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Published on February 24th, 2014 | by beauty international

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Top 5 Winter Haircare Tips

Haircare Tips

At this time of the year, after Christmas and the New Year, it feels like we should be looking forward to sunnier skies and warmer weather – but the reality is, winter is just starting to settle in. Winter can cause just as much havoc on our hair as the summer months: blustery winds tangle our locks, the cold temperatures can make our hair brittle and dry, and indoor heating can be just as damaging as heat styling. So with all this in mind, here are our top winter hair care tips, to ensure your locks look shiny and healthy throughout the colder months.

image: dry and brittle winter hair (from ivillage.ca)

image: dry and brittle winter hair (from ivillage.ca)

Wind

Cold and blustery winds whip around our carefully-coiffed hairstyles and leave them in a tangled mess; not even short hairstyles manage to escape. Combat this by piling your hair up into a bun or a French plait, or wearing a hat or scarf. Carry some leave-in conditioner or a shine serum in your bag on your commute, so you can mist it into your hair to shake out tangles and smooth down flyaways – Wella SP’s Luxe Oil reconstructs and strengthens, making it perfect for weak, winter-ravaged hair.

Indoor Heat

Experts say that our central heating can have a similar effect to spending a whole afternoon under a hair dryer: it can leave hair looking dull and lacklustre, and strip it of moisture. Avoid excess heat styling as much as you can, and add more conditioning elements to your hair care routine. Seek out extra-moisturising shampoos like Sebastian’s ultra-hydrating Hydre shampoo, and if you colour your hair, find a colour-specific shampoo and conditioner.

Static

The combination of indoor heating, cold air and protective silk scarves can produce a scary amount of static and flyaways on our hair. To combat this, use the same remedy as you would with your laundry: rub a fabric softening dryer sheet gently on your hair. Alternatively, smooth your hair by brushing with a good quality natural boar bristle brush.

image: Wella SP Luxe Oil, £18.99; Sebastian Professional Hydre Shampoo, £10.95; Nioxin Deep Repair Hair Masque, £14.45

image: Wella SP Luxe Oil, £18.99; Sebastian Professional Hydre Shampoo, £10.95; Nioxin Deep Repair Hair Masque, £14.45

image: Wella SP Luxe Oil, £18.99; Sebastian Professional Hydre Shampoo, £10.95; Nioxin Deep Repair Hair Masque, £14.45

Deep Conditioning

Dry heat inside our homes and workplaces and cold winter air outside can strip the moisture from our hair. Treat your locks to a deep conditioning treatment or a hair oil once a week to help replenish the moisture. Choose a hair mask rich in protein, like this one from Nioxin – leave on for around 20 minutes after shampooing, then rinse out – or smooth a nourishing Argan oil into damp or dry hair.

Avoid Wet Hair

Your granny was right when she said that stepping outside with wet hair in winter can give you a bad head cold. Besides that, the cold air can make even strong and healthy hair brittle, dry, and more prone to breakage. Always dry your hair before you leave the house; you can limit your time with the hairdryer by wrapping your hair in a towel while you get dressed. The towel will blot excess moisture out of your hair so you won’t have to spend as much time blow drying it.

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