Whenever temperatures drop or rise, the change of season always has an impact on our hair. Just like humidity plays havoc, blustery breezes can leave strands in a struggling state. And then there are the factors you may not even think about - like woolly hats and scarves triggering breakage, frizz and static.
To help you through the next few months, BD has put together a guide for caring for hair in winter, because a few tweaks here and there can make all the difference.
A dry, flaky scalp
It all starts with the scalp. Between cold weather and indoor heating, the scalp gets zapped of all moisture, often leading to a dry, flaky situation - and unpleasant itching! These gentle cleansing formulas will help the scalp get back on track.
Daily Naturals All Clear Anti-Dandruff Shampoo and Conditioner - This moisturising shampoo and conditioner is formulated to eliminate flakiness, dryness and irritation. It contains Moroccan argan oil for moisture and aloe vera to soothe, both providing long-lasting relief.
Head & Shoulders Supreme 0% Purify & Volume Shampoo and Conditioner - This new range from Head & Shoulders contains advanced anti-dandruff technology with no added parabens, silicones or colourants. Supreme 0% taps into the efficacy of piroctone olamine, to target dryness and irritation and promote quality hair growth. The heavenly scented formula is also enriched with vitamins A and E and antioxidants thanks to the addition of argan oil, which boosts softness and shine without greasiness.
Klorane Scalp Detox Shampoo and Conditioner with Aquatic Mint - This new range from Klorane deeply cleanses and eliminates impurities from the hair and scalp. Formulated with purifying, organic aquatic mint extract, this clarifying range is clinically proven to detoxify hair from particle pollution and environmental residue.
Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Shampoo - This shampoo from Viviscal gently cleanses the hair and scalp, helping locks to look fuller and thicker. The Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying collection contains Ana:Tel™, a proprietary complex that includes clinically tested ingredients derived from natural sources, such as pea sprouts and grape seeds.
While we can rock a heat-free style no problem during summer, we often rely on tools more so in winter, when the last thing we feel like doing is going to bed with wet hair. But excessive heat exasperates winter dryness - as well as the harsh temperature drop, which means it’s vital to use more hydrating products during the colder months.
Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Shampoo and Conditioner - This range has been specifically formulated to lock in moisture and keep fly aways at bay. The moisture-rich formula leaves hair soft, smooth and moisturised, with a delicious creamy vanilla and coconut scent.
Davroe Moisture Senses Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner - This moisture-rich range nourishes dry, damaged hair. The thick texture saturates every strand with plant-derived oils to deliver essential moisturising properties without weighing hair down. Grapeseed oil, olive leaf oil and wheat amino acids nourish the hair to soften and quench thirsty hair, delivering shine and vivacity to even the most thick, unruly hair.
Fat Muk Volumising Conditioner - This addition from muk haircare provides weightless conditioning to give volume and shine whilst thickening and strengthening hair. Key ingredients include protein and panthenol to expand and nourish the hair shaft and infuse fine, limp hair with body and life. Suitable for all hair types including dry, chemically treated and damaged hair, this conditioner has a fresh alpine mist fragrance.
Kérastase Paris Densifique Masque Densite Absolu - This leave-in hair mask helps to restore moisture to hair while leaving it feeling light and smooth. The mask has been formulated with stemoxydine which mimics the stem cells in the hair, allowing to them to awaken dormant follicles. It also contains hyaluronic acid to help lock in moisture and provide resilience and plumpness to the hair.
Hair Recipe Honey & Apricot Moisture Mask - This mask nurtures hair with a conditioning dose of moisture, leaving your locks smelling of honey and apricot. The rich, creamy texture penetrates deeply for smooth and touchable hair. It is free from parabens, gluten and mineral oil.
Static and breakage
An annoying side effect of dryness is fine, lifted strands of hair and the added risk of breakage. The best way to combat this problem is targeting static at its source, by loading the hair with the hydration necessary to fight frizz and static. To ensure strands stay protected out in the elements, use an anti-static crème or spray – the added moisture will eliminate the electric charge that causes static.
Wella Professionals Invigo Nutri-Enrich Nourishing Anti-Static Spray - This spray nourishes, smoothens and controls static for hair full of vitality. Formulated with Nutri-Enrich-Blend™: Oleic acid and panthenol for moisturisation and nourishment, vitamin E to protect hair from further stress, and goji berry which is known to be extremely rich in vitamins, minerals and peptides.
Toppik Fibrehold Spray - This hair treatment spray strengthens the bond between Toppik Hairbuilding Fibres and existing hair to produce longer lasting results. It also protection against wind, rain and perspiration.
De Lorenzo Instant Allevi8 Conditioner - This conditioner smoothes and calms frizzy hair, building its strength. Contains key ingredients of avocado, aloe vera extracts, sunflower oil, Kakadu plum, cactus flower, yucca, cucumber and anti-static properties.
Another way to stop static and breakage is by using the correct tools.
Lady Jayne The Premium Brush - This brush helps carry the scalp's natural oils and redistribute through the hair to condition and moisturise. This not only helps reduce oil build up on the scalp, loosening dead skin and dandruff but also helps prevent general frizz and static for an overall even, smooth and shiny look. The combination of 100 per cent pure boar bristles and soft nylon allows the brush to glide through hair easily and comfortably to achieve a luxurious soft feel, helping to prevent minimal breakage to hair.
VS Sassoon Digital Sensor Hot Air Styler - This air styler has a quiet motorised spinning brush and optimised sensor controlled airflow for easy one-hand styling. Smart hair protection technology helps reduce hair damage and dullness, while even flow technology helps guarantee powerful airflow and ionic conditioning technology to eliminate static and tame frizz. The styler features three ceramic styling attachments, including 50mm bi-directional anti-static rotating brush (ideal for longer hair), 40mm bi-directional anti-static rotating brush (ideal for shorter hair) and a 3D styling paddle brush (ideal for smoothing with volume and natural drying).
Scunci Hair Accessories Comb Prepare Detangling - This comb detangles hair when damp. It is particularly effective on long, thick hair. The comb features widely-spaced, ball-tipped teeth that are comfortable on the scalp and glide through hair, minimising breakage.
TONI&GUY Bamboo Brush Collection Paddle Brush - This brush has been designed with 70 per cent less plastic than similar brushes. Ball-ended anti-static nylon pins are set into an air-cushioned pad to penetrate, smooth and straighten the hair, as well as to detangle wet or dry hair gently while ensuring snag-free brushing. It is 100 per cent biodegradable, 100 per cent recyclable, vegan friendly, cruelty-free and made from sustainable bamboo.