Winter hair care
British seasons can take their toll on your hair, especially as the weather drops below zero in the winter. Cold wind and frost can leave your hair feeling dry, brittle and damaged, and with a season of festive parties ahead, now’s the time we all need to look our best. Here are our top winter hair care tips to keep you looking fabulous well into the New Year…
Wash your hair less – It may sound crazy, but washing your hair fewer times per week can actually make your hair feel healthier during winter. Every time you wash your hair, you strip away natural oils and moisturisers. Hair can often appear dry during winter, and so now is the time you need those oils most. Try cutting it down to once or twice a week, and see if you notice a difference.
Oils, oils, oils! – There are so many great oil products available right now to help restore the natural balance of your hair and leave it looking silky and smooth. Try massaging some oil into the scalp – be it Argan oil or olive oil (yes – really!) – before washing out with shampoo a couple of hours later to condition and nourish the scalp.
Turn the temperature down – Now, we’re not saying take cold showers, but turning down the temperature of the water from steaming hot to warm can prevent damage to both your hair and your skin. Extreme water temperatures can damage your hair, especially when coming in from the freezing temperatures outside.
Dry naturally – Wherever possible, letting your hair dry naturally is much better than using heat. If your hair is prone to dryness in winter, avoiding high temperature tools such as straighteners and curling wands is advised, as they only dry out the hair more. However, it is important not to go out in winter with wet hair, as this can actually cause the hair to freeze and snap! If you’re in a rush, use a leave-in conditioner before blow-drying.
Try out the Topstyler – If you just can’t bear not to sport your trademark curls this Christmas, why not ask Santa for the Topstyler? Far more gentle than curling irons or wands, the Topstyler encases your hair in heated shells, cooling down naturally, leaving you with beautiful curls with less of the damage.
Watch what you put on your hair – Products with high alcohol levels can leave your hair feeling brittle and dry – consider investing in some salon quality products for a touch of luxury this winter.
Have a trim – Trimming the ends of your hair keeps it looking healthy. You may also consider getting a more simple, easy-to-manage cut in winter. The less fuss you need to make over your hair daily, the less split ends and breakages you will end up with. Keep your haircut short and simple, and maintain a healthy, shiny look for longer.
If you want a ‘new do’ for Christmas, or just want a professional styling for a festive party, why not book in with Peter Marcus? We’re a top Manchester salon, who welcome male and female clients. Check out our Christmas news post for information on our extra opening times during December. Feel free to give us a ring on 0161 834 1422 or call into the salon on Peter Street, Manchester. You can also contact us via our website.