Dry air and low humidity is very common during the winter season. Thankfully, a well maintained humidifier can help you battle the effects of dry air in the house. Being exposed to areas with low humidity can cause dry skin and lips. You may also notice your nose and throat getting scratchy. But aside from these things, dry air can affect your hair greatly. Here are 3 ways that low humidity affects your hair as well as tips on what to do about it.
01. Dry and Damaged Hair
People living in humid environments usually complain about having difficulty styling their hair. Because of the moisture content present in the air, human hair can either dampen or frizz out. In low temperatures and low humidity areas, human hair has a tendency to look dry and damaged.
Fixing damaged hair may be a challenge to some, specially to those who are fond of experimenting on different treatments like rebonding, relaxing, and even hair coloring. If your hair is dry and dull, you may want to get a good trim to revive your hair. You don’t have to get a very short cut, just make sure to trim around the edges to eliminate the most damaged parts.
Limit your use of hot styling tools. Blow dryers, flat irons, and curling irons – all of these can aggravate the amount of damage in your hair. If you must use them, apply a protective serum so your hair doesn’t get damaged any further.
02. Brittle Hair
When the air is dry, it pulls moisture from whatever sources it can reach, and that includes our bodies. So if you notice, during cold months when the humidity is low, our skin becomes drier. We also get prone to itchy noses because our nasal passages dry up. The hair also suffers from brittleness because of the very low moisture present in the strands. It becomes weak and prone to breakage. To combat this, make sure you put moisture back in your hair by using certain oil products. Conditioning your hair with pure olive oil helps it keep moisture and gives it a healthy shine.
Another thing you can do avoid breaking is to avoid washing your hair everyday during cold season. That’s unless your hair is naturally oily, in which case regular washing is advised. Shampooing strips off essentials oils in the hair, making it dry and weak. Too much sun exposure also weaken the hair strands so make sure you’re protected every time you go out.
03. Dry Scalp
Dry scalp can lead to dandruff and flakes and nobody wants to suffer from that. If you already have them, don’t worry because it’s not the end of world. You can treat it naturally by massaging table salt on your scalp before taking a bath. This process eliminates the dry and flaky skin and prepare you for shampooing.
Using anti-dandruff shampoo and conditioner can also help the condition of your hair during cold months. Dry and irritated skin can be treated with special shampoo. Look for the following active ingredients: zinc pyrithione, selenium oxide, and ketoconazole. They’re helpful in treating serious cases of dry scalp and dandruff. Finally, don’t forget to drink a lot of water to replenish the moisture you’re losing because of the weather.