When it comes to your hair’s time to shine, winter is not your best friend. But don’t panic; we’ve got a few tricks to help you tame that mane and keep those locks hydrated and looking full and fabulous.
Never underestimate the benefits of having a talented tonsorial artiste…hairstylist to you and me. Our hair needs TLC all year around, but even moreso at winter, so please follow your stylist’s advice when it comes to cut and care.
Get a trim now or, better still, indulge in that re-style you’ve been dying to try. Remember, over-washing can strip the hair’s natural oils, so do ask your stylist to recommend a shampoo routine and product specific for your needs before you leave the salon.
Every time you blow-dry or use a straightener on your hair, you’re causing damage. And, while we know you’re busy and time-poor in the mornings, the fact is, skipping a spritz or two of that heat-protecting product could cost you in the long run.
Speak to your stylist, who’ll not only back me up on this, he/she will also advise you on which product is best suited to your hair.
Feed and fortify those follicles
In order to promote hair growth, try to eat foods rich in vitamins and minerals. I’m no nutritionist, but I do believe drinking plenty of water will keep both you and your follicles hydrated. I try to include foods rich in iron and eat plenty of dark green leafy vegetables like spinach and broccoli. I also eat prunes, which are high in this mineral. You see, iron helps to prevent hair loss and discolouration.
In addition, foods rich in vitamin A help to keep your scalp moisturised as they assist your scalp to form sebum oil. However, if you’ve already got oily skin/scalp, perhaps you’re producing enough sebum of your own; so ask your stylist or doctor for advice.
For my vitamin A fix I eat raw carrots. If you want to protect your hair from the harsh winter elements, eating nuts rich in Vitamin E, copper and omega-3 fatty acids will certainly help. I find walnuts provide me with all of those nourishing elements.
I can’t wear hats. I’m too small and look like the baker boy from the old-fashioned Hovis bread ad; but for those who love their woolly cover-ups, do keep in mind, they can dry out that much-needed moisture. A tip: Try wearing a thin silk scarf wrapped around your head or place it between your hair and your hat.