The lack of light dur­ing cooler months can make hair ap­pear dull, so it’s time to fo­cus on pro­tect­ing your nat­u­ral shine

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Hair -

Win­ter is a tough time for hair. Af­ter months of ex­po­sure to sum­mer salt and sun, the cold weather ar­rives and we’re left with dreary days and lack­lus­tre strands – the ul­ti­mate com­bi­na­tion for drab-look­ing hair. Don’t stock up on bean­ies for ev­ery day of the week just yet. There is a so­lu­tion.

To find out how to make win­ter hair ap­pear as glossy as pos­si­ble, we turned to Dyson, which in­vested $94 mil­lion to an­a­lyse hair over four years. It found dull hair can be caused by dam­aged strands scat­ter­ing, rather than re­flect­ing light. Fur­ther­more, it was found that a lead­ing cause of dam­age is ex­po­sure to ex­treme heat, which causes pores to form within the strands. When light hits these pores, it dif­fuses in all di­rec­tions, re­duc­ing re­flected light.

Univer­sity of Mel­bourne Pro­fes­sor of Der­ma­tol­ogy Rod­ney Sin­clair de­tails the sci­ence be­hind the find­ings. “Ex­treme heat can ir­re­versibly dam­age the hy­dro­gen bonds within the in­ner core of the hair [the hair cor­tex]. Hy­dro­gen bonds cross-link the keratin fil­a­ments in the hair cor­tex and are re­spon­si­ble for pro­vid­ing hair with strength and elas­tic­ity. Hair dam­age by ex­treme tem­per­a­tures re­duces elas­tic­ity and causes break­age that can re­sult in brit­tle hair, which snaps eas­ily when brush­ing and ap­pears life­less and hard to style.”

So to pro­tect the lus­trous ap­pear­ance of your hair, you need to avoid dam­age in the first place. One of the best ways to do this is to choose the cor­rect styling tools. The Dyson Su­per­sonic hair dryer is unique be­cause it uses in­tel­li­gent heat con­trol. The exit air­flow tem­per­a­ture is mea­sured 20 times ev­ery sec­ond, and by keep­ing the tem­per­a­ture be­low 150°C, it pro­tects your hair from ex­treme heat dam­age. As your glis­ten­ing strands will at­test, this level of pro­tec­tion re­ally pays off, es­pe­cially in the low-light months of win­ter.

THE HEAT IS OFF For healthy-look­ing hair, it’s vi­tal to pro­tect the cor­tex of strands from ex­po­sure to ex­treme heat. Choose your heat-styling tools wisely to see the dif­fer­ence.

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