Keep your hair nourished and strong throughout the winter months.
As the temperature drops, many of us will begin to feel the effects of the colder weather on our hair and skin. Chilly conditions can leave our locks much more fragile than before as hair becomes more susceptible to breakage and brittleness. The good news is that there are a few things you can do to protect your hair and keep it looking shiny and strong — read on for our top tips for keeping your crowning glory intact this season.
Consider Your Scalp
When it comes to feeling the effects of the cold weather, you might notice some changes to your scalp. The skin in this area is often prone to dryness and itching, especially if you live in a dry climate. To avoid these issues, along with dandruff and flakiness, the best bet is to keep your scalp hydrated. Use a nourishing hair oil formulated to penetrate both the skin and the hair follicles.
If you’re trying to keep your hair looking good, it might seem counter-intuitive to shampoo less often, but the reality is that excessive washing can actually leave your scalp and locks extra dry. Try to lengthen the time between washes ¬— no more than twice a week is ideal. It’s also a good idea to stay away from harsh, dehydrating ingredients. Opt instead for sulphate-free shampoos and those that go easy on alcohol, fragrance and dyes.
Choose Hydrating Ingredients
If you’re really struggling with dry, brittle hair, it’s well worth looking out for hydrating formulas that will nourish your strands. Choose a conditioner that contains natural oils — think coconut, olive and jojoba for maximum hydration. You may also benefit from using an overnight oil or serum packed with hydrating ingredients like argan oil or aloe vera. Weekly deep conditioning masks can also help maintain the condition of your hair by keeping it soft and shiny.
Nourish From The Inside
When it comes to your overall wellness, nutrition is key. And the condition of your hair is no different. Try to stick to a balanced diet packed with nourishing, vitamin-rich foods — a combination of omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and nutritious fruits and vegetables will all contribute to healthy-looking hair. It’s also advisable that you drink plenty of water to make sure that you stay hydrated even in cooler weather.
WE LOVE HAIRCARE
When it comes to nourishing your hair, especially in the cooler months, there’s nothing quite like an oil treatment. We love the luxurious Moroccanoil Treatment, infused with antioxidant-rich argan oil and shine-boosting vitamins. It can be used as a conditioning, styling and finishing tool and is great for detangling and boosting overall shine. 200ml | R1 100
We’ve also discovered the haircare range from Monday — it aims to be more inclusive, offering luxury formulations at affordable prices. The range includes formulations for frizzy and curly hair, as well as oily, dry, thin and fine locks. The products are packed with natural ingredients such as panthenol, shea butter and ginger root extract. Free of sulphates and parabens. And cruelty-free and vegan. 350ml | R180 per bottle of shampoo or conditioner
Curls in Bloom Deep Penetrating Treatment
Coconut oil is the main ingredient here and sees this luscious treatment not only smell good but also replenishes moisture and deeply nourishes the hair from root to tip. 250ml | R129.95
Umberto Giannini Banana Butter Superfood Conditioner
This Banana Butter is formulated to specifically nourish and restore shine and improve manageability for dry, frizzy and textured hair. It is packed with natural oils and vitamins and has a delicious fruity fragrance. The Banana Extract ingredient is rich in potassium, vitamins A, B and C, and the addition of Coconut Oil is rich in antioxidants and vitamin E. 250ml | R170
Roots Double Effect® Intensive Spray Treatment
This highly concentrated leave-in spray rejuvenates and fortifies hair and scalp. It strengthens and nourishes thinning hair to help reduce hair loss in men and women. Paraben, sulphate, silicone-free. Cruelty-free, vegan friendly. 50ml | R189.95