Try these winter hair care tips to keep your hair in great shape – even when it’s freezing outside.
The coldest season of the year is upon us and that means hundreds of unsuspecting heads will experience bad hair days that could last an entire season. Chilly and dry weather can wreak havoc on your hair causing freakouts like static build-up, split ends, dry frizz, limp locks, and dreaded dandruff. While it’s tempting to hide, with a little TLC your hair can be your crowning glory this winter.
What winter does to your hair
Every season brings pros and cons for your hair. When temperatures soar your strands are subjected to abuse from saltwater, chlorine, and sun. When they plummet, it’s all about icy winds, frigid temps, and dry conditions.
In winter damage is often worse because people generally don’t take as many precautions to protect their hair. Exposure to the sun combined with a stormy winter wind, as well as rain and the cold can all come together to create some pretty bad winter hair days.
Why you should trim your hair
We suggest regular trims throughout the year to keep your hair feeling healthier, looking shinier, and more manageable. While some companies claim to hold a miracle cure no product on the market can save your sizzled ends except a pair of scissors! Products that ‘repair split ends’ only seal protein and moisture in your hair enhancing the appearance of your hair and making it feel and look better.
Chopping those tresses is one of the most effective ways to rid your hair from knots, dullness, and brittleness. Your hairstylist will be able to assess your hair and advise you on how much should be trimmed. On average our hair grows 1.25 centimetres per month and we should trim at least that every six to ten weeks.
Top Tip: Taking care of your hair isn’t just an outside job, but an inside one too. Get yourself a good hair-skin-nail supplement to prevent your hair from looking dull.
How to cure dry hair
While the environment has a drying effect on our hair, in winter people also tend to use more heat tools, dryers, and flat irons. Air conditioners and heaters have a similar drying effect to the environment but can be harsher due to the level of exposure we are subjected to in our daily work and living environments. To prevent dryness we recommend investing in a quality moisturising shampoo and conditioner and a moisture intense treatment.
While it’s not necessary to reduce the amount of shampooing during winter, hair should be shampooed a minimum two to three times a week but shouldn’t be washed every day. A hair masque should be applied at least once a week depending on the condition of your hair, for at least 10 minutes, the amount you should apply is about 10mls on short hair, 20 mls for medium and 30mls for long (avoid applying conditioner to your roots or scalp, mid-lengths to ends only).
Hot water damages your hair by washing away the oils that hold the cuticle together, which can cause frizz and breakage. For the sleekest style, take a tepid shower and do a final rinse with cool water to help smooth your hair.
How to get rid of dandruff
Dandruff shows up when the scalp sheds dead skin cells prematurely and in excessive numbers. This can happen whether the scalp is dry or fatty, and can be particularly problematic in winter.
Remedies are anti-dandruff shampoos with active ingredients like Octopirox or zinc pyrithione.
To combat dandruff apply a conditioner or masque to the scalp area and lightly massage it. You should also be including some natural oils in your diet that will help provide the skin with moisture.
Top Tip: Invest in a humidifier to prevent dry locks.
Is it common to have hair fall in winter?
Our genetic make-up decides whether we have thick or thin hair so no amount of conditioning will thicken your locks, yet heat and chemical damage can result in thinner strands. Losing 30 to 100 hairs per day is normal but several conditions can result in losing more than a maximum of 100 hairs per day. In about 95 percent of all cases, genetic factors are to blame. Due to the overproduction of male hormones (androgens), the blood supply to the hair follicles is reduced and in turn, the hair is no longer tightly anchored in the scalp.
To prevent hair loss, minimise the usage of hair dryers, hot curlers, hot brushes, hair straightness, hair fasteners, and chemical treatments. If you do suffer from hair loss, stay away from wigs and hairpieces that pull and tug on your natural hair. At Tymeless, we offer a range of wigs and hairpieces carefully crafted to not only fit comfortably but to ensure zero damage to your natural hair.
Winter Hair Trends – The 70s revival
2020 has seen a revival of the ’70s – easy, relaxed styles with natural movement such as plaits and soft curls. Most popular cuts this season are long, softly layered cuts as well as solid fringes and bobs. The hottest colour trends from Joico are combining soft, muted tones to create a beautiful stonewashed effect. Interplay of subtle blonde tones or stonewashed brunettes and corals are super hot this winter.
For those with short hair, our extensions made from 100 percent European or Indian hair are a great way to add length and/or fullness. Because they are made from real hair, with no added synthetics, our extensions can be curled and straightened and blend perfectly with your own hair. When cared for correctly, our extensions can be re-inserted and will last and last.
There are lots of different systems available, but our personal favourite is the micro-ring system as it literally loops around your hair and causes no damage (while some other systems can cause hair loss and breakage).
When it comes to accessories, headbands, and beanies made out of natural fabrics are super trendy this winter. We offer a range of beanie wigs and hairband wigs if you’re wanting to add extra volume or length to your natural hair.
Top Tip: Messy buns, braids and middle partings rock this season.
Funky coloured hair extensions
For the unconventional, there are some funky options straight off the winter catwalk.
Brightly coloured extensions are great to add a striking effect in certain parts of your hair and they last a lot longer than having to bleach up your own hair and colour it in those bright colours.
They also blend beautifully with all hair colours from natural blondes to red heads and brunettes and are stunning when used in plaits.
Celebrity hair colours
Just because it’s dull and grey outside, doesn’t mean your hair can’t radiate. Red-browns, copper-golds, caramel, and toffee blondes along with chocolate browns result in a beautiful multi-dimensional colour that can range from dark to light and still give your face that warm glow.
When it comes to adding colour to your locks, draw inspiration from Hollywood celebs who’ve donned Ombré and Shadow illusion – think Olivia Wilde, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Alba, Khloe Kardashian, and Jessica Biel. With Ombré a regrowth effect is achieved with one colour higher than the other, resulting in beautifully coloured but low maintenance hair. Unicorn colour is happening in celebville this season using pastel global colouring.
We have a range of ombre range of wigs available.
Top hair care tips
* Always comb through your conditioner/treatment and leave on for the recommended time.
* Make sure that your hair drier and iron is not older than four years old. The elements getting hotter and hotter as the years go on resulting in hair being dried out.
* When using a hairspray make sure you spray it 10 to 15cm away so that the alcohol can dissolve before it hits your hair. Alcohol dries out the hair and removes dyed hair colour.
* Don’t clarify too often. At this time of year, it’s best to avoid products that build up in your hair rather than have to remove them.
* Try not to leave the house with wet hair. Extremely cold weather can freeze the hair at the cuticle and cause it to break.
* Don’t brush or comb hair when it is wet as this can cause hair to lose its strength, grow dry and brittle.
* Fly-away hair is caused by heated interior air and the contact of hair fibres with other fibres such as the fabric fibres of hats, headbands, and clothing. The movement of these fibres against hair produces static electricity, which makes the hair stand on end. A light dusting of hairspray will hold the hair down and help it to adhere to other strands.