Winter in Canberra can be harsh, not just for the skin, but for our hair as well. As the temperature drops, our hair often ends up bearing the brunt of the icy winds and dry indoor heat, leaving it devoid of moisture and prone to breakage. Fear not! At Canberra Hair Extensions in Dickson, we understand the seasonal struggle.
We’re here to guide you through the ultimate winter haircare to-do list to ensure your locks stay hydrated and luscious, no matter the weather.
Embrace the power of hydration
One of the most important winter hair care tips is to maintain the moisture levels in your hair. The icy cold air outside and the dry indoor heating can sap the natural moisture from your hair, leading to dry, brittle strands and an unruly, frizzy mane.
To combat this, make hydration your mantra. Invest in high-quality, moisturising hair care products, such as the Hydrate Me range by Kevin Murphy, that work wonders in keeping your hair hydrated. The Hydrate Me range contains a moisturising shampoo, conditioner, hair masque and leave-in treatment, making it the ‘must-have’ winter haircare collection. In general, you want to look for products that contain natural oils and moisture-rich ingredients that feed dry hair and protect it from the harsh winter elements.
Treat your hair to deep conditioning sessions
Take your hydration game a step further this winter by incorporating a deep conditioning mask into your weekly routine. A hydrating hair mask can provide an intensive moisture boost and restore the shine and softness of your hair.
To use a masque effectively, shampoo your hair as usual, then generously apply the masque to damp hair, focusing on the mid-lengths and ends. Massage it in and leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes to allow the hydrating ingredients to penetrate deeply. Rinse thoroughly, and you’ll immediately notice softer, shinier, and more manageable hair.
Rethink your hair washing routine
While it might be tempting to jump into a steaming hot shower and wash your hair every day, winter is the perfect time to reconsider frequent hair washes. Frequent washing, especially with hot water, can strip the natural oils from your hair, leaving it even more dry and susceptible to damage.
By reducing the frequency of hair washing, you allow your scalp’s natural oils to nourish and protect your strands, keeping your hair hydrated during the dry winter months. When you do wash your hair, ensure you use a gentle shampoo for dry or damaged hair and follow it up with a hydrating conditioner. Aim to wash your hair only two to three times per week and use lukewarm water to prevent moisture loss.
Don't skip the leave-in treatment
For those seeking additional winter safeguarding and hydration for their hair, a leave-in treatment can be an excellent choice. Applying it to damp hair without rinsing can maximise its effectiveness. Distribute a small quantity of the treatment throughout your hair, giving special attention to the mid-lengths and ends. These areas are more prone to damage and dryness and can greatly benefit from the extra hydration.
Using a leave-in treatment adds an extra layer of moisture to your hair, which works to combat common winter hair problems like dryness, frizz, and static. This extra hydration not only makes your hair soft and smooth, but also facilitates easier styling. Depending on your natural hair texture and type, consider using this treatment once or twice a week. Regular use can help keep your hair healthy and boost its manageability, but as with all hair products, avoid overuse to prevent product buildup and maintain the natural balance of your hair.
Reduce your usage of heat styling tools
Heat styling tools such as straighteners, curling irons, and hair dryers can cause notable damage to your hair, an effect that intensifies during the winter months. During this season, hair is often at its most vulnerable because of harsh weather conditions and dry indoor heating. So, reducing the usage of these tools can go a long way in preserving your hair’s health and strength. It’s beneficial to embrace your hair’s natural texture during the colder months to help minimise the amount of heat exposure your hair undergoes.
However, if using heat styling tools is inevitable, taking certain precautions can limit the potential harm. Always use a heat-protectant product before applying any heat to your hair. These products form a protective barrier on the hair shaft that helps to minimise heat-induced damage. Additionally, it’s advisable to keep the temperature of the tools as low as possible. Lower temperatures, while still providing some styling capability, tend to cause less harm than higher ones.
Regular trims are essential
Maintaining regular trims is an essential aspect of a comprehensive hair care regimen. Particularly in the harsh winter months, frequent trims can greatly contribute to the overall health of your hair. The process of trimming works by eliminating the split ends that, if left untreated, can lead to further damage and breakage. This aspect of hair care can aid in keeping your hair strong and resilient even when faced with unfavourable weather conditions.
For optimal results, aim to have your hair trimmed every six to eight weeks. By consistently keeping your ends fresh, you’re taking a significant step towards maintaining the health, vitality, and beauty of your hair, regardless of the season.
Show your hair some winter love at Canberra Hair Extensions
Sometimes, despite our best efforts, our hair needs a little professional love. That’s where we come in. At Canberra Hair Extensions, we offer a range of treatments and services to nourish and revive your hair during the winter months. From customised treatments to top-quality haircuts and professional advice, our Dickson hair salon has everything you need to maintain luscious locks this winter.
Ready to give your hair the winter care it deserves? Book an appointment with us today and embark on your journey towards hydrated, healthy, and happy hair this winter and always.