5 essential winter hair care tips
Follow our five essential tips to ensure that your hair stays strong and healthy throughout the winter months.
We often think of summer as the most damaging season for our hair with chlorine, sea salt and the heat of the sun all taking their toll. But the cold months also present threats to the natural health and shine of our hair, so it’s just as important to follow a good hair care regime throughout the winter too.
We have identified the five most common hair problems our clients here at Lifestyle face in the winter and show you how to solve them.
1. My hair is getting brittle and damaged
If you think about it you probably spend a lot more time in centrally heated rooms in the winter during than you would ever spend under the outside in the sun throughout the summer. So it’s little wonder our hair can get dry, brittle and develop split ends during the cold months.
Our number one rule therefore is always to have regular trims throughout the year – summer and winter alike. This will keep the ends of your hair in great condition and stop split ends having the chance to take hold. If however your hair has got into bad shape, take a look at our blog post How to banish dry hair and split ends for some great advice.
Between trims, make sure you are replenishing the moisture sucked out of your hair by the heating by using a moisturising shampoo and conditioner. Then supplement this approximately every seven to ten days with a moisturising hair mask. By keeping your hair hydrated there is less danger that it will dry out and start to break.
2. I’ve got a flaky, itchy scalp
Changes in the weather can cause the scalp to peel but very often this is only a temporary situation. It can be eased by adding a natural Argan oil to the hair and scalp which replenishes nutrients and moisture. You need to make sure though that the oil isn’t too heavy for your hair type. At Lifestyle we recommend Moroccanoil which also comes in a “Light” version for fine hair.
3. I’m plagued by static and fly away hair.
Static hair is caused by the artificially heated indoor air and also your hair’s contact with the fabric fibres if you’re wearing a hat and it can be a real problem in winter.
Prevention is always better than cure so make sure you’re replenishing your hair’s moisture via your washing and conditioning regime as we outlined above. However, if you’re still having trouble, try these little tricks.
Firstly, you can run a tumble dryer sheet (like Bounce) over your hair to remove static in an instant and secondly, try wrapping your hair in a silk scarf before putting on your hat to avoid rubbing it against your hair.
4. My hair is a disaster when I take my hat off
Even if you manage to avoid the static and fly aways it’s a fact of life that hats, especially the tight, warm ones we want to snuggle right down over our ears in winter, can make our hair look flat and lifeless when they’re taken off. But there are a couple of things you can do to fight back.
Before you put your hat on, style your hair with more volume than you would do normally. Use a volumising styling product like the sculpting gel or foam from the Paul Mitchell Extra Body range and then blow dry with a large barrel brush to give extra volume to the roots.
Then, put long hair in a high ponytail or pull short hair straight back before putting on your hat. By pushing your hair against the way that your style should fall you’ll be helping it to spring back with bounce when you take your hat off.
5. My hair is dull and has no shine
All this heat and friction can interfere with the structure of the hair, thereby damaging and roughening its cuticles. Rough cuticles don’t reflect the light as effectively as when they are smooth, leaves us with dull-looking hair.
Restoring your hair to good health is essential as healthy hair equals shiny, so follow our tips above for washing and deep conditioning your hair. Then, if you can bear it, finish rinsing your hair with a blast of cold water as this will encourage the cuticles to close and lie flat, making them appear shiny.
Also, make sure your diet has a good balance of all the vitamins and minerals your hair needs to be healthy – protein, vitamins A, C & D and omega 3. Read more about How to eat your way to healthier hair.
Finally consider a Glossing at the salon. Glossing is a bit like a top coat for your nails or clear gloss for your lips – it accentuates the colour and adds shine. It’s particularly good for blonde hair, which tends to dull more quickly than other colours. Ask your stylist for her advice, and for more tips on restoring the shine to dull hair, click here.
So there we are – Lifestyle’s top five tips to keeping your hair healthy right through the winter. Follow them and you need never have a bad hair day!