Winter Hair!

What our hair suffers from in the winter…

OVERVIEW. The winter brings its set of hair problems: excessively weak regrowing hair, a lot of dandruff, and hair that is electrically charged and impossible to brush… Nutrition is the primary cause for those problems, but the difference in temperature between indoors and outdoors also plays a part.

Nutrition is the primary cause

During the winter, food is usually richer and the fat taken in does not only show in terms of body weight: it can also have an impact on the hair’s vitality. By transforming itself into solidified fat, it stagnates under the scalp and curbs the blood’s transmission to the roots.

As a consequence, the abundant regrowing hair, which appears after the physiological autumn hair loss, strongly risks being made fragile. That is even more the case if a moment of stress, the flue or any other winter problem comes and weakens your system.

What about dandruff? It is in the winter that dandruff most frequently appears, mainly because of the food. Here is why: in the winter, ‘acidifying’ nutrients (saucy dishes, cooked pork meats, chocolate….) are not made up for by a more ‘alkalising-hair’ diet, such as fresh fruit, and green or raw vegetables. The result is a reduced assimilation from the liver, and the appearance of toxins, which, in some people, free themselves as dandruff at scalp-level.
Cold outside, hot inside

Another enemy of our hair is the changing of temperature between the excessively cold outdoors and the excessively hot indoors. On the one hand, the cold is a vasoconstrictor and it weakens the scalp. On the other hand, artificial heating dehydrates it, by making the air dryer. For fragile skin, such continuous variations in temperature can unbalance the scalp’s pH and trigger the appearance of irritations and dandruff (which is another reason why dandruff abounds in the winter).

Regarding eletrcically-charged hair, it is also the excessively hot air from central heating that favours its appearance.
Our advice

If you have lost much hair in the autumn, be easy with your regrowing hair by consuming as few as possible nutrients that are rich in saturated fat: cooked pork meats, fast food, industrial sugars, white bread, alcohol… See link Your Diet and Hair Loss

If you suffer from dandruff or itchiness, you will help it disappear by preferring alkalising nutrients or acidifying ones linkList of Acidifying & Alkalising Nutrients. You should have fresh fruit, before or during meals (you will thus avoid gastric fermentation). For the same reason, you should try to have green vegetables at least once a day.

In both cases, scalp massages are recommended, in order to eliminate the toxins that form around your hair’s roots.