Cooler months call for different hair care techniques, with the change of season comes change in weather. It is important to be aware of these changes so that you can keep your hair in the best condition. Even if your hair doesn’t change too much between seasons, taking a little extra time to pamper yourself is always a good idea. Here are some simple hair care tips that I like to implement during the fall and winter months.
When the weather gets cooler it tends to dry the skin, with that comes a dryer scalp and hair. Scalp massages are great all year around but they are especially good during the dryer months.
How to do a scalp massage?
Take your favorite soothing oil. Or you can make some. A very simple way is taking jojoba oil (2 tablespoons) and a 1-2 drops of peppermint and tea tree essential oil. You don’t need much. Once you have your oil, dip your fingers into the oil and massage your scalp starting from the nape of your neck to the front of your head. Take at least 5 mins massaging your scalp with the pads of your fingers firmly and slowly. Once you are done leave in over night and rinse in the morning. If your hair is especially dry you can just leave the oil in altogether. This technique works on all hair types. *If you have fine hair use less oil.
Scalp massages are great to relieve stress and to stimulate blood flow. This helps create a balanced environment for your scalp and hair. You can do a scalp massage as often as needed. Try adding this to your nightly routine.
Hair masks are perfect for cooler months. You can pick up your favorite moisturizing mask from the store or create your own. While diy masks are great, quality professional products are chemically formulated to penetrate and treat the hair in a way that most home masks simply can’t. However, I use both with great results. I have a ton of diy recipes depending on what the hair is needing. Here are a few:
Mayo. Yes just regular mayonnaise works as a good conditioning mask. If you want to amp it up a bit add a few drops of peppermint or spearmint essential oil. Section hair and apply it making sure to use a generous amount on the ends (as with all masks). Leave in for 10-15 mins then rinse.
Aloe vera juice and avocado. Mash an avocado and pour in aloe vera juice until the consistency is thin enough to spread on your hair. Section hair and apply. Leave in your hair 10-15 mins then rinse.
Banana and olive oil. Mash up a banana and add olive oil until the mix is thin enough to spread onto hair. Section hair and apply. Leave in your hair for 10-15 mins then rinse.
These masks are all great for moisture. They offer additional benefits as well, especially when you add essential oils to them. After application place a shower cap or plastic bag over your hair to allow the ingredients to set. As with any diy mask make sure you are not allergic to any ingredients by doing a patch test first.
To receive the most benefits from these masks wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo, apply your mask of choice then throughly rinse out mask after.
Customizing your conditioner is such a great way to care for your hair. I have a post discussing how to keep your color lasting longer if you are interested check it out here. In addition to that you can add moisturizing oils to your conditioner. There’s lots of oils on the market but I suggest taking a bit of your favorite conditioner and putting some in a container with a lid and try mixing it with different oils and see which ones you like best. Olive, jojoba, avocado, grapeseed, and flax are some of my favorites. Depending on your hair needs start by adding 2 tablespoons to every 1 cup of conditioner, then adjust accordingly. Apply conditioner the same as directed on the bottle.
Take a little extra time for yourself and try at least one of these out. Let me know which one you like the best 🙂
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