Top 3 Winter Hair Loss Myths Busted

by Viviscal Hair Expert on December 8th, 2014
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Winter hair loss mythbusters: in dry, cold, windy winter weather and drying radiator heat, you we often see brittle, dry hair and a dry, itchy scalp. This can lead to hair shedding. We bust the top 3 winter hair care myths. Get the facts on how does hair grow and how to promote healthy hair growth in winter.

Winter Hair Myth 1: Less oily scalp and hair is healthy hair

In summer, we try to combat our naturally oilier hair and scalp. And it’s true that we should regularly clean excess oil and sebum from scalp to promote healthy hair growth. But it is also true that dry, flaky, itchy scalp in winter can lead to unhealthy, brittle and dull-looking hair. This can lead to hair breakage and hair shedding. And always be sure to keep winter scalp clean of flakes and dandruff with a gentle shampoo, and deep condition with a moisturizing conditioner, to maintain the ideal environment for healthy hair growth. You might also try essential oils or coconut oil.  Moisturize and clean scalp and hair to minimize winter hair loss.

Winter Hair Myth 2: Vitamin C and vitamin supplements only help your immune system

By now, we hope this is not a widespread myth. But just in case, you should know that Vitamin C is not only good to boost your immune system and help prevent illness during flu season. Vitamin C plus hair vitamins and minerals like Iron, Niacin (Vitamin B3) and Biotin (Vitamin B7) have all been shown to play unique roles in nourishing hair follicles and promoting healthy hair growth from within. Supplement your diet — which can suffer from less access to the freshest vitamin-packed fruits and vegetables in winter, depending on where you live — with hair growth vitamins containing a clinically researched blend of healthy hair nutrients, including a marine complex. It’s one of the best ways to stop winter hair loss from within.

Winter Hair Myth 3: Styling products and tools can cure winter hair loss

When facing dry winter hair, often our impulse is to smother strands with thick hair products or use a flat iron to tame frizzy, dry flyaways. But these supposed winter hair care remedies can actually make our dry winter hair worse. Topical hair products, even those that seem thick and nourishing, often contain alcohols and other chemicals that strip moisture from hair. And using heat tools like flat irons, especially over 400°F, can damage hair, breaking down the keratin in hair strands and causing more hair shedding and thinning hair. Instead, give the heat tools a break every once in a while in winter, condition hair with a deep moisturizing conditioner, and use less hair products to minimize winter hair loss.

Maintain healthy hair growth in winter, reduce winter hair loss or winter hair shedding, and nourish hair from within. By spring, your thick, healthy hair growth will be the envy of all your friends.