Winter is Coming: Prepare Your Hair
It is now November, the great chill is on the way. Don’t forget your hair feels the cold too! Protecting you hair with an effective winter hair care routine in these colder months is important.
Winter can be one of the most vicious times for your tresses. Heating, fires and all the devices you turn on as soon as it hits November, steal all the moisture from your lovely locks causing split ends, dandruff and flyaways. This dryness can lead to damage which is the last thing you want this coming season.
This calls for an update in your hair care regime, so you can give your hair that much need TLC in it’s time of need!
We have collated some top tips to ensure your not stuck with a bad hair day that lasts the entirety of the winter months.
Winter Hair Care Routine
Review Your Shampoo and Conditioner
Proper hair care begins with the basics, so you should take a look at which shampoos and conditioners you’re using – and identify whether they’re best suited to your hair type. The right shampoo and conditioner will make your hair healthier, and make it easier to style and maintain too.
The last thing you want is your hair feeling dry and brittle. Try look for shampoos that contain nourishing natural oils to penetrate proteins deep inside the hair shaft. These moisture-rich formulas will repair and replenish your thirsty tresses!
We recommend the Kérastase Resistance Bain Extentioniste as it targets weakened and brittle strands, whilst the silky formula helps to rebuild the hair’s internal structure
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Increase the moisture
Use a deep moisturising mask at least once a week to replenish your hair. We recommend the Kérastase Nutritive Masquintense to treat thirsty, dehydrated hair. This rich ultra-hydrating hair mask delivers lustrous, healthy locks in just 10 minutes!
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Lower the Temperature
Yes, steaming hot baths and showers are tempting – especially this season – but they’re not what’s best for your hair. Washing your hair in water that’s too hot can strip away oil from the scalp, which leaves hair dry and prone to breakage. End your showers with a cold rinse to smooth down the cuticles; this will keep your hair looking shiny all season long.
Embrace Your Natural Texture
Switching up your style is fun, but it’s important to give your hair a break every now and then. Hot styling tools like straighteners and curling tongs are fine to use on occasion, but not every day (the same goes for your hairdryer). Prevent your hair from becoming dry and damaged by going heat-free a for few days each week.
Protect Your Hair
If you can’t resist a hot styling tool, heat protectant should be your best friend. Much like the layers of clothing you put on to protect you from the cold. Use this same logic with your hair! . Thermal protection sprays limit the damage by creating a protective shield over the hair cuticles (i.e. the outermost part of the hair shaft). Heat protectants hydrate and even seal in moisture too, so you’ll be left with bouncier, healthier-looking hair after blow drying.
Look After Your Scalp
When we talk about hair care, people typically forget about the scalp. A healthy scalp is essential if you want strong and healthy hair, so this year, make a point of looking after yours! Gently cleanse your scalp with a clarifying shampoo to get rid of any build-up and bacteria. And if your scalp is feeling dry and itchy, we recommend Fusio-Scrub it gives you a regenerative experience, it deep cleanses your scalp and hair from particles and sebum.
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Treat Your Hair from Within
To achieve truly healthy hair, you need to make sure you’re eating a nutrient-rich diet packed with fruit and veg. You should also stay properly hydrated by drinking the recommended 2 litres of water every day. Studies have shown that proper nutrition is instrumental in the production of healthy hair. Conversely, nutritional deficiencies can contribute to hair loss. Your healthy hair diet should include:
-Protein-rich foods = vitamin biotin, which is essential for the production of keratin.
-B vitamins help to give hair strength – flexibility and shine.
-Vitamin A is essential for healthy cell growth.
-Iron helps red blood cells to carry oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body. Your hair follicles and roots depend on this nutrient-rich blood supply to function properly.
-Vitamin C aids the absorption of iron. It’s also used to produce collagen, the connective tissue that’s found within hair follicles.
Get the Right Cut and Colour
Sometimes, you’ve just got to leave it to the professionals. If you’ve been known to give yourself a quick trim or experiment with a few DIY dye kits, now’s the time to redeem yourself by booking an appointment with your stylist. They’re the ones who’ll be able to identify how healthy your hair is now – and tend to it accordingly! Your BFF’s may be great in a crisis, but they’re not the ones to call if you fancy bleaching your hair or getting a few layers chopped in.
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Book an appointment at your nearest Rush salon to prepare your hair for the cold months!