My Hair Is Stressed
Scarves are giving us hair grief. Yep, that’s right, we may love a cosy knitted scarf and hat, but our hair really doesn’t.
winter’s worst enemy
the material from our protective outerwear causes static, which weakens locks and leaves them prone to breakage.
Protect it with: Nexxus Nutritive Restoring Masque, £27. enriched with a caviar complex and elastin proteins, it acts like a coat of armour for your hair, deeply rehydrating it, binding moisture within and reinforcing its strength.
rescue overcoloured ends
Constant dye puts your hair under stress, leaving it weak and worn out, so try to colour your locks in a gentler way.
Protect it with: Bumble & Bumble’s Color Sticks, £23. these clever crayons conceal your roots without damage. they blend in with the texture of your hair rather than just sitting on top. and the colour lasts until your next wash.
buy posh pillows
the higher the thread count in your cotton pillowcases, the more fibres are packed into the fabric’s construction, making it stiff and thick. this is bad news for your hair, as tossing and turning causes major friction. Invest in a silk pillowcase and pamper your hair with a treatment oil or cream once a week.
Protect it with: Percy & Reed’s Wonder Treatment Oil, £25, to rebuild hair structure. It contains a talented trio of oils – camellia seed oil, macadamia seed oil and carrot seed oil – that penetrate the scalp and hair to reinforce bounce and strength.
fit chicks tune in!
If your new year health kick involves sweaty spinning classes or bikram yoga, you’ll need to wash your hair quite often, in which case it’s a good idea to rethink your shampoo.
Protect it with: L’oréal Elvive Colour Protect Low Shampoo, £6.99. It’s sulphate-free and creates zero foam, making it ideal for weakened hair. the cream cushions strands as it cleanses, creating minimal friction and breakage.
stop losing hair
research has found that in winter we shed a whopping 10 per cent of our hair. stop tangles in their tracks and let your hairbrush run free through wet, vulnerable strands with this clever new product.
Protect it with: Toni & Guy Smooth Definition Mask, £6.49. It contains conditioning agents that surround the hair fibres and act like mini flood defences to hold water around each strand. the water then cushions each hair, forcing them apart, protecting them from friction and preventing knots when you rinse. genius!
hairstyles ruining your hair
‘extensions and weaves can be a big stress factor for hair,’ reveals stylist neil Moodie. ‘everyday usage often leaves your roots broken and brittle, which sometimes causes traction alopecia. super-tight ponytails and braids can also traumatise the follicle.’
Protect it with: supplement your diet with Viviscal, £51.95, to encourage hair growth, as well as taking your hair on a bootcamp-like break, free from braids and extensions. weekly scalp massages will also stimulate growth. also try Windle And Moodie Essential Oils Elixir, £29.