Contrary to popular belief, the winter months don’t have to wreak havoc on your healthy, glowing locks. Artistic Director from Oscar Oscar Salons Robina, Jess Longhurst, gives us the low down on the four 'hair commandments' you should abide by, to keep your tresses looking lustrous well after the winter chill sets in.
1. Thou Shalt Put Down the Hair Straightener
The mercury has dropped to the single digits, your hair is in a state of disarray and the only way to remedy the frizz situation is with that magical straightening wand, right? Wrong!
“Hot tools will make your hair look sleek in the short term, but in the long run you’re just drying your hair out more than it already is from the changing seasons. Try blow drying and straightening your hair and then vetoing the tong in favour of a little dry shampoo in between washes – you’ll end up with a tousled look that is effortlessly chic and still on trend,” says Jess.
2. Thou Shalt Use Heat Protection
If you do find yourself reaching for the straightening iron, make sure you’re using a heat protectant to stop your hair from getting fried and damaged from the heat.
“You wouldn’t go out in the sun without sunscreen to protect your skin, so you definitely shouldn’t iron your hair without a heat protectant – it acts as a barrier between the straightener and your hair, so it’s still getting styled without feeling the full effect of the heat,” says Jess.
“A quality heat styling protectant is Redken’s Iron Shape 11 Finishing Thermal Spray, which is a lightweight formula that protects and repairs the hair.”
3. Thou Shalt Treat Thyself
Treatments are your hair’s knight in shining armour during the cooler seasons. “Using an intensive hydrating treatment each week will bring even the most lackluster hair new life,” explains Jess.
“Whether you use an at-home product or visit a salon for a more intensive treatment, your hair will thank you for it.”
“My recommended product for injecting some moisture into all hair types is Redken Diamond Oil Mask. The added bonus is that hydrated hair doesn’t get as frizzy, so it’s a win-win.”
4. Thou Shalt Visit a Hairdresser
With extreme temperature changes in winter, hair is more prone to developing split ends, meaning long locks are bound to look a little less sleek and healthy.
“While there are many ways to try and lessen the look of split ends, once the hair is well and truly split the only real way to banish splits for good is to cut them off. This means regular trips to the salon – ideally every six to eight weeks for a small trim. And if you take this advice as gospel, your tresses are guaranteed to look a million times better once summer rolls around!”