By Elisha Reid
Like our skin, our hair and scalp can suffer in winter due to loss of moisture in the air and a drop in temperature. Here are some top tips to keeps you locks looking just as lustrous as they do in summer.
Frequent trims are key to healthy hair during this cold season. It is recommended to have your hair cut every six to eight weeks, it only has to be a light dusting off the ends to help reduce the chance of splitting and dry ends.
Your diet plays a key role in the health of your hair. Eating the correct balance of nutrients, including protein, vitamins and minerals supply the hair with what they need to result in shiny, strong and powerful hair.
Minimise Washing your Hair
Washing your air only two to three times a week will prevent your hair from drying out too much. If this is going to be a struggle for you, then dry shampoo is the perfect alternative. Also, make sure that your hair is dry before you leave the building. Not only because you might get a cold, but the moisture in your hair combined with the cold air will add further damage to your hair by making it brittle and dry.
Moisturise your Scalp
A drop in humidity results in central heating being blasted up and your woolly hat being dragged out of the draw, and it’s your scalp that pays the price. Flaky scalp is a common winter hair issue that can be embarrassing, yet easily resolved. Before you go to bed, apply hair oil to your scalp and massage in. Coconut, castor, almond or olive oils will do the trick.
Drink lots of Water
When it’s cold outside it’s easy to forget to stay hydrated. Keep drinking water like its summer, and you will stay hydrated on the inside and this will help to retain the moisture in your hair.
Argan oil moisturises hair instantly, making it a great product during cold spells. Make sure the oil isn’t too heavy for your hair type, the finer the hair the lighter the oil.
Use a Hair Mask
Boost hydration by treating your hair to a deep moisturising mask once a week. Look for ingredients like shea butter and olive oil. Your rehydrated hair will be noticeably smoother and shinier, and easier to style. You can even make your own.
Use a Soothing Cream
Use a smoothing finishing cream to tame frizzy, dry-looking hair. Look out for ingredients like avocado oil which will seal the hair, nourish your strands and boost shine for healthy winter hair.
Give your straighteners a break a few times a week to save your hair from extra damage. Try washing your hair the night before and twist, braid or put it in a bun and then sleep on it. Wake up the next morning by taking it out and flaunting your styled and ready to go hair.
Use a Natural Boar Bristle Hairbrush with a Wooden Handle
Unlike a lot of other brush types, boar bristle brushes bring out the natural texture in straight, wavy, or curly hair. This isn’t the brush you’ll use on wet hair (it can cause breakage) or for styling your hair, but it is the perfect everyday brush to rid your hair of tangles, boost its body, and keep it glossy.