Wednesday 25 January 2017

Beauty | Winter Hair Recovery Tips

Winter has most definitely come and the cold temperatures and freezing fog have left my hair a little worse for wear. It tends to become frizzy, dry and horribly dull. Constantly going from hot temperatures to cold temperatures doesn't do my hair any favours so I've made it my mission to really embrace a winter hair recovery regime. Here are the tips which have really helped my hair survive the season in style.

Hair Oil

I've tried many hair oils and currently I'm using this Liz Earle beauty. Moroccan Oil was too heavy for my fine hair and felt a little greasy even once absorbed but this nourishing oil from Liz Earle is lightweight and brands itself as suitable for all hair types. I use a couple of pumps after every wash of my hair and apply from the mid length to the ends of my hair. The oil has a silky texture and doesn't leave my hair feeling or looking at all greasy as some oils can, instead it is smooth and soft to touch after I blow-dry my hair. 

Conditioning Masks

Within my hair routine I try and set aside some time each week to indulge in a hair masque/conditioning treatment as in summer the sun can dry out my hair and in winter it's the constant changing weather conditions. Normally I like to use coconut oil but at the moment I am loving this John Frieda Frizz Ease Deep Conditioner as my hair just seems to look like a hair ball as soon as I step outside without it. The great thing about this conditioner too is that it only takes less than 10 minutes to do compared to some other treatments which can be 30-60 minutes.

Reduced Styling

Maybe an obvious one but I've cut down how much styling and heat I am applying to my hair. Where possible I'm going sans straighteners and embracing my au-natural hair in it's messy, wavy partly straight glory. When I do have to style my hair I'm using these gorgeous GHD's with the latest hair protecting technology and I'm looking to invest in a new Dyson hairdryer soon to aid this.

Washing Right

Maybe it's just me but up until recently I think I was washing my hair totally wrong. The theory seemed simple, shampoo, lather, rinse, conditioner, lather, rinse. Oh how I was wrong. Since changing how I'm washing my hair I've already noticed a big difference. So what is the right way I hear you ask, i'll tell you now. The error I was making was applying the shampoo and conditioner to my entire head each time. A friend recently told me she only lathers her scalp with shampoo where it gets greasy and needs it, and similarly only conditions the ends leaving the scalp with more volume without stripping too many of the natural oils. Well what can I say.... hair washing revolution at twenty five. She also pointed out that I shouldn't be washing my hair at the high scalding temperature I do either it should be a lukewarm water to avoid drying out the hair further. For extra frizz-free shine the water should be lukewarm for a lather and then cold to rinse to close the hair cuticles.

How does winter affect your hair and how do you combat it? I'd love to know if you do or try any of these tips as they work so brilliantly for me.

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