Natural Tips and Tricks to Keep Your Child's Hair Healthy This Winter
The onset of winter can mean bad news for your hair. The sun is closer to the Earth in winter, and although the rays are less direct, they can still wreak havoc on your hair, especially when intensified by reflecting from surrounding snow. Freezing temperatures make your hair dry and brittle. Wintertime heating indoors contributes to additional dryness from a lack of moisture in the air. Basically, winter is a hair nightmare!
The results can be split ends, frizziness and flyaway hair from static electricity. If your children love playing outside in the winter, the constant in-and-out with extreme changes in temperature means their hair is even more vulnerable to wintertime hair damage. But you also don't want to expose your child's sensitive scalp to a lot of synthetic or chemical products. The good news is that there are plenty of completely natural tips and tricks to keep your child's hair healthy this winter.
1. Moisturize. The key to combating the worst of wintertime's excessively dry conditions is to keep your child's hair well moisturized. The most effective dry hair treatment is with essential fatty acids. They both attract and hold moisture in the hair. Good choices for this are olive oil or safflower oil. Apply when hair is dry in between washings. Just put a few drops on the palms of your hands and then rub them together until the skin is evenly gleaming, then start at the ends of the hair and work it in. The odor of coconut oil can also be a pleasant reminder of summertime.
2. Less Washing. Frequent washings with shampoos contribute to drying out both the hair and the scalp, which can lead to dandruff. Avoid daily washing and go for every third day or every other day at the most. If you want to go really natural, use baking soda instead of commercial shampoos to wash your child's hair. Then you really don't have to worry about what's in the shampoo.
3. Wear a Hat Outdoors. Moist body heat exits primarily through the head, so making sure your child is wearing a hat outdoors will keep that moist heat in. The hat will also protect their hair from icy cold winds as well as damaging ultraviolet radiation from the sun's rays.
4. Dry Your Child's Hair Before Going Out. Never let your children go out in winter with wet hair. The freezing temperatures can quickly freeze the water in their hair, leading to breakage. But don't use a hair dryer, as blasting hair with high heat contributes more to the general wintertime dryness problem. Allow enough time for your child's hair to air dry.
5. Frequent Trims. Do a monthly trim to keep damaged ends from getting any worse.
6. Vinegar Rinse. If you miss those summertime highlights that nature so gracefully painted into your child's hair, do an occasional rinse with a quarter cup of vinegar to bring out the natural colors and tones of your child's hair.
7. Occasional Deep Moisturizing. Despite your best efforts, your child's wintertime hair may still need the occasional deep treatment. In this case, use a full cup of any of the oils mentioned previously. Just be sure to rinse really well - you're going for hydrated hair, not greasy!
Following these 7 simple, all-natural tips and tricks will help keep your child from having a bad hair day that lasts an entire season.
About the Author:
Timothy Jenkins is a salon professional writing for http://www.philipjamessalon.com/. When he’s not working, you can find Tim studying at Chicago’s Art Institute.