Ready for spring: How to properly care for your hair after winter

At the end of winter, the hair problems that one tends to have from the ground up often worsen. For example, depending on the disposition, the hair becomes greasy or drier.

In addition, many are plagued by increased hair loss and dandruff.

Therefore, it is important to take good care of your hair, especially in the early spring. Gentle special shampoos tailored to your hair type with a neutral pH value of 5.5 are suitable for this.

The right care for your hair type

Quickly greasing hair

If your hair becomes greasy again shortly after washing, this can be due to genetically caused, overactive sebaceous glands.

Unhealthy diet and stress can further aggravate the problem. Very oily hair often promotes the formation and growth of yeast fungi, which can lead to scalp irritation.

You should therefore wash greasy hair regularly with appropriate, silicone-free special shampoos. Natural ingredients such as horsetail, bladderwrack or rosemary can help regulate sebum production.

If, despite everything, your hair becomes greasy quickly and heavily, you should seek the advice of a dermatologist.

Dry hair

If you have dry and straggly hair, you should first avoid hot blow-drying, the use of straightening irons, bleaching and perming, and not washing your hair too often.

Use mild, moisturizing shampoos and apply a nourishing conditioner after each wash.

In addition, you can intensively care for your hair with a monthly oil treatment. Simply massage coconut or olive oil into your hair and scalp once a month, leave the treatment on overnight before you wash your hair out the next morning as usual.

Hair treatments with panthenol can also help against brittle, dry hair. However, if your hair is too badly damaged and the ends are very split, cutting it off is often the only solution.

Hair prone to dandruff

Scalp shedding is basically a natural process to remove dead skin cells. However, most of the time you don’t notice the process because the scales are usually microscopic.

If many dead cells accumulate in cell aggregates, large, disruptive scales form. This problem often arises or is at least exacerbated by the use of too intensive, degreasing shampoos.

Anti-dandruff shampoos with active ingredients such as zinc pyrithione, coal tar or selenium sulfide can help against dandruff. They can inhibit cell renewal and slow down the growth of microorganisms.

If stubborn dandruff still forms, you should use ketoconazole shampoos.

If your scalp is itchy and red in addition to severe dandruff, you should consult a dermatologist, as this can be a symptom of various scalp or hair diseases.

For hair loss

Increased hair loss is part of spring. As with animals that lose their “winter coat,” this seasonal shedding is common to many people. A possible reason for this is the hormone melatonin, which is increasingly produced during the shorter winter days.

As the days get longer, the body reduces melatonin production, which can lead to more hair loss in some people.

This seasonal hair change usually does not need to be treated – unless the hair stops growing back and falls out severely. There may be diseases, such as a thyroid disorder, and you should have this medically clarified.

This article also appeared on Bunte.de.

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