Has your hair suddenly became dry and unmanageable in the cooler weather?
The answer is probably a firm yes and it's not suprising really when you think about what our hair has to battle in winter. Dry air and getting blasted with a hairdryer are just a couple of things our hair has to overcome when winter arrives.
Luckily it's not all bad news, three experts put their heads together to come up with some tips on we can nurture our locks during the cold snap.
Rob Smith, Dyson Senior Principal Scientist
"Hair is pretty robust, but during the winter the movement between the cold outdoors and the heated inside means that hair is constantly trying to get back to equilibrium. Water from the air will be absorbing into and desorbing out of hair as the humidity changes and this can really affect your style and style retention, increasing the likelihood of frizz and fly-aways.
"Thermally damaged hair actually takes longer to get to this equilibrium, meaning that water is moving into and out of the hair for longer, keeping it in constant flux. To combat this, it’s important to invest in a quality hair dryer and styling tools that minimise exposure to or ideally don’t reach extreme temperatures. With the Dyson Airwrap™ styler, you can dry and style hair at the same time, helping you save time and create a range of looks while avoiding unnecessary extreme heat damage to your hair."
Simone Lee, Trichologist, Educator and Creative Director:
"If you have a dry scalp this may flare up during winter due to the dry air so consider the following:
- Wear a hat to protect your hair from the outside elements.
- Apply a good quality thermal protector to your hair before blow drying and lubricate your scalp with a hydrating oil. Like a sunscreen provides a protective barrier to the skin from UV, thermal protectors work by forming a film over the hair to reduce damage from hot styling tools and climate such as wind and UV.
- Pay attention to how much water you’re drinking. Like all cells in your body need water to function so do the skin cells of your scalp for optimum health. Lack of appropriate hydration is one of the main causes of skin complaints."
Jayne Wild, Dyson Styling Ambassador:
"We must really look after our hair in winter, for instance never leave the house with wet/damp hair as the bonds of the hair are disrupted by water, so are still very weak and very easily damaged.
"Another big no-no is never tie your hair back wet as the band you use will fracture the hair. I also say to never brush the hair while wet, use a large tooth comb to smooth it out."