Keeping your hair shipshape is tricky enough during the summer because it’s prone to damage from exposure to the sun. With the onset of autumn and with winter in our sights, hair maintenance becomes an even tougher challenge.
Just as you may suffer from cracked hands (and dry skin generally) during harsher weather, your hair too can become flyaway, lack moisture, and your scalp turn dry and flaky. It’s much colder outdoors and much warmer indoors. These constantly fluctuating temperatures take it out of your hair.
With Christmas parties on the horizon, this isn’t how you want your hair to look for these special occasions! So it’s time to start giving your hair plenty of TLC so that it’s party perfect for the months ahead.
To help you out, here we’ve put together five top hair care tips to keep your locks glossy and healthy, whatever weather’s in store…
1. Wear suitable protection from the elements.
Invest in a fashionable selection of hats and scarves so you can cover up while out and about, but still be on trend! Don’t cover up too tightly, though, as this can restrict circulation in your scalp. Winter woollies can have a tendency to induce sweating which, in turn, irritates the scalp. Have a good anti-dandruff shampoo at the ready, should this become the case.
2. Don’t over-style and don’t go out with wet hair.
To avoid more drying out of your hair than is absolutely necessary, try to limit the use of hairdryers, curling tongs and straighteners which emit ultra-high temperatures. When you do, use heat protection spray and switch to lower heat settings.
That said, leaving home with still-wet hair is equally damaging as your hair can freeze causing breakage and split ends. If possible, let your hair dry naturally. Admittedly in colder weather this will take longer. If you’re in a rush, instead adjust the temperature on your hairdryer and allow extra time to blow dry slowly.
3. Wash carefully and less frequently.
As tempting as it may be, don’t turn the water temperature up in the shower or bath. Washing your hair in hot water will dry out your hair and harm the delicate skin on your scalp. Use warm water (cool if you’re brave enough!) only. Consider using a moisturising shampoo and conditioner, and give your scalp a good massage during shampooing as this increases blood flow.
Keep hair washing to a minimum – no more than two or three times a week, if possible – to prevent it drying out too much, and use a deep conditioning treatment at regular intervals – once a week is ideal – to replenish moisture. Some people use hair oil to keep hair supple and shiny too.
4. Don’t get dehydrated.
We all recognise the importance of drinking lots of water during summer, but it’s vital during colder months too. We are what we eat (and drink). If you’re dehydrated on the inside, it’ll show on the outside. Drink lots to keep your hair and scalp hydrated.
5. Trim your hair routinely.
Every six to eight weeks or so, get your hair trimmed. It doesn’t have to be much – just snipping the very ends will suffice – to keep dry, brittle, split hair at bay.
By following these handy hints, your hair will be looking its best in readiness for those Christmas dos! Get your party gear on and flaunt those tremendous tresses. You’re worth it!
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