10 ways to keep your hair beautiful this winter
FROM split ends to dry frizz, when the winter weather hits, a bad hair day can last a whole season.
Bambi Staveley, creator of Australian solution for thinning hair BOOSTnBLEND shares her top tips for how to beat your hair's winter blues.
1. Protect your hair from heat
Now that it's getting colder, it's tempting to have boiling hot showers and keep the hair dryer on a little more than necessary, but try to resist because heat and hair are not friends.
Heat can dry your hair and scalp, making it brittle and susceptible to breakage.
If you can't break these habits, take extra care to nourish and moisturise your hair and scalp.
2. Blow-dry Basics
Going out with wet hair in winter is a massive no-no, but blow-drying requires your careful attention.
Ensure you keep the hair dryer at least 20cm away from your head or even attach a diffuser so that you don't aim too much concentrated heat on one area.
Also, always use a heat protective spray when using blow dryers, straightens, curling wands etc.
3. Protect your hair from chemicals
We all know that hair and the scalp can easily be damaged by harsh chemicals, so it's best to keep them to a minimum wherever possible, especially during winter.
If you're addicted to chemical laden products, try to use them less often during the cooler months, to give your hair a chemical holiday.
4. Use a Clarifying Shampoo
Over time, all different kinds of chemicals build up in your hair.
Hairsprays, mousses, chlorine and even the moisturisers in some shampoos and conditioners can leave residue in your hair, leaving it feeling heavy, greasy and limp.
Using a clarifying shampoo (or a good natural alternative is apple cider vinegar) once a week is a great way to eliminate product build up.
5. Condition, Condition, Condition!
Dry dull hair is definitely something to steer clear of, so make sure you condition adequately.
Choose shampoos and conditioners based on your hair type which specify 'dry hair', 'deep conditioning' or 'coloured hair'. Another great habit to get into is applying a nourishing oil to damp ends after washing.
6. Treatment Time
Using a treatment once a week is a great way to reinvigorate your hair.
Treatments penetrate the hair, restoring and maintaining internal strength.
If you're unsure which one to use, ask your hairdresser what treatment is best for you.
7. Use a Microfiber Hair Towel
Microfibre hair towels are an easy way to reduce frizz in all hair types.
Because they are super absorbent you don't have to rub, making them kind to your hair and scalp.
8. Look after your scalp
Keeping your scalp happy is key to having healthy hair.
It can be difficult to notice your scalp health unless you're experiencing discomfort, so ask your hairdresser about the condition of your scalp (they don't mind!).
Giving yourself scalp massages is also an easy way to encourage blood flow and exfoliate the scalp.
9. Keep it loose
Try to avoid wearing your hair in tight hairstyles too often.
Any style that is excessively tight across the scalp will put your hair and scalp under extreme tension.
It's much better to wear hair gently gathered during winter.
10. Stay safe from the sun
Keep any visible scalp (including your part line) safe from the sun by applying sunscreen on a cotton bud, wearing a hat, or using hair fibres.