Christmas is 5 weeks away, and while you are planning on doing your seasonal shopping keep your hair in mind. Fall is here and this means that your hair is susceptible to drying out and getting brittle. However, there are a number of affordable home-based hair care products that can see your hair through the festive season.
Pre-Christmas Hair Care Tips
The best place to start in terms of prepping your hair for the holiday season is to assess its needs. Is your hair too brittle, damaged or dries out too quickly? Knowing what your hair needs will help in terms of selecting the right hair care products for it. However, before we look at some of the recommended hair care products that you should get this season here are some of the season’s hair care tips.
Less is More
Wash your hair less often, for more benefits. Washing your hair daily actually does more harm than good. It ends up stripping the hair of its natural oils, particularly if you are not using harsh shampoos. ‘ Once weekly or less often is more than enough washing for your hair.
This is one of those hair care tips that cannot be over emphasized. To replenish your hair’s moisture content you need to regularly condition. A good habit is t condition your hair every time you shampoo your hair.
Treat Your Hair
You definitely want to add elasticity and moisture to your hair. Treating your hair is the best way to do this and particularly getting an hot oil treatment done. It is recommended to get an hot oil treatment at least twice monthly.
The Hair Care Products You Need This Christmas
Given the season, drying out of the hair and brittleness are some of the concerns most people will have. Therefore, it makes sense to stock up on moisture enhancing hair care products this season.
Most of the items you have in your pantry/kitchen are the best kept hair secrets. Most people know this; if you cook with it or eat it for its nutritious benefits then it is definitely good for your hair too. So what are some of the hair care products that you should get this Christmas?
Olive, Coconut, Jojoba and Grapeseed Oil
This may not be the first time you are hearing of any of these oils being recommended as hair care products. They are among the age-old, most used hair care products that everyone has in their kitchens. These oils come highly recommended for your hair this Christmas season to help with battling dryness by keeping your hair well moisturized.
Coconut Oil is one of the most recommended at-home hair care products. Apart from its benefits in hair growth, conditioning and treating dandruff; coconut oil is a good moisture sealant. Coconut oil can be used to lock in moisture after a good shampoo session followed by conditioning the hair using a water-based conditioner. This is a good way to ‘moisture protect’ your hair.
Jojoba Oil has for ages been hailed for its dandruff control and hydrating properties as a hair care product. It is also a very good moisture sealant to use when moisture protecting. Jojoba oil also aids in softening the hair, giving it elasticity and shine.
Grapeseed Oil is yet another good oil to use to moisture protect the hair. It also works well as a moisturizer, aid in alleviating a dry scalp and as a hot oil hair treatment. Also, compared to other oils Grapeseed oil tends to be lighter and fairly inexpensive.
Olive Oil, Argan Oil and Sandalwood Essential Oils
This group of oils are equally as popular in the list of at-home hair care products. They come in handy when it comes to helping to curb hair brittleness. The harsh winds of the season cause drying out of the hair as well as brittleness. Brittleness in turn causes split ends and ultimately breakage. It is important to know that brittleness can also came about from over-processing the hair and too much heat styling. Reducing these hair handling habits is a good step towards managing brittleness.
Olive Oil makes a good hot oil treatment to use when you are focusing on managing hair brittleness. Simply warm up 1/2 cup of olive oil and rub it in the hair. Cover up your hair using a plastic bag and wrap it all up in a towel. After about 45 minutes shampoo your hair and rinse it out.
Argan Oil is a good deep conditioner for your hair and it helps with maintaining the health of your strands. Massage the oil into your hair and scalp. wrap up your hair in a warm, wet towel and let it rest for an hour or 2 or overnight for better results. Rinse out the oil using a mild shampoo.
Sandalwood Oil is an essential oil to turn to when you want to manage brittle hair. Mix Sandalwood with olive/jojoba oil and rub a bit of the mixture on your palms. Apply it to your hair’s ends and it will condition your brittle hair. The added benefit is an instant sleek look.
Eat Your Way to Healthy Hair
You aren’t just what you eat, your hair is also a reflection of what you eat. You need to feed your hair as much as you are feeding your body. When your hair is ‘properly fed’ it shows through its lustrous coat, length and bounce.
Make an Egg Shampoo by mixing one egg with a small amount of shampoo. Apply the mixture to the damaged areas of your hair and leave it in for about 5 minutes. What this does is enhance the protein content in your hair, and protein aids in cell-building as well as hair growth.
Pour some milk that hasn’t been boiled in a bowl. Use a cotton ball k to swab the milk onto your scalp and hair. Wash out your hair after an hour. This is a good treatment for dry hair.
Sesame Oil is considered is a good hair nourishing oil. It is rich in minerals and vitamins that the hair needs. It also helps in enhancing blood circulation and strengthening the hair.
Yogurt is a good moisturizer for your hair. Simply apply it as a hair mask created by mixing a teaspoon of honey and apple cider vinegar into 1/2 cup yogurt. Apply the mask to the roots and hair then rinse it out after 15 minutes.
Go ahead and raid your pantry/kitchen or simply go for a shopping spree to stock up on some of these highly recommended Christmas hair care products.