We want our locks to look amazing all-year round, but the cold of winter can take its toll on our hair. Icy temperatures, rain and blustery winds outdoors combined with the dry central heating indoors means the scalp is more prone to dehydration, resulting in dryness. Luckily, you can outwit the elements by treating your tresses to a weather-proofing routine – we teamed up with online hair and beauty retailer Hairtrade.com to bring you 10 top tips…
1. Keep washing to a minimum
If possible, try and limited yourself to washing your hair just two or three times a week to prevent it from drying out in the cold. This minimises the amount of heat styling in your routine, which can be extremely harsh on the hair, especially in the winter.
2. Use a sulphate-free shampoo
Sulphate is a very common ingredient in shampoo, but it can cause problems for damaged hair as it strips beneficial oils… Instead, invest in a shampoo free from sulphate and as many chemicals as possible.
3. Choose your conditioner carefully
It's also important to invest in a really rich, thick and moisturising conditioner – pick one that contains fatty acids and humectants, such as soy protein and panthenol. These ingredients help attract and retain moisture in the hair.
4. Avoid hot showers
It's tempting to turn your shower up to full blast when it's freezing outside, but this can damage your scalp – and your skin, by stripping it of moisture. Instead, keep showers and baths to ten minutes and make sure the water is mid-to-lukewarm.
5. Avoid ponytails
Wearing your hair down as much as possible will prevent the additional breakage that a bobble creates. If you do wear a ponytail, try to wear it at different heights each time to avoid too much pressure in one area.
6. Cover up
Wear a hat to protect your hair from the cold during the winter colds.
7. Look at your diet
Eating foods that are rich in natural oils, minerals and vitamins will help to give your body everything you need to keep your hair looking healthier, as well as for your own general well-being during winter. Make sure your diet includes plenty of Vitamin C, A, E, as well as iron and selenium, which can be found in a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, fish, nuts and cereals. This will help to boost your immune system and damage repair that can occur to your hair.