Six Steps to Caring for your Hair and Nails During the Winter Months - 24Seven Wellness & Living

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It is now the season of lower temperatures which often bring snow and bitterly cold winds. So if you think the summer months of sea, sand and sun do enough damage to your hair and nails then winter takes it to whole other level.

Reduced temperatures causes dryness and moisture loss to your scalp and nails so there are definitely some precautionary measures that need to be implemented now. Let’s face it no matter how sparkly your party dress, or how dashing you look in that tuxedo, it will never detract from dry frizzy hair or cracked split nails.

So here is the 24Seven Wellness & Living guide to keeping your hair and nails in tip top condition all the way through until the spring.

Condition, condition and condition – Whilst you might think you are safe staying inside during the winter months protecting your hair from outdoor elements. Indoor heating is just as damaging as the wind and snow and will ultimately dry the scalp causing it to itch. Use a moisturizing conditioner with soy protein and vitamin B5 or mix a couple of tablespoons of olive or coconut oil and a teaspoon of lemon juice. Heat the oil for a couple of seconds until it is warm and then mix it with the lemon juice. Massage the oil into your scalp and leave it in for 20-30 minutes. Rinse it out with shampoo and condition.

Control flyaway hair – Obviously to protect agains the elements we choose to wear hoodies, scarves, sweaters and beanies so flyaway hair is normal due to the static electricity that these fabrics produce. You can keep your hair under control by using a holding spray with a low alcohol content to reduce the risk of drying your hair strands. Also use a vented hair brush that has a combination of plastic and boar bristles while combing your hair. Wash your hair only with lukewarm water, not hot water, as the latter will strip away the natural oils that protect and nourish your hair. You may also wish to apply a leave-in conditioner to keep your hair smooth.

Dry and lifeless hair – Brush or comb out your hair with a wide-toothed wooden comb to remove tangles and apply raw honey to the length of your hair from the roots to the tips. You may also choose to treat the roots at the same time by warming up two teaspoons of olive oil and massage slowly into your scalp. Cover your hair with a shower cap or towel and leave it on for about 30 minutes. Wash off with lukewarm water. Honey is a humectant that seals in the moisture and helps restore shine and bounce to dull and damaged hair.

Invest in a good hand cream – Moisture loss is the main issue for nails therefore invest in an intensely hydrating hand lotion as if left unattended the dryness can lead to cracked nails.  Keep hand creams everywhere you have a sink this way you get into the habit of using it directly after your hands have been in contact with water. Ensure you massage the cream into the nails and cuticles as well as the hands in general to stimulate healthy nail growth.

Add an extra layer – A few days after a manicure add another application of top coat this will help preserve the color but give them an extra layer of protection.

Apply cuticle oil – Getting hangnails is annoying no matter what the season, however, the winter months are more likely to dry the cuticle area. Apply cuticle oil daily. Keeping nails shorter will also help with cracking and breaking prematurely.

So don’t let the winter months get the better of your hair and nails protect them against the elements inside and out.