The ultimate guide to looking after winter hair
Winter is here, and while this means plenty of time to look trés chic in oversized coats, statement boots and snug layers, our hair doesn’t always love the season as much as our wardrobe.
Unfortunately, the change of temperature doesn't lend itself to shiny, strong hair. The main cause of those brittle winter locks isn’t actually the cooler temperature, but the lack of moisture in the air. The constant shift between the outside chill to the warmth of indoor heating deprives our hair of its moisture, resulting in dull, dry hair that's more sensitive to damage. Sigh! Which means it's more important than ever right now to take extra care of that mane of yours.
We’ve pulled together some of our favourite hair care products to help prevent winter dryness and give you Rapunzel-worthy ends in no time.
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Nourish your hair with collagen
Your hair thrives when your body is healthy. To support healthy hair growth, try some collagen. Over time our bodies lose collagen, resulting in hair loss and fragile skin - less than ideal! Your hair responds to added collagen by building hair proteins and strengthening the skin that holds your hair roots.
Find the best collagen hair care at Priceline.
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Shampoo less often
Shampooing too much strips your hair of the natural oils it produces. Try shampooing less frequently, and benefit from the added moisture by brushing the natural oils through your hair so it moisturises the mid-sections and ends. We recommend washing your locks every three to four days with a moisture-rich shampoo. Too oily in-between washes? Try dry shampoo to get you through.
We love: Living Proof Dry Shampoo available at Mecca Maxima.
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Don't skip out on the conditioner
In winter, conditioning your hair is more important than ever. It may sound obvious, but often this step is skipped in favour of more voluminous waves, or to get out of the house quickly after a slow start on a cold morning. In the colder months, change up your regular conditioner with a heavier product, those ends will thank you for it.
We love: The Kerastase Aura Botanica available at Oscar Oscar Salons.
Try a silk pillowslip
Want to keep your hair shiny and smooth? Switch it up with a silk pillowslip - a cult product that has had beauty influencers regaling us of their benefits for years. If you suffer from dry or frizzy hair, you may notice a serious difference after investing in a silk pillowcase. Cotton is more absorbent than silk, so while cotton and linen pillowcases absorb moisture from your hair, silk leaves that hydration right where it belongs - in your hair. Plus, the silk is anti-frizz and more slippery, meaning less matting of the hair as you move throughout the night
We love: Silk pillowcases from Sheridan Studio and Bed Bath N' Table.
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Weekly hair masks
Go the extra mile in hair hydration by using a hair mask once a week. Think of a hair mask as similar to conditioner, but with bulked up benefits. Hair masks are perfect for that instant transformation, even if you need to put a bit of extra time in. Filled with nourishing oils and intense hydrating elements, they quickly work to improve those frustrating split ends and restore silkiness.
We love: the Kerastase Nutritive mask from Oscar Oscar (a cult classic), the Essano Argan Oil Recovery Mask from Priceline, or the Aveda Damage Remedy Restructuring Treatment from David Jones.
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Don't go out with wet hair
AApart from the freezing factor, there’s plenty of reasons why you shouldn’t go out in the cold with wet hair. Your hair is more vulnerable and fragile when wet. Cold tempratures expand the hair fibre and it can weaken your hair, causing damage. Our solution? Get your hands on a quality hairdrying tool.
We love: JB Hifi, Harvey Norman, David Jones and Myer.
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Protect your hair
If you are applying heat to your hair – protect, protect, protect! Heat protectants add a barrier between your heated styling tool and your hair. This seals in moisture and fends away frizz. Heat protectant products also work to smooth the cuticle, leaving your hair looking smooth and feeling soft.
We love: Priceline, Mecca Maxima, David Jones and Myer.
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Finish the look with a hydrating hair oil
Add shine to your look and seal in that sough-after moisture!. Hair oils and serums also assist with flyaways, sleek ponytails, natural curl control and can be a daily protectant to weather exposure. 'Oil' doesn't have to translate to grease, either - try a dry oil for the shine without the added weight.
We love: Agadir Argan Oil Spray Treatment from Priceline, Rodin from Mecca Maxima and Morrocanoil Dry Texture Spray from David Jones.
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