Is your hair looking and feeling a bit shite from all that dry home or office heating? If the indoor/outdoor extremes of winter are drying your locks out quicker than you can say, “Turn the heater up to 30!” these tips might see you through the next couple of freezing months…
Keep that cuticle FLAT – Frizzy, flyaway hair is often the result of the outer layer of the hair cuticle sitting up. The trick is to try and keep that sucker laying flat. Try the following – when blow-drying, keep the nozzle facing down the hair shaft, NEVER up, and the narrower the nozzle, the better. Don’t over brush and make hair serum your friend.
Don’t be too clean! – Try and hold off shampooing every day. If you have combination hair that can get oily at the roots and dry on the ends, give dry shampoo some love instead. If you double shampoo, make the second round roots-only and let it filter through to the ends on the rinse.
Only silk will do – OK, it doesn’t technically have to be silk if you’re on a budget, but consider replacing your regular cotton pillowcase with a silk or satin one. The surface will reduce frizz-causing friction and breakages, making crazy morning hair a thing of the past. Also, if you rock a beanie or hat, look for ones with a silky lining or have one stitched in to your old faves.
Apple Cider Vinegar is not just for salads – Mix 1tbs of ACV with 1 cup of warm water and rinse through your hair after shampooing. Not only will it help get rid of built-up residue, but will help close the cuticle, promote growth and impart a glossy shine to the hair. Condition as normal to avoid smelling like a fish and chip shop.
Inject extra moisture – Consider investing in a more hydrating conditioner than you’d usually use, even if it’s just for the ends. Weekly masks are also a great idea and if you’re low on cash, ride the coconut oil wave. Scoop some straight from the jar, rub your hands together and you’ll find that your body heat will melt it quickly. Distribute through your hair, avoiding roots if you’re oily, and concentrate on ends. Twist it up and leave it in as long as you can. If you want something REALLY special, chuck a towel in the microwave for about 30-40 seconds and rock that warm turban cocoon!
Consider a darker, semi-permanent colour – Darker hair reflects more light so naturally it looks glossier and shinier. Consider embracing the dark side and go a shade or two darker for winter. If you’re super brave, trade in your blonde for brown like Cameron Diaz did a few years ago. New woman alert.
Best ever trick for flyaways – We all get them, but particularly when your hair is a little parched, errand flyaways can look like the top of your head has been sprinkled with pubes. Feral. Grab a toothbrush, spray with hairspray and comb those little buggers down. Give another very light mist to keep them in place and wave bye-bye to your pube head.
Invest in microfibre – Microfibre is highly absorbent, soaking up excess water quickly and speeding up drying time. It doesn’t disturb the hair cuticle, so won’t “ruffle the feathers” so to speak, and keeps that cuticle nice and flat, just as you want it. Less time blow-drying, means extra snoozing!
Embrace the cold – Tricky to do in winter, but consider giving your hair a blast of cold water before you get out of the shower. This closes the follicle and helps smooth the cuticle. After blow-drying or straightening hair, give it a blast with cold air. Totally worth it for a bit of shine.
For the driest of hair – Only do this one if your hair is really dry….excellent for us curly girls. Shampoo first, then add a little olive oil to the midlengths and ends ONLY. Apply conditioner as normal and then rinse it all out. Stay away from the roots or you could wind up looking like your scalp is in perfecto condition for a fry-up. Not a good look.
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