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Now the mornings are starting to get Legitimately Chilly, troche the cashmere scarves and woolly coats are coming out of hibernation. We’re also swapping our lightweight skin serums and lotions for heavy-duty moisturisers, ailment and we’re ditching our good pal salad in favour of hearty soup.
But what about our poor hair? Save for the occasional novelty beanie, cialis our poor locks rarely get to rug up and take shelter from the elements.
During winter, the air lacks humidity and oxygen. Pair this with cold wind, air conditioning and blow-drying, and you’ve got yourself a recipe for some seriously stressed strands (think the opposite of Miranda Kerr’s majorly glossy, healthy mane).
Luckily nourished, hydrated and beautiful hair is possible all year ‘round. We spoke to Anthony Nader, international hairstylist and owner of RAW salon, who shared his top tips for keeping your crowning glory as…er…glorious as possible this winter.
- You need to swap your shampoo and conditioner in winter, just like you switch up your skincare to prevent your mug from getting dry and chapped. “Seasons change and so does your hair texture, so you need to be on top of it,” says Anthony. “Look out for moisturising key ingredients which sound good enough to eat, like shea butter, Argan oil, coconut oil and avocado to name a few.” Try Muk Spa Argan Oil Repair Shampoo and Conditioner, $26.95 each.
- You hair might not be copping as much sun damage in winter as it does in summer, but daily heat styling with your hairdryer, straightener and curling iron is super harsh on your hair, so you need to invest in a good quality heat protector spray. “Everyone needs to use a heat protector spray when using any hot appliances,” says Anthony. “It shields your precious strands and protects hair from the elements, including UV rays. Just spray a few pumps onto damp hair [it doesn’t absorb as well on dry hair] and then you can use other styling product and dry as usual.”
- Cut down on heat styling in winter by skipping one or two blow-dries a week. To make this process easier, just use a smoothing treatment once a week – this will help keep your mane tame for longer and you’ll find yourself reaching for the hairdryer less and less. Try TRESemmé 7 Day Keratin Smooth Heat Activated Treatment, $10.99, from Priceline.
- Static, frizz and flyaways can often flare up in winter (thanks, polyester jumpers!), and while anti-frizz products and oils can work like a charm, there are some alternative options if you don’t have the more traditional products on hand. “I’ve always been a fan of a shine spray as I find this lighter than an oil and I always apply this damp hair as it absorbs better into the scalp and hair than on dry hair and doesn’t leave the your strands looking and feeling oily,” says Anthony. “Another trick I have to control flyaways is getting an old blush brush [as big as possible] and giving the ends a once-over with a light mist of hairspray, and then glide the bristles over the trouble spot. This technique will make for better hair days and is so easy to do.”
- You might have made it through spring and summer without nary a flake to be seen – but come winter, your scalp is more prone to developing dandruff and other scalp conditions “I’ve found that the ladies with long hair especially tend to notice scalp conditions more so in winter, as the scalp can’t breathe as well compared to the warmer months,” says Anthony. “The hair and skin needs water daily, and without this simple measure you may notice a scaly scalp.” Try Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy Complete Care Anti-Dandruff Shampoo, $5.99, from supermarkets.
- A once-a-week hair masque is de riguer all year ‘round, but it becomes even more important in winter when your scalp and strands are in need of extra nourishment. Anthony advises making it part of a weekend beauty ritual: “Dedicate at least an hour to yourself and pop on a hair masque and give yourself a mani at the same time. Before you know it, not only will you be relaxed, but your hair and nails will look mighty fine too.”
Written by Lauren for primped.com.au