Just like skin, hair needs protection from the cold to remain soft and healthy. Winter weather can take a real toll on your hair. It is harsh on all hair textures and types so it is important to protect your crowning glory from cold air, whipping winds, static electricity, and even indoor heat.
Professional hairstylist and curly hair specialist Georgina Mullan gives us her expert insight into winter haircare with a few top tips to keep your hair in great shape:
- Avoid heat styling and embrace the texture you were born with. There is nothing better than allowing your hair to dry naturally and rocking that natural look. It keeps your hair shiny and healthy. Blow drying draws moisture out of your hair increasing the chance of breakage. Take a break from straightening or curling your hair during the winter. Instead explore new styles like twists, braids, and buns.
- Lower the water temperature when you shower. Hot water can zap moisture from your hair making it brittle and more vulnerable to breaking. Instead, wash your hair with lukewarm water and follow with a cool rinse.
- If you’re someone who washes their hair every day, it’s time to switch things up and start avoiding the frequent washes. Over-washing your hair strips it of its natural oils that help to keep it moisturized and protected. This is especially important during winter when those oils are needed even more. Extend the time between your washes as much as possible. Use a dry shampoo. It will also keep your hair smelling and looking fresh.
- It is important to cover your hair during the winter months to help protect it from the elements which dry your hair out and make it more prone to breakage. Wool, cotton, and other fabrics can also damage your hair, so make sure to line your hat with silk or satin. It is also important to protect your hair at night. Use satin or silk pillowcases or even better, use a bonnet. You can also help prevent static electricity under your hat by using a dry oil spray. Dry oils are weightless and contain natural oils that moisturise hair, bringing back its shine.
- Brush your hair when it is dry and less vulnerable and to help avoid breakage, brush and detangle your hair with a soft bristle brush.
- Deep condition once a week as winter hair care is all about moisturising. Use a leave-in conditioner, oil treatment or a weekly hair mask to replenish moisture, protect and combat the effects of indoor heating and the cold weather. Hair masks help to soften, hydrate and add shine.
- Always brush conditioner and base product through for even distribution. I also strongly advise people against using a conditioner as a Co Wash particularly if you have curly hair. As a conditioner is not made to cleanse the hair and can leave a heavy build up on the roots, blogging follicles and creating hair loss.
- Don't use deep conditioner as an overnight treatment - 30 mins max is what it's made for.
- Add styling products onto soaking wet hair as a good hair product works to lock moisture in.
- A good simple homemade conditioner for damaged hair would be to mash an avocado into a paste. Take half a banana and add about 2 tbsp of olive oil. Mix it well with the avocado paste. Add an egg and blend until soft. Apply to dry hair starting from the top section of your hair, ensuring that it is not on your scalp. Work your way down concentrating mainly on the hair tips which more likely to be damaged. Leave the conditioner for about 10 mins and rinse it off with water. You will see that your hair becomes soft and shiny.
- Buy a humidifier. Indoor heating causes the air in your home to become very dry, pulling moisture out of your hair. Humidifiers help rehydrate the air to keep your locks looking lustrous.
- If 2020 taught us anything, it’s that we all love a trip to the hairdressers. Once again hairdressers are unfortunately once again closed but it is important to get your hair trimmed every four to eight weeks to help maintain healthy hair and keep your locks looking luxurious. By taking a good inch off the bottom you will greatly reduce the chances of developing dry, split ends.
You can find more tips and advice from Georgina Mullan as well recommended products at www.thecurlgirl.co.uk or via her Instagram shop @thecurlgirl_ and @81rosegarden