. My parents had one when Iived with them in high school, but I didn’t use it. I refused to heat treat my hair because of the damage it causes. When I get my hair cut once a year (well, at this point it’s been over 2 years, but anyway…) is the only time a hair drier is used on it, and that is by the stylist who for some reason wet it before cutting and wants to dry it after (to see how it looks? dunno). I sleep with my hair wet, and in the morning it’s just slightly damp.

    • You have a point but think about the people who, unlike you, don’t have the habit of sleeping with wet hair and have so far blow-dried it. Such a change would clearly have health consequences. Also, keeping a damp hair in the wintertime depends on how low the temperatures go. Since Green Living ideas is a site with international readership, we have to take in consideration that there are parts of the world where in the winter it is steadily under 10 – 20 degrees Fahrenheit.

  2. S says:

    I am confused as to how baking soda would restore the pH of skin. My understanding is that shampoo is closer to skin pH than baking soda.

    I have also never owned a hair dryer. How odd to say that air drying is “out of the question” in cold weather.

    • Baking soda is great when you seek to regenerate the natural pH balance of your scalp because it is an excellent natural exfoliant, highly effective in removing dead skin cells without causing excessive irritation. It is pH neutral, which means that it is gentle to the skin. You can also use it as a face exfoliant for the same reasons.

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