5 Ways To Stop Your Hair From Feeling The Winter Bite
Posted by Jason Collier in Hair
The temperature is dropping outside, the heating is being cranked up inside and we can often feel our hair is looking less than its best in the Winter months. Most of us are in the habit of changing our skin care to cope with harsh winter weather, but hair, and the way cold weather affects it, can often be forgotten about. But if you take the time to lavish a little extra care and attention on your hair now, you will reap the benefits throughout winter.
The combination of cold outside and ramped up radiators indoors can have a really drying effect on the scalp, making it more prone to dehydration. Constantly putting hats on and taking them off can cause stress and friction on hair strands too, adding to the pressure on locks that might be left feeling less than luscious.
Both men’s and women’s hair is equally susceptible to damage during winter, but if you treat your scalp to plenty of moisture, stick to products that are kind to hair and aren’t alcohol heavy, and try to keep damaging heat treatments to a minimum, you should be able to sashay through winter with suitably glossy, healthy - looking locks.
Living Proof’s Restore Shampoo for Dry or Damaged Hair, £12 helps to cleanse hair thoroughly without stripping it of natural oils. A sulfate - free shampoo like this will help to keep the hair cuticle smooth, which helps in the fight against split ends. Another tip is to look for products that contain natural essential oils.
Regular conditioning is a must, but adding in a richer moisturising treatment once or twice a week is a great way to retain moisture in the hair, and keep your style looking smooth. Phyto’s Phytojoba: Intense Hydrating Brilliance Mask, £19.50 is designed to treat dry hair. A moisturising mask, it should be applied to clean hair while it is still wet. Simply comb through with your fingers and leave for up to five minutes before rinsing. An easy way to top up moisture levels in dry hair simply during your morning shower.
A great little multitasker from the Dr. Hauschka range, the Revitalising Hair and Scalp Tonic, £18.50 can be used on both a dry or oily scalp to calm and balance. Free from synthetic fragrances, dyes and preservatives, which are all drying, and dermatologically tested for sensitive skin, you can massage this tonic into damp or dry hair and leave it on to add shine, volume and manageability. It will also help to fortify fine hair, which can be static-prone and flyaway in winter.
When it comes to styling, remember that gels often contain alcohol to create that hold on hair. Creams tend to be lighter than gels and will be more moisturising, so won’t dry hair out as much.
Protect And Preserve
Another hard-working product is the Wonder Balm Hair Treatment from Percy & Reed, £18. A leave - in balm that adds moisture and shine, offers a light hold and protects against humidity. Use on towel-dried hair before styling for a smooth, shiny finish.
We can be tempted to go a little overboard with styling our hair over the coming weeks - party season without racking up those blow-dry/straightening/curling sessions? I know, it’s not going to happen. What you need to do is protect hair against all that excessive heat while you are styling. Keracare’s Thermal Wonder 6 in 1 Thermal Protector, £12.95 is a heat protector spray that will help to smooth and hydrate hair while it works. Great for protecting during styling, you can also use it as a leave - in conditioner.
It’s also worth remembering, in this season of carb - heavy winter meals, that it’s important to eat and live as well as possible, which will be reflected in the way your hair looks. Include plenty of fresh fruit and veg in your diet, and boost your intake of vitamins C, A and E to keep things healthy, and drink plenty of water to stay well hydrated.
Give your hair, and yourself, a little extra TLC now, and it will pay off over the winter months!
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