As we head into the cooler months, it’s time to reconsider our beauty routine. As well as tailoring skincare to match the season, it’s important that we consider the effect of cold and extreme weather on our hair.
Before we can add the latest accessories in time for the festive party season, it’s worth taking the time to make our hair look and feel its best. To help you prep for the winter, here are some top tips to keep your hair and scalp looking and feeling healthy.
It can be easy to forget about the skin on our head, especially if it’s masked by hair. But scalp care is just as important as any other skincare routine. The lack of moisture in the air during the colder weather can dry out our skin. This can make the skin on our scalp irritated, itchy, and flaky, forming dandruff.
To combat this, ensure you’re using hair products that are kind to your skin. Look out for any irritants that might create a reaction. Also, keep your hair and scalp hydrated. Drink water and look out for moisturising shampoos and conditioners. Also, avoid using a lot of heat styling tools as these can further dry the scalp and wash your hair in warm, rather than hot, water.
Use serums and oils
Depending on your hair type, oils and serums could be the ideal addition. These can protect your hair and lock in moisture – vital when the temperature drops.
Also, if you colour your hair, serums may be the perfect way to protect your tresses as some colourants can have a drying effect. This is exacerbated in the winter months. If you want to indulge in a fresh hair colour as we enter the festive season, but you want to make sure your locks are looking good, try a semi-permanent hair colour and lock in moisture with an oil.
Pamper your hair with a hair mask. This is a conditioning treatment that takes a standard conditioner to the next level and ideally, it’s worth applying one at least once a week. This can add nutrients back into your hair that can often be stripped in the harsh winter weather and leave your hair feeling silky and fresh.
Perhaps most importantly, hair masks add moisture, which is much needed in the drying winter weather. You can shop around for masks or try your hand at making your own.
As winter approaches, take the time to look after your hair and scalp.