A GUIDE TO WIN­TER HAIR

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Car­ing for hair against the dam­ag­ing ef­fects of the sun is rou­tine th­ese days – UV fil­ters to pro­tect from fad­ing, and re­plen­ish­ing masks to com­bat de­hy­dra­tion. But what of win­ter? As the weather gets colder we will turn up the heat­ing, en­dure more rain and windy days, and prob­a­bly make less of an ef­fort to keep our hair strong and healthy. A few sim­ple tweaks of our beauty rou­tines now, how­ever, will give us a bet­ter bar­net what­ever the tem­per­a­ture.

De­hy­dra­tion is the big­gest con­cern. Cen­tral heat­ing and air con­di­tion­ing are both equally dry­ing. For curly hair this can cause frizz and coarse­ness, in fine hair it in­creases static and fly­away stands.

To com­bat de­hy­dra­tion, there are sev­eral steps we can take. If your reg­u­lar sham­poo/con­di­tioner is per­form­ing well, stick with it. If not, get a duo that of­fers more hy­dra­tion. Kiehl’s dam­age re­pair­ing and re­hy­drat­ing range con­tains in­gre­di­ents you find in skin care like hyaluronic acid and moringa oil. Prices start at €18 for sham­poo.

All hair types ben­e­fit from reg­u­lar deep treat­ing masques, par­tic­u­larly in the colder months. Shorter hair can be treated once a fort­night to help re­pair and re­in­force the hair lengths. L’Oreal Pro­fes­sionel Ab­so­lut Re­pair Li­pid­ium Masque is the per­fect win­ter masque, pro­tect­ing against bad weather, dam­age and de­hy­dra­tion, €16.80 in se­lect sa­lons.

If you are re­ally prone to static, spritz a hair­brush with a lit­tle hair­spray and run through the hair half­way through blow dry­ing to re­duce the static fast. Also, check your brush type, plas­tic bris­tles ap­par­ently cause more elec­tric­ity in the hair, choose nat­u­ral bris­tles if pos­si­ble with a wooden han­dle.

For fly­aways and parched ends, skip the sil­i­con­based styling prod­ucts in favour of nat­u­ral oil-based treat­ments. Sil­i­con is great for coat­ing the hair and smooth­ing frizzi­ness but that’s about it – nat­u­ral oils can ben­e­fit the hair in the long term by build­ing on the hair strength. Look for Ar­gan or co­conut as the base oils. Sch­warzkopf BC Mir­a­cle Bar­bary Fig and Ker­atin Restora­tive Treat­ment is a blend of weight­less oils and mi­cro-ker­atin mol­e­cules that re­vives lack­lus­tre locks, € 22.95, sa­lons only. With sim­ple steps your crown­ing glory will look great through­out win­ter, but on those re­ally cold days invest in a hat and keep those locks un­der wraps.

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