5 Winter haircare tips you need to follow
While summer might have wreaked havoc on your hair, winter brings along its own set of concerns including itchy scalps, frizzy locks and dry hair. As the temperature cools down, your hair will find it harder to retain moisture while becoming more static than usual. Have a look at our top 5 hair care tips to make sure that your hair stays shiny, strong and moisturised this until Spring!
1. Control that frizz!
One of our favourite hair treatments over here at GlamIt is a super nourishing hair masque. For an added treatment, apply the mask overnight or at least 2 hours before taking a steamy shower. This pumps up the moisture and leaves you with silky soft strands that won’t frizz up when you step out the door.
Fight the flakes
Is your scalp suddenly looking dry and feeling itchy? That’s because the lack of moisture causes the scalp to dry out, leaving you with dandruff and irritation. Fight dandruff with this quick DIY mask to add some much-needed hydration and care to your hair.
- 3 Tbsp melted coconut oil
- 1 tsp lemon juice
Mix together and massage it into your scalp. Use your fingers to draw mini circles on your scalp with firm pressure for an added treat! Leave on for 30 minutes before rinsing out with warm water and shampoo.
3. Dry with the correct technique
While we know that no one wants to walk around with wet hair when it’s freezing outside, there are a few simple tricks you can do to ensure that you dry your hair without causing any additional damage. We recommend gently squeezing out excess water after you shampoo before using your dryer on the coolest setting.
Take care not to use a towel to dry your hair as it could cause damage, breakage and split ends. We recommend using your dryer on the coolest setting or, if you really need the heat, then keep the dryer at least 10 -15cm away from your hair. We love the CHI Deep Brilliance Hair Dryer (R2595.00) to get the job done while reducing frizz. This is also a great tool as it promotes heightened air circulation to significantly reduce drying time and lock in desired styles
4. Don't go out in the cold
Tying in from our last point, it is essential that you never go outside with wet or damp hair. This is because your hair shaft can expand in the cold causing extreme dryness, breakage and your colour will fade faster. If this is unavoidable and you find that you’re suffering from the after-effects of exposing your hair to the elements, then be sure to apply a serum to help protect your stands and smooth your hair.
We love the Balmain Argan Elixir (R545.00) to help protect your hair from the elements but definitely recommend reading our post over here about our top hair care serums.
5. Ease up on the hot water
While it might be tempting to take a piping hot shower in the morning, the blast of hot water can cause your scalp to burn while dehydrating your hair. Try to find a perfect middle ground where the temp is just right and you will be protecting both your hair and skin from moisture loss. The only time that it might be great to have the water on hot for a while is when you’re steaming up the room to let your hair masque do its magic.
What’s your favourite winter hair-care tip?