Winter is coming… so get your strands ready with our cold weather survival guide
From chilly days to frequent downpours and the daily donning of hats, during autumn and winter our hair goes through A LOT. While the British weather may be very unpredictable, we’ve got the lowdown from Eleanor Tomlinson’s go-to hairdresser – Katie Hale, on how you can help protect your tresses from almost anything life throws at you..
Perfect your product stash
When it comes to which products you should be using, Katie says oils are the way to go, especially for those who have coloured locks. “Cold weather will dry your hair out, and will also make it static. For finer hair there are oil mists, such as the Kérastase Elixir Ultime Fine Hair Oil Mist, that won’t weigh your hair down but will keep it moisturised during the winter days. For medium or thick hair, my top tip is to add a small amount to a leave-in conditioner, or apply straight to the hair. “
Aside from adding an oil, you should also consider adding an extra treatment, such as Olaplex No3, which will help to maintain strong, healthy hair in-between salon visits. Katie also advices investing in a clarifying shampoo to remove any product build up caused from layering dry shampoo or hairspray. “Regular use of deep cleansing shampoo will result in happier, healthy hair which will increase growth and help reduce scalp irritation. Trust me, your hair will thank you for it!”
Master your weekly routine
After time spent outside braving the elements it’s always tempting to turn on the taps for a hot shower, but according to Katie this is the ultimate no-no during the winter months. “Always lower your water temperature when you wash your hair at this time of year. We tend to scald ourselves when we get in from the cold, but this is not good news for your hair, especially when it’s feeling dry,” she explains. Though there’s nothing better than enjoying a pamper evening, it’s also important not to overdo it with your strands. “Don’t forget to change up your hair washing routine. Wash it less than you would in other seasons, as it’s important not to wash out the natural oils in the hair that protect it through the colder months,” says Katie.
If you’re starting from scratch when building a routine, Katie suggests booking a consultation at your local salon to ensure you select the best products for your hair type. “I would highly recommend seeking professional advice, as you could potentially do more harm than good if using the incorrect products,” she says. “Explain when booking that you would like a bespoke homecare package that will be personalised to you, and speak to an ambassador for the product range, as they will be able to give you the best recommendations.”
A touch of silk
With dry strands comes hair which is more prone to breakage, so it’s important to be extra gentle with your hair during winter. Katie says: “Try not to tie the hair back in the same top knot or tight ponytail every day, as this will cause breakage even more than if you were to use heat. If you do prefer to wear your hair worn up, tying it back with a silk or satin scrunchie is a must.” Similarly, when it comes to enjoying some beauty sleep it’s best to swap out your regular pillowcases for a silk alternative. “Static hair can be caused by the hair being near hats, scarves and high neck jumpers, and as we can’t avoid these in the winter, I would suggest sleeping on a silk pillowcase at night.”
Finally… Have some fun!
Aside from festive fun, the winter also brings an opportunity to switch up your look. “After the year we’ve all had, I think it’s time for us to have a change! Whatever colour or cut you’ve been admiring this season, now is the time to give it a go! Why not have a chat with your hairdresser and see what would work for you!”