Winter weather can single-handedly destroy our hair in no time. Beauty Director Jo GB finds a few new ways to cope with…
The Dreaded Downpour
The ultimate winter hair bugbear, even a sprinkle of rain is destined to instigate a bad hair day, but a blow-dry, salon or home, helps close the cuticle and start you off with smoother hair that can withstand the elements, even those with frizz. “I always say ‘the smoother the better’ as this will last the longest,” says James Galvin, Kérastase Ambassador. “Hair that has all of its movement blow-dried out will slowly start to go back to its own natural state over the next couple of days, so what starts off smooth will stay smooth but end up with natural movement. Two looks out of one blow-dry.” Sounds like a plan.
Ever think it seems a bit pointless wearing a hat to protect your hair from the elements, only to whisk it off and find it crushed flat and out of shape? “Avoid wearing a hat that’s too tight on your head,” says James. “If you will be taking your hat off later and wearing it down, the best thing to do is gently twist hair up on to the top of your head and pin in place. this should sit nice and neat under your hat. then, when you eventually take off your hat, youshould have soft movement and no kinks from where the hat has been sitting.”
Keep on hand “a root-building dry shampoo such as Redken Pillow Proof Two Day Extender and spritz into your roots to plump up your style once you take your hat off,” says Jonny Long for redken, “ready for the shops and bars.”
A flakier or sensitive scalp is more common at this time of year, so try a soothing scalp massage. Kérastase Spécifique Masque Hydra-Apaisant is a three-minute gel cream with vitamin E and moringa oil. Or try the supersonic scalp facial. Created in conjunction with Clarisonic, Kérastase has devised a sonic-powered salon treatment with a deep-cleansing clay mask, to help purify the scalp and reduce product build-up and urban pollution. Kérastase Spécifique Purification System, £85 – find your nearest salon at salons.kerastase.co.uk
Before you nod off try an overnight nourishing hair treatment to
replenish lost moisture and oils. Notes of lavender, vetiver and
chamomile in This Works Sleep Plus Hair Elixir, make this multi- purpose
oil a dreamy, relaxing treat.
Snuggling by a log fire is totally my thing, but it’s as drying to hair as it is for the face. And of course going in and out of centrally heated rooms can make hair look pretty dull and lifeless in no time too. So reduce the amount of heat styling you do as much as possible, as this may create more static build-up. My fave anti-static brush, Braun Iontec Satin Hair 7, is still my go-to to help calm my hair while brushing; however, my incorrigible waves are currently loving Dafni Heated Straightening Brush too. It smooths out waves and kinks more gently than a straightener, so hair doesn’t look poker straight.
The easiest all-weather updo? The nape bun.
Simply make a ponytail at the nape of the neck, then twist your hair around and around itself, then finally secure in place
Gale Force Fuzz
When the weather gets harsh and potentially drying, hair (especially curly) gets thirsty and dry too. Yes, we can tie it up, but the trick is to make moisture the thing, as coarse, brittle hair is less manageable. Start using a day-to-day moisturising shampoo and conditioner like Aussie Miracle Moist Shampoo and Conditioner, with nourishing macadamia nut oil.
“The new Redken Heatcure professional treatment, from £20 for 30 minutes, is fantastic at smoothing for weeks on end (up to ten washes), or try the Redken Heatcure Self- Heating Mask that come in take- home sachets to boost your hair’s shine and manageability,” says Jonny.