HEALTHY LIVING  | 11.27.16  |  by Gia Dolney

It’s that time of year when winter hair can be very dry.  Outdoor cold paired with indoor-heated air can make your tresses feel a little zapped.  While you want to take time out for a spa day, it’s hard when little ones need you 24/7 or even more difficult when you’re a working mom with no time to spare.  We’ve found winter hair helps to make it possible for you to renew your lovely locks.

 Read on for simple DIY winter hair treatments  

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Deep Condition with Coconut Oil

Saturday morning house cleaning is a great time, before you shower, to slather on coconut oil on your scalp and hair.  Let it condition your hair for an hour.  You can wrap it up into a bun while the oil does it’s thing.  Wash out when you shower.

At, Marissa Waller, founder of, says —

Coconut oil is fantastic for the hair because it’s ultra hydrating and nourishing. If you have dry, damaged or color-treated hair then coconut oil is an inexpensive and simple way to repair damaged hair quickly.

Remember that coconut oil is susceptible to temperature differences.  So when you pull it out of the jar it might be solid, but once it warms up with your fingers it turns to a more liquid state — which is normal.


Island Fresh Coconut Oil is cold pressed which means it’s nearly unrefined and going to have all the nutrients and aroma that you would expect. Less chemicals in manufacturing and the environment as well.  It’s also organic.

Try a Hair Mask

There are a multitude of recipes online for simple hair masks that give your hair not only extra moisture but that can combat damaged hair and frizz.  Here’s a list of DIY recipes to try, most have about 3 easy-to-find ingredients:

Use a Humidifier

Since running an indoor, forced-air heater (central heat) has a tendency to dry out the air in your home, consider using a humidifier to add moisture back in the air.  It can help with dry hair, dry skin, and dry sinuses and throat.

But, use with moderation and safety.  You don’t want condensation to accumulate on walls which could give you mold issues.  And also you have to be careful to protect children from a humidifier machine due to the hot steam.  And you’ll want to regularly clean out the humidifier so it doesn’t growth bacteria.

Consumer Reports in March 2016 listed two of its most recommended humidifiers: the Honeywell HCM350W and the Vicks 1.5 Gallon Vaporizer.


The Honeywell HCM350W humidifier.

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