Treating hair with an oil massage once or twice a week is something which one should never forget.Then dip a towel in hot water, squeeze out the water and wrap towel around your head. Keep it on for 5 minutes. Repeat the hot towel wrap three or four times. This helps the hair and scalp absorb the oil better. (Read Oil massage for the hair.) Pure or virgin coconut oil is the best massage oil for this season. The effects of herbal oils such as brahmi(Asiatic pennywort) oil, aloe oil or hibiscus oil are too cooling on the scalp during winters. These oils are more suitable for summer. So they are best avoided in this season, especially if one has sinus problems or asthma. Homemade hair packs and conditioners containing such cooling herbs like henna or brahmi are also to be avoided.
Some tips to protect your hair
* Do not let your hair hang loose and wild around your shoulders. Instead, cover your head with a suitable silk scarf (woolen scarves are not good for the hair) while going out to shield it from the harsh climate.* Do not dry your hair using blow dryers as this can be very damaging. Also do not subject your hair to harsh treatments like perming, crimping, coloring or streaking just to look good. This strips your hair of natural oils and robs the moisture from them. The effects are even more devastating in winters. If you want to use homemade Henna hair dye in winter, then your own discretion; either use it only once in 45 days or avoid its usage totally during that period if you find that it aggravates your sinus problems.
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