Winter is ruinous for our hair. A toxic combination of central heating and cold winds dries out hair to the point where it is brittle and full of static. The only people who look great on a cold winter’s day are celebrities with a hairdresser on speed dial. Luckily, there are ways to ensure your hair stays glossy and healthy, even in winter, so read on for some useful tips.
It may sound counterintuitive, but over washing hair makes it greasier. Too much washing, especially in hot water, also strips the natural oils from your hair, so even if your scalp is greasy, the ends will be dry and brittle.
Try not to wash your hair every day. If possible, leave it three or even four days before you wash it. If Kim Kardashian can do it, so can you. Use dry shampoo in between washes to soak up any excess oil and give your hair a fresh fragrance.
This is especially the case if you are menopausal, as hair tends to be even more brittle and prone to falling out in middle age. Hair loss supplements such as Nourkrin tablets can help if your hair is thinning, but make sure you eat a healthy diet as well.
Use deep conditioning treatments to put some moisture back into your hair. You can buy hot oil treatments but olive oil will work just as well. Lather your hair in olive oil, wrap your scalp and hair in cling film, and cover it up with a plastic shower cap or towel. Leave it on for the evening and your hair will be super soft and conditioned.
Hats are a great accessory for winter. Buy the right hat and you will look stylish whilst protecting your hair from the elements. Soft hats are perfect, as these don’t damage the hair. If you wear a woollen hat, you may find you end up with static in your hair – this can be prevented with a quick spritz of a styling spray or a wipe down with a tumble drier sheet.
We like our homes to be nice and warm in winter, but it is not good for our hair. Air-conditioning and heating strips the moisture from our hair and skin, leaving it dry. A de-humidifier strips the moisture out of the air whereas a humidifier adds it back in. Invest in one for your home and your hair will thank you.
Long gaps between trims are good for your pocket, but not so great for your hair. Try to have your hair trimmed every 6 weeks or so over winter. This will chop the dead ends off and help your hair to stay healthy. A salon blow-dry is also a great way to make yourself feel like a reality TV star or WAG or even invest in an Ombre Hair Wig.
Invest in a good quality conditioner for your hair if it’s prone to split ends, because you’re worth it!