Now that winter is over, you’re probably going to find that the cold weather has wreaked havoc on your hair. Your hair might be damaged, lifeless and full of split ends and breakages.
The cold weather might mean that we’re more likely to stay in a hot shower for longer or spend a bit of extra time in front of the hairdryer whilst drying our hair to keep us warm. These small steps are likely to have a strong impact on your luscious locks and unfortunately, cause some unwanted damage.
However, in this article, we’re going to give you a few great tips on improving the condition of your hair this spring after the winter months.
Have your hair trimmed regularly
Trimming off your hair regularly will not only get rid of those pesky split ends, but it will also refresh your hair and help hair regrowth.
Whilst it can damage your hair to have it cut very regularly and very rarely, it’s recommended to get your hair trimmed every eight weeks, although of course, this is dependant on the style and length of your hair.
For dry hair, hair treatments in the form of a hair mask can be a great way of replenishing and nourishing your dry and damaged hair. All hair masks will offer different benefits and purposes, but they all have the same purpose of deep-conditioning your hair at the outer cuticle.
Hair masks can be massaged into damp hair and left for around 15 minutes, although a great tip is to use a hair mask as a leave-in conditioner and you only really need a very small amount. This will not only leave your hair reaping the benefits of the nourishing mask, but it will also leave your hair smelling great all day!
Another hair treatment is NanoKeratin, which is a smoothing treatment used to care for your hair and reduce frizz, meaning you won’t need to regularly style it as often. It’s no wonder the NanoKeratin treatment is the UK’s leading smoothing product, as it offers a silky smooth blow-dry that lasts for up to 12 weeks. For best results, we recommend visiting a professional hair salon for the NanoKeratin hair treatment.
To add shine and hydrate your hair, you can add a couple of drops of argan oil to damp, freshly-washed hair. Rub around 2-5 drops (depending on the length and thickness of your hair) then massage into hands to warm up the oil, before applying to your hair.
Use moisturising shampoo and conditioner
Shampoo and conditioner are the bases of our hair care routine. It’s important to know which one is best for your hair type so it will benefit your hair. Feel free to mix things up and choose a different brand of conditioner to your shampoo.
Trial out new shampoo and conditioners from time to time to see what works best for you as there are millions of products out there and with your hair changing all the time throughout the summer and winter months.
Another tip is to shampoo twice, before using conditioner. The first shampoo will rid the dirt and unwanted oil from your hair to clean it, whilst the second go of shampoo will freshen your hair up. You’ll really notice the difference in how your hair lathers up!
Use warm water
Whilst it’s very tempting to crank up the temperature in colder months, very hot showers can really damage your hair and scalp. Hot water helps in getting rid of dirt and grease from your hair, although remember to not overdo it. Try and rinse your hair with warm (or cool water) to protect your hair and avoid damage.
A very obvious step is to avoid over-styling your hair. The heat from hairdryers, straighteners and curling irons can really dry out our scalp. Opt for the ‘au naturale’ look or try to limit the use of hair styling tools.
Use a heat protectant spray that offers up to 230°C heat defence which will leave your hair feeling smooth, soft and healthier.
Avoid using box dyes
Using home box dyes can dry out your hair and cause breakage if you overdo it by dying frequently. A huge problem with switching up your hair colour is the regular need to go over your roots.
Whilst we know how fun and exciting it is to change your colour completely, regular use of box dyes damage your strands by lifting the cuticle to alter the appearance of the hair.
Although, this doesn’t mean that having your hair recoloured at a salon will give the same effect, as the dye formula is more gentle and doesn’t over-process your hair.
A great way of changing your hair colour without the need for going over your roots regularly is to opt for a balayage, which is a low-maintenance technique that blends in lighter tones to your natural roots, with no need for recolouring. Balayage is perfect for introducing new subtle shades into your hair, without the drastic change. This is a great option if you’re looking to get your hair lighter ahead of summer!
For those with more oily hair who wash their hair on a daily basis, you’ll understand the strain of ‘second-day hair’ and how flat and greasy your hair appears. However over-washing your hair will strip your hair of natural oils that help keep your hair hydrated and healthy.
With winter drying out your scalp and hair, you’re going to want to wash your hair slightly less often than in warmer months. Try out different hairstyles that keep your hair out of your face, so you aren’t repeatedly pushing it away from your face or playing with it all day. Opt for a volumising dry shampoo to give your hair some extra oomph!
On your way to healthy and damage-free hair!
Now that you’re well on your way to achieving healthy and damage-free hair! Here are some hairstyles that we think you should try out.
Spring and summer in the UK are notorious for being the festival season. So why not take the time to practice your festival look now?
Have you ever tried hair space buns? These are great for a quirky festival look and are perfect for those that don’t enjoy wearing their hair up. With space buns, your bound to feel confident!
To enhance your festival look, why not try using bright, electric eyeshadow colours. A good eyeshadow palette is a must for the festival season and will help you to stand out from the crowd. Or maybe if you’re looking to sparkle, try using a glitter palette and sparkle throughout the day and night!
If you’re looking for something more simple, perhaps just try two french plaits or beach wavy curls. Both these hairstyles are effortless but will definitely have you feeling festival ready!
We hope these tips help keep your hair looking healthy all year long. Everyone has different hair types and it is important to work out a routine that works best for you!