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27/10/2016

Winter style tips for hair




Winter weather can wreak havoc on hair no matter wether you have long, short, curly or straight when it comes to winter we really can’t afford to let our guard down! Personally I always find it easier to achieve well behaved hair in the spring, when the cool breezes and spells of sunshine are just the right temperature to avoid both frizz and damage. However, even summer with its heat waves and dry spells, can still be kinder on our scalps than winter is.

So what do we do when the temperature drops and the snow clouds roll in?
Despite the undeniable harshness of winter weather, there are things you can do to prevent it from ruining your favourite hairstyles. And don’t worry, none of these involve shaving your head or using harsh chemicals - Quite the opposite in fact! The key to surviving winter is to shield your hair from the freezing temperatures. Over the past few years I have had long hair to very short hair and here are my top tips on keeping your hair in the best condition at the coldest time of the year

Condition, Condition, Condition

I tend to use as little product on my hair as possible but I do find that a natural plant-based conditioner containing either coconut, almond or argon oil is a real life saver during winter and will help protect and add moisture to hair without making it greasy. If you find you are really struggling to keep the moisture in at this time of the year consider using a hair mask once a week to avoid spilt ends. Also switching from a cotton pillowcase to a satin one also helps to ensure maximum protection and prevent breakages.

You should also try to make sure that all of your products are sulphate free, if you haven’t already. Sulphates can cause scalp irritation and damage dry hair, and are unfortunately still used in the vast majority of shampoos.




Put Down the Brush

I know it may sound impossible but try and brush your hair as little as possible as even just brushing hair when wet, can still cause damage during the winter and can cause split ends and breakages. For those of us who can’t get along without brushing, use only a wide toothed comb while in the shower and make sure that it doesn’t irritate the scalp. 


Keep It Covered

To avoid the effects of the cold temperatures and harsh winds, it’s always wise to cover up when you venture outside - A woollen hat or a loose scarf will protect hair from the elements, and keep your head cosy too. Make sure not to over due it though and when you get inside take your hat off to ensure your not constantly flattening your hair. 






Stay Hydrated

It can be difficult to keep your body hydrated in winter, especially when you’d much rather be drinking a steaming hot cup of coffee than a cold glass of water. But doing so is absolutely essential to ensure both your hair and skin stay healthy.

Just like skin, hair is prone to dryness and damage during the winter. Keeping a water bottle close to hand with you at all times, ensures you can take sips throughout the day, making sure you keep dryness at bay, allowing you to also still have that cup of coffee, when you need it most!

Heat with care

Heat treatments bring with them risks of hair damage and therefore using heat protection in key.
Applying heat protection sprays before styling can help to prevent hair damage. The most popular straightening tool is the classic straightening irons, these will provide varying levels of success depending on your hair type. A hair brush straightener can be used to act as a hair dryer and straightening iron, all in one, saving on time, effort and potential damage.


Providing that you use heat protection products and a deep conditioner after a few days, there is no reason why you can’t switch your luscious curls for a classic, straight style every once in awhile... Just be sure to a pick a ceramic brush to provide maximum effect and minimum damage. Just like with you skin the way you care for your hair needs to change over winter to ensure maximum moisture and damage-free hair is achieved. What are your best tips?

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3 comments:

  1. I always use a heat protection mousse or spray if i am drying my hair with a styler and lots of conditioner too in the Winter.

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  2. Love all these tips. I am always in a Hat during the winter. I've never used a hair brush straightener x

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