4 Tips for Combating Winter Dryness
By Qhemet Biologics
It's the most wonderful time of the year. Whether that's summer or winter for you, if you live in a low humidity climate, give your hair the additional protection it needs to mitigate dryness and breakage. When there's less moisture in the air, your hair, scalp and skin can quickly become dry and irritated, leading to a host of problems ranging from brittle hair to dandruff. A proper hair care routine is central to maintaining a radiantly healthy mane year round.
1. Skip the Sulfates
Sulfates are a common ingredient in soaps and shampoos because they're an inexpensive way to add lather. We tend to associate lather with cleanliness, however, because sulfates dissolve oils, they wash away not just dirt but also the valuable layer of protective sebum your scalp and skin needs to stay moisturized. This leads to tightness, redness, itching and hair follicle damage - a major contributor of hair loss and breakage.
If you have dry and brittle hair or your skin is itchy or flaky - or you're prone to either - you should stay away from sulfates altogether. Instead, use a sulfate-free shampoo like our Egyptian Wheatgrass Cleansing Tea. This gentle shampoo still lathers, but it doesn't contain ingredients responsible for disrupting the lipid barrier with its suds. While it's ideal for all seasons, our sulfate-free shampoo is particularly beneficial during the dryer months when there just isn't enough moisture in the air to help replenish your strands with a humectant.
2. Add High Quality Moisture
In addition to using our Egyptian Wheatgrass shampoo and a conditioner like our Moringa Tree Conditioning Ghee or Cocoa Tree Detanging Ghee that won't strip your hair or add buildup, it's important to keep valuable moisture where it belongs. But not all moisture is created equal. When it comes to moisture, it's important to choose wisely because many products appear to offer positive short-term benefits but are actually more damaging in the long-run. Products that contain silicones or mineral oil provide instant shine and smoothness, making damaged hair look and feel less dry, however, the result is an illusion. Underneath that layer of plastic sheen, your hair is as damaged as ever, and because silicones and mineral oil smother the hair shaft, they actually prevent the moisture you want from getting in and instead trap in dirt and other buildup. This quickly leads to dull, drab hair, more breakage and ultimately a dangerous cycle of applying more and more products without reaping any benefits.
While none of our products contain silicones or mineral/petroleum oils, we recommend taking a look at our product guide to determine the best moisturizer for your hair based on its unique characteristics. However, if you're looking for the ultimate in moisture, try this long time customer favorite:
Our Amla & Olive Heavy Cream is designed for ultra dry hair, whether your hair is high porosity or you simply need a little extra when the drier season hits. This blend of nourishing oils and natural humectants helps draw in moisture and keep it there, restoring your hair's health rather than simply making it appear healthier in the short term. With premium oils and botanicals, such as castor and olive oils and amla, brahmi and aloe extracts, our Amla & Olive Heavy Cream is unlike any other.
3. Don't Neglect Your Scalp
If you frequently find that your scalp is dry, itchy or flaky, you are not alone. Scalp dryness is very common and can lead to a host of symptoms ranging from mild irritation to extreme discomfort. Healthy hair starts at the roots, so it's important to address these symptoms as soon as they appear. If your scalp feels tighter, itchier or more tender with the changing seasons, or you suddenly find yourself avoiding your favorite black sweater, then it's time to try our Tea Tree & Lavender Therapeutic Pomade. This soothing combination of lavender, antiseptic tea tree oil and coconut oil is an absolute rescue remedy for flakiness and itchiness associated with dry scalp.
For dry scalp that's simply in need of conditioning to keep your follicles and scalp healthy and ensure that your new growth comes in soft and supple, you'll need our Castor & Amla Nourishing Pomade. This pomade is 100% vegan and contains ayurvedic amla oil to strengthen hair folicles and combat shedding and castor oil, a traditional african hair and scalp food prized for its ability to grow, strengthen and thicken hair.
By restoring your scalp's equilibrium, you'll not only be more comfortable, you'll also experience growth that comes in stronger and healthier at the root.
4. Use the LOC Method
Applying one of our leave-ins (conditioner), sealing oils and rich creams in layers will increase the ability of your hair to retain moisture and add a new level of shine, pliability and softness to each strand. This moisturizing method helps restore your hair's health when it's needed the most: during the dry season when a conditioner alone simply isn't enough.
We offer complete moisture collections for high and low porosity hair and growth, each formulated to help your hair retain valuable moisture for longer periods. Nourish and heal your scalp, aid growth and attract moisture with natural ingredients and then lock it in for an unbeatable dewyness that'll get you through the dry, winter season!
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