Sunday, 16 November 2014

3 ways to avoid dry hair this winter

Sunday, 16 November 2014

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

18 comments :

  1. fab post! Nothing beats a deep conditioning hair mask :)

    Hannah xx
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    1. So true, I love how my hair feels after using one! Thank you Hannah x

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  2. Very informative post! I still have yet to implement hot oil treatments into my regimen regularly, I haven't had one in a year and some change but that might change this winter. I love protective styling and deep conditioning - those are my go-to's when it comes to taking care of my strands :)

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    1. Thank you! Glad to hear your go-to's are similar to mine :) x

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  3. I haven't done a hot oil treatment in weeks, thanks for the reminder!

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    1. It really is a life-saver when my hair is thirsty! x

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  4. great post..great advise

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  5. This is great tips - i need to try the hot oil treatment for sure!

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  6. Can you recommend some good deep conditioner hun? I am currently trying one from Pantene. I hope it works.

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    1. I love JOICO products personally and ORS do some great deep conditioners x

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  7. Aptly timed post. I'd been back in the tropics for a few years, where it's summer everyday, and humid too, so oils just weighed the hair down. I used light oils sparingly, and only to seal. Now that I'm back in multi season temperate climates, I need to reintroduce hair and oil. I already picked up Miracle 8 oil, (a real throwback) which was a staple in my regimen. Now, to determine its most beneficial proportions and uses as I learn this new weather pattern and it's effects on my hair.

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  8. Wigs and protective styling. The three items you mention are spot on! They definitely work.

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  9. Fabulous tips. My curls are definitely starting to dry out now and it's back to the buns. I've noticed some of my friends just feel I'm being boring with my hair even when I explain to them it's protective styling xo

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