Winter is a challenging time, not least for our locks. Freezing cold weather, icy winds, damp drizzle coupled with centrally heated homes and offices all conspire to turn our beautiful, sleek mane into a frizzy, unruly mop!
Never fear, help is at hand and a little forward-thinking and investment in a few key products will help your hair through this most difficult season.
A regular deep conditioning treatment is the foundation stone for maintaining hair health in the freezing February weather. A quality mask like Philip Kingsley Elasticizer or Coco and Eve, Like a Virgin, applied twice a week will replace the oils that are lost from the hair. Wrapping your hair in a hot towel or plastic shower cap after applying the mask will increase the absorption and rehydration.
Seal and protect
A serum is a must-have in the cold weather. Applied to damp hair prior to drying, it will help close and seal the hair cuticle, increasing shine and smoothness. It can also be used to tame and smooth frizzies when you’ve been caught out in the cold, so keep a bottle handy in your office drawer.
Fight the frizz
Anti-frizz haircare is a must in this weather, especially if your hair is susceptible to the cold and damp. label.m have a new range which includes a shampoo, conditioner and hair masque to banish those flyaways for good.
Even if you’re not a fan, hairspray is invaluable in the winter chill. It doesn’t have to be heavy and sticky and a good misting before leaving the house can make all the difference to your style’s staying power. Our faves are Duck & Dry, Fix Your Quiff, loved by our reader testers and Umberto Giannini Ultra Fine Firm Hold Hairspray, which is reasonably priced, cruelty-free and vegan. Don’t leave home without it!
Turn up the texture
If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em! Sometimes it’s better to play to your strengths and not try to swim against the tide. By embracing a textured ‘do and not even trying to create sleek, shiny locks, you will already be halfway there. Using a texturizing product will help achieve the tousled look and this can be re-applied during the day to add volume and lift.
Curls can benefit from dedicated products especially during the winter months. A good curl range will define your curls and keep them looking on point.
But if you do crave glossy, sleek hair then why not play it to the max and invest in a gorgeous shine spray to increase the sheen and perfume your hair too.
- Try to limit use of hot tools as these will exacerbate the drying effects of the weather
- Avoid combing hair too often as it will increase static
- Wear a hat to protect your locks where possible (texturiser will help lift roots if you need it)
- Ensure your hair is completely dry before going out into the elements as damp hair will increase the frizz factor
- Make sure you have regular trims to keep your hair in good condition and reduce flyaways