Give your tresses the star treat­ment this win­ter

Win­ner of TV’s Great Bri­tish Hair­dresser on the hottest trends

Belfast Telegraph - Weekend - - FASHION / BEAUTY - KerisWeir

The cold win­ter days com­bined with dry in­door heat can wreak havoc with your hair. While most of us will have kept our hair pro­tected against sun dam­age dur­ing the sum­mer, it can be just as big a bat­tle to pre­vent our hair from dry­ing out in the win­ter months too.

Split ends and break­age can hap­pen to all hair types dur­ing the colder months, which is why we all need to take ex­tra care to keep our hair, and our bod­ies, hy­drated.

Hair loss at this time of the year is a com­mon con­cern.

We all lose around 100 hairs a day, but dur­ing a shed­ding pe­riod this can rise to be­tween 200 and 300 a day.

Dur­ing the win­ter months in par­tic­u­lar I would have a lot of clients ex­press­ing con­cern about the hairs left be­hind in their hair­brushes and show­ers.

In most cases it is noth­ing to worry about, but if it con­tin­ues af­ter four weeks you should con­sult your doc­tor.

In­creased hair loss at this time of the year is down to at­mo­spheric change and de­hy­dra­tion.

Us­ing a good hy­drat­ing sham­poo and con­di­tioner through­out the win­ter months will help nour­ish the hair, but you should also en­sure you keep hy­drated within.

We all know that drink­ing plenty of wa­ter keeps our skin look­ing healthy, but it will also help to com­bat dry­ness in the hair and scalp.

The scalp is where the hair fol­li­cle lives, so it is very im­por­tant to keep it from dry­ing out.

A dry scalp, which can be caused by a lack of mois­ture in the air, can lead to dan­druff and, in some cases, itch­i­ness and hair loss.

A sim­ple way to pre­vent this is to mas­sage a small amount of or­ganic co­conut oil into the scalp be­fore sham­poo­ing and leave for around 20 min­utes. You can also cover the whole hair with the oil and pop your hair into a shower cap for a sim­ple and cheap DIY home hy­dra­tion treat­ment. If you re­peat this once every three weeks it should keep both your hair and scalp pro­tected from dry­ing out. You can also care for your hair dur­ing the win­ter with a good sup­ple­ment. There are so many sup­ple­ments specif­i­cally for hair and nails on the mar­ket, but I have found that a good mul­ti­vi­ta­min will help keep you for­ti­fied from the in­side out. Your hair fol­li­cles feed off your blood sup­ply and can be af­fected by an­tibi­otics and other medicines more com­monly pre­scribed dur­ing the win­ter months. Again, a good mul­ti­vi­ta­min should help com­bat this. Fi­nally, if you are still con­cerned about the con­di­tion of your hair, talk to your lo­cal stylist, who will be able to rec­om­mend a good pro­fes­sional hy­drat­ing treat­ment.

÷ Keris Weir, MG Hair Bou­tique, 153e Union Street, Lur­gan, tel: 028 3832 5543

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