What’s your winter hair type?
Many of us tend to look at our own hair with a critical eye and can come up with one word to define it: curly, straight, fine, dry, frizzy. If we are looking for a way to fix these “problems” we can probably find the perfect styling product to smooth, volumize or condition these issues into submission. But winter weather can be especially tough to take for those of us with what I like to call “Combination Hair”.
Combination hair is defined as dry and damaged on the ends while tending toward oily and/or flaky on the scalp. This is especially common this time of year! Temperature changes, static electricity, dry indoor heat and hats all contribute to the issue of ‘hair stress’ drying out the ends. But what is happening on your scalp may be another whole issue and can leave you asking “how do I address totally different things going on with my hair?”
Multi masking to give your hair the extra care it needs is the answer. People do this for their combination skin on their face all the time, applying one mask for their oily t-zone and a moisturizing mask for their drier areas.
You can even create a DIY multi-mask at home!
First, think about which problems you want to fix with your hair. Then you can decide which ingredients will be most helpful.
Which of these best describes your hair and scalp?
- Dry: looks dull, has split ends, damages easily. This could be due to dry indoor heat, temperature changes or just lack of oil production.
- Oily: becomes greasy if not washed daily, loses its shine and becomes limp throughout the day.
- Flaky Scalp: itchiness, tightness and visible skin flakes.
- Combination: dry and damaged at ends with oily or flaky scalp.
Ingredient suggestions for a DIY mask for each hair type:
- Dry/Damaged: mix 2 tbs. honey(or glycerin)into an ounce or two of your regular conditioner along with 1 tbs. of jojoba oil. Honey and glycerin are both humectants (which make water cling to them) and help with moisture levels. The jojoba oil is an emollient which seals in moisture and makes hair smooth and flexible.
- Oily: Add either 1 tbs of kaolin clay or 1 tbs. of baking soda to 2tsp. shampoo plus 2 tsp. conditioner. Kaolin clay boosts the deep cleansing with it’s natural pulling/absorbing action. Baking soda boosts astringency. The conditioner makes the mask more neutral so it can sit on hair and scalp for greater effect.
- Flaky, itchy scalp: 1 tbs of either jojoba or fractionated coconut oil. When winter arrives we are sensitive to the drying effects on our hands and face and body and slather on the moisturizer. But we often neglect to do the same for our scalp until those telltale flakes appear. Jojoba and fractionated coconut oil are both light enough to be absorbed easily.
How to Multi-Mask Your Hair:
Wet hair thoroughly. Wet hair is more porous and therefore waiting eagerly to absorb the beneficial ingredients in the masks. Apply your customized masks to the corresponding areas on your head (scalp and ends). Leave on for 20 minutes and then rinse thoroughly with cool water. If you have applied the jojoba oil/fractionated coconut oil masque you may need to follow with a light shampooing.
The best part about this treatment is that you can experiment. Find what works for your hair, and what doesn’t. Try different combinations of ingredients which you think may work for your hair type, adjust the length of time to leave it on your hair, and the quantities of each ingredient in the mixture you use. Everybody’s hair is different, so your ideal recipe will be perfect just for you.
Have fun and enjoy!