Sunday, 16 November 2014

3 ways to avoid dry hair this winter

The winter season sucks out moisture from even the most luscious strands and sometimes you have to do a little extra to keep your tresses hydrated. Here's how I'll be avoiding dry hair this winter.

Hot Oil Treatment
Never underestimate the power of a hot oil treatment as it's the easiest way to inject some life into winter-beaten strands. There's a plethora of hot oil treatments available on the market like V05 Nourish My Shine Hot Oil or Palmers Olive Oil Formula Hot Oil Treatment but I prefer to make my own using natural oils. I like using Coconut Oil most, and usually warm it up in a bowl of hot water or stick it in the microwave for a few seconds (I have a video on how I do my hot oil treatments on my YouTube channel here). Recently I've been doing a hot oil treatment on my hair on every other wash day which has helped massively with dryness. It's also made detangling my coily roots a breeze!

Deep conditioner 
I can't ever write a haircare post about dryness and not state the importance of using a deep conditioner regularly. Since I started using an intensive treatment on every wash my hair has been transformed from dry and dull to smooth and silky so I couldn't recommend it enough. I don't think using specific brands matter as long as you pick something which is a good match for your hair type. When looking for a good deep conditioner ensure it is an intensive treatment and not just a regular conditioner (a deep conditioner will need to be left on the hair for anywhere between 5 and 30 minutes). Also look for quality ingredients, which will help specifically with parched strands, like humectants and natural oils. To increase the effectiveness of your deep conditioner, use with a plastic cap, hooded dryer or steamer.

Protective Styling
Prevention is better than cure right? Shield your hair from the wintery atmosphere as much as possible to prevent your hair getting dry and brittle in the first place. My go-to protective styles are buns and plaits but wigs, weaves, extensions, braids and twists all keep the hair tucked in and away from the elements. You can also wear silk-lined hats and scarves for added protection.

How will you be preventing dry hair this season?

Lesley x