Do you get stressed out when your hair just won’t play along? Now you can relax, as there is plenty you can do at home to avoid a bad hair day this winter. Beauty expert Jo Glanville-Blackburn asked w&h’s favourite hairdressers for their top seven tricks to stop the weather playing havoc with your look…
Protect Against Central Heating
“Constant blasts of central heating and dry atmosphere can make hair static,” says international hair colour pro Daniel Galvin. “Use a lighter weight conditioner or even a spray-in conditioner instead.” Indola Innova Hydrate BB Cream, R241 for 200ml, is a fab leave-in creme that contains jojoba seed oil to condition and nourish hair.
Pamper Your Hair
…and combat the drying effects of over-styling by using a hair deeply hydrating hair masque. “Make sure you apply a masque at least once a week in winter,” says Daniel. My favourite is Kerastase Nutritive Masquintense, R510 for 200ml. We love that it comes in a formula for both fine and thick hair types.
Keep The Condition
“Wearing hair up is a great style changer and is kinder to ageing hair,” says celebrity stylist Nicky Clarke. “It protects hair from the cold wind and rain that come hand-in-hand with winter.”
Pro Tip: Try wearing a hat to keep out the elements. Tie your hair in a top know and place a hat over it. Then, when you shake out your hair, it will look big and bouncy.
Have A Hair Detox
See the upcoming winter months as your chance to pare back on your use of electrical appliances and cleanse your hair of excess styling products.
Moisturise Your Hair As Much As Your Face
“It’s vital to use a moisturising shampoo and conditioner during the winter months,” says Ashley. “Argan oil is a great ingredient to use during cold spells, as its moisturises the hair instantly. Choose a lightweight version so hair isn’t weighed down too much.” Try Marc Anthony Nourishing Argan Oil of Morocco Ultra-lightweight Dry Styling Oil, R204,95 for 120ml.
Avoid Shampoos that Contain Sulphate
Shampoos containing sulphate can strip hair’s colour and leave it looking dull. A sulphate-free shampoo will ensure your colour lasts all winter long. Try Muk Spa Argan Oil Repair Shampoo, R350 for 300ml or Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Grow Shampoo, R199,99 for 384ml. Use it for two weeks to allow your hair to get accustomed to the ‘no lather’ effect.
Do Blow Dry
Avoid letting your hair dry naturally too often in winter. “Although there’s this preconceived idea that it’s the best way to look after your hair, its not,” says Nicky. “If you don’t blow dry, the cuticles remain open and raised, so hair will dry out more easily and be open to the elements and pollution.” Use a heat-protection spray every time and, with a large round bristle brush and your dryer set to medium, keep the dryer 5 to 10cm away from your head. Aim the nozzle of the dryer down the shaft to the hair as this will smooth the cuticles down. “Leave your hair to set and cool before moving or running your fingers through it. The hair will bend and ruin your style if you play with it while it’s still warm,” Nicky adds.
Compiled by Beauty Editor, Martinique Stevens