But first, Hair Care!
We often think that as the temperature is cold, our scalp won’t get sticky. This is just a myth. We believe in a lot of myths about haircare because people around us say so and that is natural. The truth is, just like the skin gets dry in the winters, the scalp does too and to overcome that dryness, the scalp secretes natural oils which in turn makes the hair and scalp sticky and oily.
Following proper hair care, routine is the most necessary task, especially during winters.
Your scalp turns into havoc in cold temperatures as it turns greasy and oily. Winters are harsh on all kinds of hair textures and types. A proper hair care regime is quite a necessity in such a situation. Winters de-hydrate your hair, which turn to hair damage. The hair looks frizzy, harms your cuticles, and is prone to breakage. But don’t worry. With a proper hair care regime, you can easily avoid such circumstances.
Not only to make a good appearance but to have healthy hair and scalp everyone needs to take care of their hair. The scalp is as sensitive as your facial skin and requires the same attention you give to your face.
Before getting to know the reasons behind having a proper hair care schedule, we first need to know that type of hair. This will help us to choose the right pattern of hair care for ourselves.
There are mainly 4 types of hair:
1. Straight Hair
This hair type gives a mirror-like shine and grows faster and longer. The best part of naturally straight hair is that they are long and strong. The natural oils also travel easily from roots to tips and help the hair stay moisturized.
This hair type is divided into 3 sub-types:
1a: Very straight, fine, or thin hair.
1b: Straight with some bends.
1c: Straight with some coarser texture.
2. Wavy Hair
When your hair dries and looks like a slightly turned ‘S’ shape then you have wavy hair. They are not completely straight. And they are not curly either. Girls with this kind of texture tend to have less oily scalp and hair than compared to girls having a coarser texture.
This hair type is divided into 3 sub-types:
2a: Wavy and fine.
2b: Wavy with a slightly ‘S’ defined shape.
2c: Wavy with well-defined ‘S’-shaped waves.
3. Curly Hair
Girls with naturally curly hair strands have nicely formed ringlets without any use of any hair products or tools. This hair texture is easiest to straighten, but is quite sensitive towards the sun’s heat and is extra dry.
This hair type is divided into 3 sub-types
3a: Loose Curls.
3b: Tight and springy curls.
3c: An S or Z shape that springs back into shape when stretched.
4. Coily Hair
This hair type has the luxury to it. They are voluminous and are in a form of a zig-zag pattern. The major downfall to this hair type is that they cannot absorb moisture easily and therefore are prone to breakage.
This hair type is divided into 3 sub-types
4a: Loose coils.
4b: Zig-zagging coils.
4c: Tight coils.
So, after knowing the types of hair, let us see why shampoos and conditioners play an important role in our lives.
Vibrant and healthy hair means your body is producing the proper vitamins and nutrients that it needs to stay healthy. If you have frizzy and dry hair, that might be a sign of your improper diet or haircare habits. This also includes shampooing on a regular basis to ensure your body is a healthy and hygienic place for you.
Finding the right shampoo for your hair type is mandatory for healthy-looking hair. Sebum is your hair’s natural hair conditioner which is secreted out of your hair quite frequently. And not washing hair frequently will cause an excessive build-up of this pigment. It may lead your hair too oily and greasy but sebum also acts as a food to the ‘microfauna’ that causes dandruff on your scalp and in worst cases might lead to excessive hair fall problems. That is right! The shampoo is very much essential to stay healthy. After all who likes a living organism over their scalp?
Shampooing helps remove dirt, debris, and odor from the hair. It also helps remove the excess oil from your scalp. But using just the shampoo might damage your hair in time. That is why all girl’s favorite conditioners were invented to moisture the hair strands and retain nutrients in your hair for a longer duration to keep it healthy and shiny.
Not only that but conditioners are also formulated to protect your hair shaft from any damage and make your hair softer and easier to manage in such cold temperatures. If you avoid conditioning, your hair may get prone to breakage and thinning. If you are not using any conditioner, then start using one according to your hair type and see the magic happen!
People often say that shampooing hair daily is bad. This is the half-truth. The experts say that only a small portion of people require to shampoo daily like, someone with very fine hair, someone who exercises daily (and sweats), or someone who lives in a humid place.
But if you have an oily scalp, then washing them daily is needed, and that won’t harm your hair. Just remember to apply the shampoo just over the scalp and not on the strands. When you wash them, the strands will automatically get their required portion of the shampoo. I say this because if you shampoo your hair strands daily, they will get extra dry and cause breakage. So, when it’s unnecessary, don’t do it.
A tip is to use moisturizing shampoo if your scalp is very oily and needs to be shampooed every other day. Use a mild one that is sulfate-free. Although sulfate-free shampoos are proven to remove the dirt and extra oil from your scalp, they also take away the natural oils that help your hair and scalp stay moisturized. Especially if you have sensitive skin, using a sulfate-free shampoo will get rid of scalp irritation. Shampoos that contain sulfate might be very harmful to delicate hair too.
And if shampooing daily doesn’t suit you, then you should at least rinse your hair daily to flush away mostly oil and dirt from your hair.
12 Reasons Why You Should Use A Shampoo Regularly In Winters
1. Stimulates Hair Growth
They consist of natural oils, minerals, and botanical extracts that can stimulate the hair follicles and scalp.
2. Helps Retain Your Hair Color
You need to choose mild sulfate-free shampoos especially if your hair is colored as the color might fade away quickly if the right kind of shampoo isn’t used on your colored hair. The correct shampoo helps your hair color stay for longer.
3. Advantageous for Fine, Thin Hair
If you have fine, thin hair, the hair gets greasy easily and that requires the attention of shampoo to get rid of the excess oil and dirt. Not just the scalp, but if there is too much access oil then it might slide down the hair strands and make them greasy too.
4. Requirement for Work Out Freaks
If you work out every day, shampooing frequently is important to flush off the dirt and sweat that the scalp produces. This will keep your scalp healthy and won’t attract much dust compared to the greasy scalp. Remember to use a mild shampoo for your hair to not get damaged from too much shampoo.
5. Useful for Pin Straight Hair
If your hair is pin-straight, it’s natural that your hair will be greasier than any other hair type. It is because the oil travels faster and down pin-straight hair.
6. Major Requirement for an Oily Scalp
Having an oily scalp is also the topmost reason to wash hair frequently. Especially in winters when even the weather is not on your side. Get the right shampoo for you and wash it as you feel the scalp’s starting to get greasy to avoid any hair breakage or hair fall.
7. Helps control Dandruff Problems
Another major reason for you to hair 4-5 times a week might be due to high dandruff problems. Shampooing removes the dead skin cells that would otherwise clump up and fall off (known as dandruff). It is true that shampooing too much can lead o a dry scalp, but only if the shampoo isn’t right and not allowing your scalp to produce natural oils just like they used to.
If your scalp is feeling itchy, then shampoo is the right step to do in that case. If the itchiness continues, I recommend you to see a dermatologist.
8. Helps Fight Humidity
If you live in a very humid climate, it is natural that your scalp will get excess build-up, and therefore shampooing is the right thing to do in such cases. This will keep your hair fungus-free and dandruff-free.
9. Helps you Grow healthy Hair
One of the other reasons to shampoo regularly irrespective of any season is if you want your hair to grow. It will help you remove dead hair follicles, which will, in turn, stimulate hair growth.
10. Acts just like Skincare
Shampoo acts the same as skincare. You know what happens if you don’t wash your face. The same thing happens with your hair. If not shampooed regularly, the build-up along with the dead skin cells will lead to inflammation on your scalp.
11. Everything is in the Roots
To find a solution you always have to look for the ‘root’ cause. In this case, the roots of your hair are the reason behind healthy hair. Washing hair regularly not only gets rid of the dirt and excess oils but is also known to relieve stress. Cortisol is the stress hormone in your scalp responsible for the hair thinning in women.
Females often complain that they are afraid to shampoo as they see the hair fall off the scalp to the drain. If 100 hairs fall each day, that is normal. The 100 will grow in a few days. you have a hair damage issue if they are falling but not growing back. That is due to hair thinning which is due to stress and eating disorders or an improper diet schedule.
12. Helps control Hair Damage
Again, it is not to damage your hair. Blame the heat styling and blow-drying for the hair breakage and roughness. Even if you wash your hair every day, the main key is to know the right shampoo for your particular hair type so that it doesn’t harm your hair and scalp. Let your hair dry naturally and wrap them under a towel to get rid of the extra wet hair. Remember to brush them only after they are completely dry, or it might lead to more hair breakage.
Before rushing to know the benefits of the conditioner, let us know the types they are available. There are mainly 4 types of conditioners:
- Dry Conditioner –Just like the name implies, deep conditioners are the ones that offer deep hydration to your hair cuticles and protect them from breakage. This type of conditioner is recommended for chemically treated, damaged, or colored hair. It is also said that babassu-based conditioners offer satisfactory results such as providing shiny, healthy, and soft hair.
- Leave-In Conditioner –These conditioners contain mild hydration properties which make a protective layer around your hair and improve its texture. The benefit of these conditioners is that it protects the hair from harmful UV rays, changing weather, and pollution.
- Cleansing Conditioner – Also known as CO washing or conditioner only washing, these are those conditioners that are well suited for curly hairs. They are used over the hair tresses instead of the regular shampoo and are proven really good for the hydration and nourishment of curly hairs.
- Deep Conditioner –This kind of conditioner usually contains natural oil and aerosol. It helps hydrate your hair and also keeps them shiny without making them wet.
12 Reasons Why You Should Use A Conditioner Even During Winters
1. Prevents Hair Breakage
Proper conditioning helps the hair stay hydrated which in turn leads to frizz-free and splits-free hair. The main cause of breakage are splits and frizz, therefore problem solved! It protects hair from these kinds of vulnerable damages and keeps them silky and shiny.
2. Keeps Your Hair Moisturized
However mild the shampoo be, it strips off the essential oils from your hair and scalp. The conditioner helps retain them and moisturizes hair to keep the shine. It also prevents hair fall and thus strengthens the hair. Dermatologists explain that hair conditioning ingredients like Babassu oil are quite beneficial to attain healthy, voluminous, and shiny hair. This plant-based oil is a rich source of fatty acid and antioxidants that help to repair rough hair and split ends. Whereas, murumuru butter is considered a good conditioning agent for curly hair types.
3. Helps Repairs Chemically and Heat Damaged Hair
When heat-styled or used chemicals over the hair, they get dehydrated, thin, and are prone to breakage. The cuticles are damaged to a severe extent. Thanks to the invention of the conditioners, these problems can be easily avoided. They help bring back life to your hair and repair the damages. Regular use of conditioners leads to healthy and shiny hair.
4. Protects the Cuticles
A cuticle is the outermost layer of hair, which has scale-like cells, overlapping each other. It protects the inside layers of your hair. The cuticle is healthy if your hairs are silky and frizz-free. Any damage to the cuticles leads to damaging the inner layers of the hair too leading to major hair damage problems. This is mainly because of harsh treatments, harsh weather conditions, lack of hydration, etc. Conditioners are mainly formulated to protect your hair cuticles. Their regular use will protect the outermost layer of your hair leading to a healthy scalp and hair.
5. Imparts Instant Shine and Smoothness to your Hair
Conditioners provide instant shine and smoothness to your hair. If your problem is damaged, rough and frizzy hair, this is the solution! A study published in the International Journal of Trichology has also explained that conditioners help to minimize frizz on your hair and detangle your hair easily. In addition, conditioners help to neutralize the negative charge which is responsible for causing friction in hair cuticles, and after conditioning, your hair becomes smooth and shiny; it becomes very easy to style them.
6. Conditioning before shampoo, Increases Volume!
Conditioner is never fully removed from your hair, therefore it might weigh down your hair. Experts suggest that when applied before, it increases the volume and there won’t affect your hair quality either.
7. Conditioning without shampoo also works wonders!
If you have dry hair strands then shampooing daily might cause split-ends. But conditioning will hydrate them and make them look shiny as well. So occasionally, conditioner alone works just fine.
8. Choose them carefully to Make it Work!
If chosen wrong, conditioner might damage your hair. Silicon-based conditioners might harm your hair rather than repair it. Conditioners are supposed to retain nutrients and proteins in your hair. So go for the labels that say ‘silicon-free’.
9. One Conditioner can last a LIFETIME
The saying your hair gets “used to it” is just a myth. You can use the same conditioner. They leave some residue after every wash so just try using clarifying shampoos and use the conditioner twice a week to avoid the build-up.
10. They Make Great Styling Products
Leave-In conditioners are great inside as well as outside the showers. They are great if you want to style your hair differently. Just spray some of it over the damp hair and make a loose braid for that beach waves look! Heat styling is not required every time you wanna look sexy. 😉
11. They Hydrate your Follicles
Winters usually make our hairs dry leading to the frizzy and dehydrated scalp. Apply a deep conditioning mask every month to keep your scalp hydrated and healthy as well.
12. Makes Brushing Easier
For both men as well as women, conditioners make your hair smooth and easier to comb. Even men get scared that while combing, they might face quite a number of hair loss and breakage. Conditioners try to stop or minimize that to a great extent and help increase the hair density too!
History of the Shampoo
According to a source, “Shampoos actually came from India. People in India were known to use the pulp of a fruit called soapberries combined with some herbs and hibiscus flowers as early as the 1500s. That’s when the British colonial traders came to know about it and introduced the idea of shampooing your hair to Europe.”
A source also conveys that, “The first time that women didn’t have to stir up their own ‘poo. Berlin chemist Hans Schwarzkopf invented Schaumpon, a violet-scented powder that became available in German drugstores. Fast forward 25 years, he introduced Europe to the first bottle of liquid shampoo.”
A Few Facts About Conditioner
According to a source, “Modern hair conditioner was created at the turn of the century when well-known perfumer Ed. Pinaud presented a product, he called brilliantine at the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris. His product was intended to soften men’s hair, including beards and mustaches.”
A source also says, “Dry, tangled, hard-to-manage hair met its match in Jheri Redding, inventor of creme rinse, when he developed the first version of the concoction (now better known as “conditioner”) in the 1930s.”
And conditioners can be made at the ease of your home too. Most of the ingredients you are looking for are available in the fridge and work as great hair masks. You can use them every month apart from your regular conditioner to get hydrated and healthy hair even during winters!!
Hope this was insightful and helpful as well. Do follow the tips given and once you start using shampoo and conditioner regularly in winters too, you will see how much healthier and stronger your hair can get and make you fall in love with winters.
Prachi Kumbhare is a Content Creator at StyleFundas, where she pursues her twin passions of writing and inbound marketing. When she’s not sharing fashion and lifestyle insights, she spends her time juggling numbers for a commerce degree. Follow Prachi @perhapsitsprachi on Instagram.