by Tracie Johansen
The winter is so hard on your hair. When that cold wind
hits it, it can dry out your hair, and damage it beyond
repair. Then the only hope is to trim your hair to "cut off"
the damaged ends. Wait! I don't want to cut my hair!
Here are some tips to get through the winter with the
least possible damage to your hair. Maybe this year you
won't have to cut it.
Shampoo every other day or less frequently, if possible,
unless you exercise regularly or work outdoors. Excess
shampooing strips natural oils from the hair.
Let your hair air dry whenever possible. Blow-drying can
dry out the hair and damage it even more. When using hot
rollers or a curling iron put thin strips of cotton fabric
around them to lessen the damage done by them to your hair.
If you're in a rush and have to blow dry your hair,
use the dryer on the lowest, coolest setting or stand
in front of a fan and run your fingers gently through
your hair as it dries.
Massage your head daily for 5-10 minutes to promote
blood flow to the scalp and improve the quality of
your hair. Start at your temples and work toward the
back of your head, apply pressure in circular motions.
Turn your head upside down and give it a good brushing
from the scalp to the ends, which stimulates the scalp
and spreads natural oils through the hair.
Be sure to take your B vitamins. B6, B12, folic acid,
pantothenic acid and biotin are associated with moisture
rich hair. You can take a multivitamin or eat food's rich
in B vitamins including soybeans, bananas, beans, yogurt,
avocados, eggs and grains.
Be sure to eat enough protein. Your hair is composed of
protein and if you don't get enough it could cause your hair
to become dry and brittle. Make a protein shake twice a day
just to be sure.
Protein Shake Recipe
2 Tbs. Soy protein Powder (your favorite kind)
1 cup milk or juice
1/4 cup fresh, canned or frozen fruit
Mix in a blender until smooth and creamy.
Try this wonderful deep conditioning treatment once a week
to rejuvenate dry damaged hair.
1 tsp. olive oil
1 tsp. lemon juice
1 Tbs. Castile soap
1/2 cup water or herbal tea
5 Drops of essential oil of your choice (optional)
Combine all in blender and whip until smooth. Shampoo
with mixture using warm, not hot water for the shampoo
and rinse. Store any remaining shampoo in the
refrigerator for use the next day.