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by: Better Not Younger
February 02, 2021
Cold weather can severely affect many facets of the body — our immune systems, body temperatures, hearts, and skin. Nutritionists and doctors advocate adjusting your diet to include winter weather foods to boost metabolism, bolster your immune system, elevate energy levels.
During the winter months, skincare may include adding eye cream, using skin moisturizers with natural ingredients, or increasing lip balm usage. But what about your hair? How do you take care of your hair in the winter?
Winter's low temperatures and dryness can negatively affect your hair's look, texture, and health. Age-related scalp dryness and chronic scalp issues like dandruff become noticeably worse in the colder months. Yet, these challenges can all be addressed by taking measures to safeguard your hair and scalp in the winter.
Women with thinning hair are especially vulnerable to skin damage and sunburn. Wind and sun damage can lead to inflammation, which can eventually cause telogen effluvium. This condition happens when a sudden shock or change prematurely pushes your hair into the telogen (or resting) phase triggering hair loss. Try these tips to combat wintertime dry scalp issues:
In addition to a dry scalp, cold air causes the cuticles on your strands to lift, releasing moisture into the air. This can lead to brittle strands and frizzy hair. Icy winter winds also cause your hair to become more easily tangled and snagged. When you attempt to brush and detangle it, the yanking action can cause split-ends or breakage.
To protect your hair from this cold weather assault, you may need to switch up your shampoo and conditioner regimen. Clarifying and other harsh sulfate shampoos use aggressive surfactants to strip away dirt and oils. Unfortunately, they also strip away your scalp's natural oils and lipids, essential for keeping your skin hydrated, especially during the winter.
Restore and repair your winter-damaged hair with sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners from Better Not Younger.
Each of our shampoos and conditioners gently cleanses your hair using mild surfactants. They are packed with amino acids, proteins, vitamins, and antioxidants to nourish and protect your scalp and hair.
Sometimes winter feels like it goes on forever, especially when you experience staticky, tangled hair and an itchy dry scalp. Using a hair masque from Better Not Younger in place of your conditioner once or twice a week helps reverse winter weather damage.
Better Not Younger's Silver Lining Purple Butter Masque (for cool blonde, platinum, and gray hair) and Hair Redemption Restorative Butter Masque penetrate your hair strands to seal in hydration, repair damage, and boost tensile strength and shine.
This rinse-off treatment is formulated with a unique combination of five plant-based butters that won't weigh your hair down and is safe for keratin-, color-, and chemically treated hair.
A mild-to-moderately dry scalp is one of the many menopausal side-effects aging delivers. This uncomfortable condition is usually aggravated for those of us living in colder, dryer climates where winter weather saps moisture from our scalps and hair.
Dry skin is more widespread in the winter and is often accompanied by tightness and slight itching (excessive itching may be a sign of eczema or dandruff). You may experience dandruff-like flakes, but a dry scalp is not dandruff.
Winter can also cause once-hydrated locks to become dull, frizzy, and prone to breakage. If left untreated, a dry scalp can even lead to hair loss. How do you fix your dry scalp in the winter?
Age-related hair loss and seasonal hair shedding can expose more of our scalp's skin to winter's harmful effects.
Sun exposure and lack of moisture in the air are factors that affect our skin during the cold season. Both can harm our unprotected scalps:
Winter weather can also inflame chronic scalp-skin problems, including:
Hormones and menopause go hand-in-hand, and so do cold weather and dry scalps. Avoiding harsh hair products and stocking up on Better Not Younger's gentle scalp serums, exfoliators, and moisturizing butters is crucial. Better Not Younger addresses the underlying physiology of aging hair issues while simultaneously treating the symptoms. The result is a hydrated, pliable scalp capable of supporting healthy, shiny tresses in any season.
Follicles receive nourishment through your bloodstream; therefore, increasing the blood supply will increase hydration and beneficial nutrients to your hair. Drink plenty of water and use Better Not Younger's Superpower Fortifying Hair & Scalp Serum. Our scalp-centric serum contains galvanizing ingredients like caffeine, ginger, and Centella asiatica to boost circulation.
Better Not Younger's New Dawn Activated Charcoal Scalp Cleanser is the only scalp cleanser available that allows you to physically and chemically exfoliate your scalp and stimulate your follicles. Your body maintains scalp moisture by secreting sebum from sebaceous glands at the base of your follicles. Aging and scalp buildup can slow or prevent sebum production, leading to dryness that is exacerbated by arid weather.
New Dawn Activated Charcoal Scalp cleanser removes buildup and unclogs pores, freeing up sebum to hydrate your skin. Our scalp cleanser combines a built-in brush with activated charcoal and gentle, natural exfoliating ingredients. Birch extract, a non-drying astringent and clarifier rich in A, B1, B2, and C vitamins, combines with lactic acid to exfoliate and nourish your entire scalp.
A healthy, hydrated scalp is essential for ensuring thick, shiny, elastic hair throughout your life. To do this, ensure you are nourishing your skin and its substructures with products designed to address the unique issues we face as we age.
After spending time in the winter sun and frigid wind, restore your scalp and tresses with Better Not Younger's Hair Redemption Restorative Butter Masque. Our decadent masque is formulated with vitamin E and five nourishing plant-based butters to hydrate your skin and enhance moisture delivery to your thirsty strands.
In addition to winter damage, aging causes our scalps to become drier and thinner due to elastin and collagen layers becoming disconnected. Additionally, pores become clogged because dead skin cells do not shed themselves as rapidly.
To address your evolving hair biology and fix your dry scalp, avoid sulfate shampoos and conditioners. Switch to products designed to gently cleanse and nourish your scalp while leaving natural oils intact, like Better Not Younger's Second Chance Low Suds Repairing Shampoo and Second Chance Repairing Conditioner, both for dry/damaged hair.
Second Chance shampoo includes scalp-nourishing ingredients like passionflower extract with linoleic acid and omega-6 fatty acids to enrich your scalp and phenol-rich argan oil to bolster follicle health seal in moisture.
Second Chance conditioner hydrates your dry scalp using meadowfoam seed oil containing 98% essential fatty acids and vitamins C and E. Additionally, this one-of-a-kind solution shores up your skin's barrier functions with ceramide-NG.
When temperatures drop during the winter, humidity decreases along with it. This effectively saps moisture from your skin and dries it out, leaving your scalp flaky, cracked, and susceptible to damage.
You can do several things to fight wintertime dry scalp, including using Better Not Younger products to hydrate your skin, lock in moisture, and nourish your strands from the inside out. Stop by our Shop page today to view our full line of hair care products.