Just like skin, hair can be adversely affected by winter weather. Whether you’re already into the big freeze or still enjoying relatively warm autumnal temperatures, follow our winter hair care hacks and quickly combat the severe lack of moisture, flaky scalp, brittle ends and crazy flyaways that the winter weather will bestow on all hair types.
Can Winter Dry Out Your Hair?
The lethal combination of cold air and central heating sucks all the moisture out of the air, and in turn, your hair. If your hair feels coarse to the touch, has split ends or looks dull, then it’s worth focusing on winter hair care from the off and using a specific shampoo and conditioner to put the moisture back in and nurture sad strands. The Oribe Gold Lust range traps moisture deep within the hair, transforming even the most damaged locks and bringing back both softness and shine.
In the winter it’s tempting to warm up with a hot shower, but water that’s too hot can cause an itchy, flaky scalp and dry hair out even further. Turn the shower down to lukewarm and try a scalp scrub to help rebalance dehydrated, uncomfortable scalps; we like Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt.
Can Winter Damage Your Hair?
There’s a reason your grandparents always said don’t go outside with wet hair, and it’s not just because you’re more likely to catch a cold. Wet hair and cold weather means hair damage is much more likely. Water molecules can expand in the cold – so wet hair swells, becomes brittle and prone to snapping. Blow drying hair can be drying and damaging too but take steps to protect your hair from the extreme heat and you’ll reap the benefits.
First up mist on Bumble and bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer which will moisturise hair with added oils, while providing protection from extreme heat. If you’re suffering with split ends, then try a moisturising cream such as Windle & Moodie Invisible Day and Night Cream, apply sparingly to the ends of hair before blow drying to seal nourishment in and prevent further damage. We also recommend using an ionic hairdryer such as the award-winning T3 Cura Luxe Hairdryer as negative ions smooth the cuticle for less frizz, and the wider airflow dries hair more quickly.
Winter Hair Care Essentials
Throughout the winter months ensure you regularly nourish hair with a deep conditioning treatment. If you have thick hair, try a deep conditioner such as the rich Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask with Rare Prickly Pear Seed Oil which will help to repair damage and leave hair glossy.
For finer hair, a lighter touch will offer the same benefits without weighing hair down so try an oil like Ouai Hair Oil, simply add one to three drops to damp hair for nourishment and shine. When applying a treatment always focus on the underneath section of the hair – as this often gets knotted thanks to friction from scarves, coat collars and heavyweight duvets at night.
Do Winter Hats Damage Hair?
We’ve all been there, it’s freezing outside, and you’re all wrapped up in a cute beanie and enormous scarf, but as soon as you get inside, you’re faced with hat hair – think frizz, flyaways and flat as a pancake. A three-pronged attack will help keep hair smooth and perfected – first up always choose a hat made from a natural fibre – cashmere is ideal, wool too, but avoid any static-inducing nylon.
Combat the frizz and flyaways by running a couple of drops of a buttery hair cream such as Living Proof No Frizz Nourishing Styling Cream through hair before you put your hat on, and for volume, keep a travel size Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray in your handbag – one quick mist and volume and texture are restored.