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We can’t believe that winter is almost here (seriously, where has this year gone?) and that it’s that time of year to start thinking about protecting our hair from winter damage. The colder months can be quite harsh on our locks – you might find your hair feels dryer, experiences more frizz and starts to look a little dull. While all you want is luscious, hydrated locks, winter has other ideas! As the season changes, we want to bring you our top tips for combatting some of winter’s biggest hair problems.

Dry hair

Dry and dehydrated hair is one of the major problems that a lot of us experience as the weather gets colder. This is because the air becomes drier and strips your hair of moisture, leading to dry and brittle locks.

Fortunately, there are some things you can do to help! Applying a nourishing and hydrating hair mask once a week can give your locks a real boost of moisture. If you can, avoid using heat styling tools as they will only further dry your hair out. Ensure you are drinking plenty of water, as when your body is hydrated, your hair is too. 

Hat hair

Let’s face it – hat hair can be a real problem in winter! We love to rug up with cute beanies and warm hats but the results for our hair are often not so great. Hats rub against our hair and cause friction, ultimately leading to frizz. They can also flatten your hair and decrease volume. 

If you can opt for a silk-lined hat for winter, as they help to combat frizz. When you take your hat off, give your roots a quick revival by flipping your hair upside down or bringing a travel-sized bottle of dry shampoo with you (to add volume back to your locks!).

Itchy scalp

Unfortunately, with the cold weather comes the dreaded itchy and flaky scalp. The dry air tends to dehydrate our hair and can cause our scalps to become itchy. Using a scalp scrub can help to exfoliate and get rid of the dry flakes. Keeping your scalp hydrated with an oil or hair mask is also a great way to combat the irritation.

It’s all about bringing moisture back into the scalp and keeping it as hydrated as possible!

Split ends

Because of the dry air, the ends of our hair can become brittle, dehydrated and damaged. If you are combining the changes in the weather with excessive use of heat styling tools and chemical-filled hair products, the results on your ends are not going to be great.

Try to minimise the use of styling tools and always use a heat protectant when you do use them. If you find your ends are frayed and splitting, the best things you can do is book in for a trim. That way, you can keep your ends healthy and hydrated and in the best condition possible!