Say no to dry hair this winter and give it the love it deserves with Absolutely’s top tips for protecting it from the elements
Words Joy Montgomery
DRY HAIR SAVIOURS
Shampooing your hair washes away dirt, however it also strips away natural oils causing it to dry out. Try cutting down washes to just twice a week (if you can bear it!) and use dry shampoo to keep things fresh on in-between days.
USE A WEEKLY CONDITIONING MASK
Applying a deep conditioner to your hair once a week will keep it nourished and healthy. Naturally curly hair should opt for oil-based conditioners and moisturisers to counteract brittleness, while finer hair should stick to lighter formulas (applied just to the lengths) to avoid weighing down the strands.
WRAP IN A SILK SCARF
A quick and easy way to protect your hair from the elements is to wrap your tresses in a silk scarf before putting on a woolly hat. This will help prevent friction damage and cut down on static.
AIR DRY YOUR HAIR
Forgo your usual styling routine this winter and experiment with air drying – the easiest way to give tired locks a boost. Just make sure you don’t go outside with it still wet as this will make the hair freeze and break (and also make you ill!)
USE A HUMIDIFIER
Cold air and central heating are prime culprits when it comes to dry hair. Humidifiers offer a solution to this problem by adding moisture into the air, which will offer a respite for weather-ravaged hair and skin.
OPT FOR A DARKER HUE
Platinum dye has seen a surge in popularity, but sadly the chemicals used to bleach the hair are incredibly damaging and a sure-fire way to turn it into straw. Use winter as an excuse to experiment with more natural, darker shades (think post-breakup Carrie in the SATC film). Sophisticated and hair-friendly – win-win.