Hair Care During Winter

Shahnaz Husain

While travelling in winter, or on a winter vacation, one should carry Hair cream with sunscreen, herbal shampoo, hair serum, hair conditioner.
The winter hair care routine should entail oil applications with warmed oil twice a week. Pure coconut oil or olive oil may be heated and applied, followed by a hot towel wrap. Wash the hair twice a week, using less shampoo and rinse well with water. If the hair is dry, apply a creamy conditioner, leaving it on for 2 minutes and rinsing with water.
In dry and cold weather, the hair may lack moisture. Use a mild herbal shampoo and conditioner to soften the hair and make it smooth and manageable. One can also use a hair serum or leave-on type of conditioner. Take very little and apply it the same way, but do not rinse off. Apply conditioners on the ends too. A hair cream with sunscreen would provide protection from the sun. A mild herbal shampoo is a must. Carry a scarf along to protect your hair from over-exposure to the sun, as well as from wind and dust. You will need it if you are out motoring, boating or even walking.
Even during your holiday, you can use natural ingredients for your hair to improve its look. Ingredients like tea and beer may be easily available and can be used to rinse the hair and add shine to it. Beer works well for winter. Add the juice of a lemon to the beer and rinse the hair with it. Leave on for a few minutes and rinse off with plain water. It softens and smoothens the hair and also adds shine.
Or, add a tea bag to 4 to 5 cups of warm water. Remove tea bag and cool the water. Then add the juice of a lemon and use it as a last rinse. This helps to make the hair silky and shiny.
Colouring and styling should be done before the vacation. However, one can carry a hair dryer, rollers or heating rod to style the hair yourself. If hair dryer and heating rods are used, it would be necessary to use oil and conditioners to reduce hair damage.
The classic ponytail is dictating trends and is ideal for holidays. It suits most face shapes, because one can wear a pony tail high or low, with a fringe or without, or with wisps or curls falling down, with that carefully-careless look. A ponytail is actually an easy hair do. With ribbons, or other hair accessories, it can even provide a touch of glamour.
Braids are also in. One can have a side brain and tie it up with a matching ribbon.
You can do up the hair in several braids and then put them up in a pony tail with ribbons. Coloured ribbons can also be used all along the braid.
If you have frizzy hair, first apply an anti-frizz cream or spray. Comb the hair by sweeping it all to one side. Then divide it into three sections and make a loose braid and secure it with a ribbon, scrunchy or rubber band. The wisps of hair that remain can frame the face, or some may be pinned up to give you the carefully careless look.
Putting the hair up is in vogue. It can be put up with the help of hair accessories, with curls and ringlets. Long hair may be put up too, in a casual knot or chignon. It may be as a top knot, or at the nape of the neck. They can be secured with decorative clips and hair accessories.