Myths about Winter Hair Care

Shahnaz Husain

Many myths abound about hair care, when so much information is available today. Keeping oneself informed will help you to distinguish between a myth and the fact. Or, consult a hair care clinic or therapist, to find out about appropriate care and also learn the difference between Myths and Facts.
Many neglect hair washing in winter, believing in the myth that hair should not be washed too often in winter, as it is harmful for the hair and makes the hair very dry. Actually, the fact is that pollutants hang lower in the air during winter and the hair is exposed to them. Therefore, the hair needs washing in winter too and as often as required. Actually, it is not washing that harms the hair, but the product and large quantity you use that can. The fact is that the hair must be washed in winter with a mild herbal shampoo and conditioned after shampoo.
This leads us to another myth that the more shampoo you use, the cleaner the hair. It is not the amount of shampoo you use, but how well you rinse your hair that matters. Rinsing the hair well with water helps to remove all soapy and other residues. Use less shampoo. Dilute it with a little water and then apply, so that it spreads easily and you don’t need to apply too much shampoo.
Washing the hair with hot water does not make a difference is yet another myth. Actually, hot water dries out the hair and also the scalp. A dry scalp can lead to flakiness and increase dandruff -like flakes, sometimes even leading to blocking the pores of the scalp. The fact is that one should wash the hair with lukewarm water and not very hot water in winter.
Split ends also occur in winter, when the hair becomes dry. In order to deal with split ends, cut off the splits and then give the hair Hot Oil Therapy. Twice a week, heat pure coconut oil and apply on the hair. Apply on ends too. Then dip a towel in hot water, squeeze out the water and wrap the hot towel around the head, like a turban. Keep it on for 5 minutes. Repeat the hot towel wrap 3 or 4 times.
Hair loss can occur due to various reasons, irrespective of the season. However, there is a myth that hair loss can be controlled with vigorous head massage. This is not at all true. On the contrary, the fact is that if there is hair loss, the roots are weak and massage can loosen the roots further, causing the hair to fall out. One should massage the head gently and using only the finger tips, move the scalp in small rotary movements. This stimulates the hair follicles. Avoid vigorous massage and rubbing of the head.
The fact is – take proper care of the hair according to its needs, whatever the season may be.