'It was looking less 'nice curl' and more frizz' - Gabby Logan reveals how her hair has changed over time, and how she ensures its health today

'The biggest change was when I hit perimenopause in my mid 40s'

Gabby Logan at Chelsea Flower Show
(Image credit: Getty Images / Jeff Spicer)

Gabby Logan is no stranger to our TV screens. With the world of sport (thankfully) never asleep, Gabby is never far from a camera, which subsequently means her hair is never far from a styling tool. 

With her hair often subject to heat from the best hair dryers and styling tools, I was keen to know more about Gabby's hair care routine. Does she use any hair treatments, an award-winning shampoo or one of the best hot brushes

Speaking with her at a recent Cloud Nine healthy hair event, Gabby shared how her hair has changed over time, issues she has experienced in the past, and how all of that has affected how she cares for her hair today. 

"I had wavy hair from late teens, but when I got into TV I stopped wearing it so. No-one else on telly had wavy hair so I thought 'I had to have straight hair', and so I really got into using heat products in my early 20s. As I got older I noticed it started looking less 'nice curl' and more frizz, because I was damaging it with the hair tools I was using. 

"I did notice changes through pregnancy too, but the biggest change was when I got to the perimenopausal stage in my mid 40s. I thought 'my god, it feels really wiry dry', and I didn't know why as I didn't know what perimenopause symptoms were.'

It was by accident Gabby became aware the changes in her hair were directly linked to her stage in life. "Thank god I found out what that was going on. Through my podcast, Midpoint, actually, where I accidentally ended up speaking to Mariella Frostrup and thinking, 'these symptoms sound familiar'. After that everything sort of started to fall into place, and so I thought 'ok what have I got to do?" 

At that point, Gabby made some lifestyle changes to help her hair feel and look its best.

"I went back to having regular hair treatments, and tried to reduce the amount of heat I used. If I was filming, I would avoid heat on the days in between to give it a break." Gabby has also used a Keratin blowdry as a way of reducing the amount of styling she needs. "If I'm going away for a big chunk of work, like the World Cup, it makes life easier as I have to use much less heat. It will save me time and save my hair, so it's a balance of having that treatment in the first place over what it will save me needing during that time.

"This is why I love heat-controlled products, they are so sophisticated you don't feel the guilt of using them on your hair."

Gabby Logan

Gabby is never too far from a TV screen, which has made the sports presenter more aware of and proactive about her hair health 

(Image credit: Getty Images / Naomi Baker)

Gabby also turned her attention inwards. "Seeing a nutritionist, who made sure I included lots of protein in my diet, was a game-changer for me in that perimenopausal phase. And it definitely wasn't a placebo effect or in my imagination, as many people have commented on how much better my hair looks since I paid more attention to my diet."

The final thing Gabby swears by to maintain healthy hair is regular trims. "I would say every six to eight weeks. And what's nice about that is you are reminded of how important washing and conditioning your hair properly is. There's a reason you think your hair feels great after coming out of a salon, and it's because they spend so much longer cleaning and conditioning it. 

"I very much try to take control of things that would help my hair health, including making sure I had a good shampoo and conditioner. I use Living Proof. I've tried others but always come back to it, it just works for me. I also use Cloud Nine's Magic Spray pre blow dry if my hair has been washed and conditioned and it's starting to dry out a little bit.

"In one way, being on TV is a bit of a nightmare in terms of my hair health, but in other ways it's made me more aware – I pay much more attention to it."

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Kerrie Hughes

Kerrie is the editor of woman&home (digital). For seven years previously she was editor of Future’s world-leading design title Creative Bloq, and has written for titles including T3, Coach and Fit&Well on a wide range of lifestyle topics.


After a decade of working in retail, Kerrie went back to education at the ripe old age of 27, graduating with a first-class honours degree in creative writing three years later. Her career in journalism began soon after, when she secured a job as a staff writer at Future Plc. In the 14 years since, she has worked her way up to editor level, gaining a wealth of digital experience along the way.

As a woman&home reader and a senior digital editor, Kerrie’s main purpose is to ensure the brand delivers high-quality, relevant content to help enrich and improve women’s lives – a responsibility she feels hugely passionate about.  

Outside of work, if she manages to find a spare minute around her three young children, geriatric dog and activity-obsessed fiance, you’ll find her either throwing a barbell about at Crossfit, with her head in a good thriller novel or building one of the latest Lego ideas sets.