Winter can play havoc with your hair as it tends to get dry and dehydrated because of the cold weather, the after effects of summer and indoor heating, so it’s worth putting in a little extra effort to make sure your locks stay in tip-top shape.
Trichologist Sally-Ann Tarver, from The Cotswold Trichology Centre , has given us some tips on how to keep your hair looking lustrous and glossy despite the unpredictable weather.
Try some hydrating products
Sally-Ann recommends investing in a moisturising shampoo and conditioner to stop your hair and scalp getting too dry. You could try products such as MoroccanOil’s Moisture Repair and Pantene’s Pro-V Daily Moisture Renewal ranges or Shea Moisture’s Moisture Retention Shampoo and Restorative Conditioner. It’s also worth getting yourself a deep conditioning treatment or intense moisture mask that you can use once a week to help nourish and replenish the hair, like Aussie’s Deep Treatment 3 Minute Miracle Moist or Noughty’s To The Rescue Intense Moisture Hair Treatment. If your scalp is already starting to feel slightly dry and itchy then you might also need to treat it by applying some coconut oil overnight. Sally-Ann says the liquid form is easiest and should applied with a dropper or syringe.
Stay away from hot styling tools
Put down the straighteners! It may be tough if you like to style your hair with them, but they can make matters worse during the winter months as they can lead to dry, damaged, lacklustre locks as well as split ends and actual breakage. If you can’t stop, Sally-Ann recommends keeping usage of straighteners and other heated styling tools to a minimum and turning the temperature settings down to stop further moisture loss.
Up your protein
While buying new products can help, the best thing to do for your hair is to examine what you’re putting into your body. Sally-Ann suggests that you increase your protein intake, by eating more meat, fish, eggs, dairy, nuts, seeds and pulses, to ensure a glossy head of hair. You can calculate how much you should be eating based on your weight and exercise routine with apps such as MyFitnessPal. Also, make sure that at least half of your food intake is made up of fruit and veg.
Get your Vitamin D
Hair growth slows down by about a third in the winter months as we’re missing those UV rays which help increase our natural Vitamin D. Take a Vitamin D supplement throughout the winter to counterbalance the effect of the lack of sunshine.