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Manage hair fall in winter

Update : 04 Jan 2023, 15:35

Hair loss can be more prevalent during winter. The average person loses between 80 and 100 hairs each day, as each is replaced by new hair growth on the scalp. Excessive hair loss in winter is largely due to the dry air outside that sucks out all the moisture from your scalp, and makes it dry.

A dry scalp leads to dry hair, which in turn results in hair damage, breakage, and hair loss. A dry scalp also leads to dandruff, which makes your head feel itchy and unhealthy. This, along with arid air, can cause a significant amount of hair fall in the winter.

Follow these tips for effectively reducing hair fall in the winter:

Drink plenty of water

The best way to keep your scalp hydrated is to keep your whole body hydrated by drinking plenty of water. 

Eat a hair and skin friendly diet

With parties and festivities, winter is often a time when we indulge in rich food. But during winter your skin and hair need even more of the nutrients that keep it healthy. Try to eat plenty of good stuff too. Focus on a range of fruits and vegetables, plus nuts and fatty fish. You can also help your hair by taking a daily multivitamin and an omega oil supplement.

Moisture your hair

Moisture, moisture and more moisture, we cannot say this enough! Dry hair leads to breakages and brittle hair, so as we said before, the number one thing you need to do to protect your hair from dryness is to keep it hydrated. There are a few things you can do to stop your hair from succumbing to the harsh conditions of winter, including the type of shampoo you use and how and what you use to style your hair. 

Limit heat styling to a minimum

Try to avoid heat styling as much as possible, as heat tools such as hair dryers remove moisture from the hair, and remember, we want to retain as much moisture as possible. A hairdryer can cause more stress to your hair and running your hands through your hair can make you shed more of it. 

Cover your head

Covering your head with scarf can successfully reduce drying and damage.

Don’t spend too much time under a hot shower

This can be tempting in colder weather, but hot water can make your hair and scalp lose even more moisture. Take shorter and/or cooler showers.

Keep your hair short

The ends of your hair usually show more damage, while shorter hair is easier to take care of. Having your hair cut regularly can keep it in better condition and looking healthier.

Don’t leave the house with wet hair

Wet hair is more vulnerable to the cold and is more likely to be damaged by winter weather. Make sure your hair has dried before going outside. Ideally, you should let your hair dry naturally rather than towel drying or using a hairdryer, both of which can cause damage.

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