SAUNA: HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR HAIR

Every Tuesday evening I go to the sauna at the local winter swimming club. It's a wonderful ritual where I enjoy the warmth and inhalations of cedarwood, mint or whatever the day's menu of essential oils is.

The other day a lady asked if she could borrow my conditioner bar before entering the sauna, and that became the inspiration for this article.

Because how does the extreme heat of the sauna affect our hair and scalp? Is heat healthy for the hair? Does the heat dry out the hair? Should it be wet before we go in, and can we use the time and the high degrees for a little hair wellness ritual at the same time?

Read more to find the answers for all the questions.

The heat in the sauna not only helps relieve stress and pain, but also improves blood circulation to your scalp and can promote hair and scalp health.

PROTECT YOUR HAIR

Saunas generate dry heat, which can have a damaging and drying effect on your hair and scalp if you don't protect it properly.

I therefore recommend moisturizing your hair before entering the sauna, and even better adding a conditioner. I use our own conditioner bar from Mellow Mind, which with its nourishing ingredients such as cocoa butter and broccoli seed oil retains moisture but also acts as a hair mask treatment. The heat makes your conditioner bar extra effective. In the heat, each hair strand opens, making them more receptive to the product.

SAUNA FOR HAIR GROWTH

The heat from the sauna promote blood flow to the skin's surface and hair follicles. The more blood flow, the better the conditions for a healthy scalp and hair growth. Blood efficiently transports necessary oxygen and nutrients to all parts of our body, and the same goes for our scalp.

The increased blood flow not only helps your hair grow better and faster. It also effectively protects hair from damage and breakage that can occur due to pollution, stress or other causes associated with a hectic lifestyle.

MY OWN HAIR CARE RITUAL AND TIPS FOR A TRIP TO THE SAUNA:

1/Moisturize your hair and add plenty of nourishing conditioner before entering the sauna. As mentioned, it acts as a hair treatment and the heat makes the product penetrate deeper. Put your hair up in a loose bun with a silk scrunchie so it doesn't dry out in the heat.

2/Take advantage of the time and give yourself some extra pampering by doing a gua sha massage of the scalp with a scalp gua sha comb. The massage stimulates blood circulation and balances the scalp.

3/Afterwards, wash your hair with a shampoo bar and finish with a conditioner bar. They are incredibly easy to carry in your bag in a travel container and you don't have to compromise on the quality of your hair products.

4/In towel-dried hair, add Mellow Minds Hair Serum. It contains vitamin B5 and hyaluronic acid, which restores moisture balance to the scalp and leaves hair incredibly soft. The final step is a few drops of Mellow Minds Hair Oil with rosemary to counteract dry ends.

Have fun next time you're in the sauna - whether it's at the local swimming pool, winter swimming club or bathing establishment.