The seasons can play havoc with our tresses, from central heating to wind, rain, hat hair and everything in between. But as long as you adapt your hair care you'll beat the winter barnet blues.
Celebrity hairstylist and grooming guru Daniel Johnson knows just what it takes to make sure your locks have the last laugh this season, so it's a good job he was happy to share his top tips for beautiful winter hair.
And as if one beauty clever clogs wasn't enough, we also got chatting to co-founder of celebrity hair salon Lockonego, Ben Cooke, to get his A-list worthy advice.
Who doesn't want glossy locks a la Nicole Scherzinger and Mila Kunis?
Prevention is better than cure
Daniel says: "It’s a lot easier to protect, condition and maintain healthy hair than it is to try to rectify damage caused by mistreatment and harsh winter weather."
The obvious means for protecting our manes are often the ones we forget, but luckily for us Ben's got a gentle reminder. He says: "Wear a hat or head scarf. Not only will this protect your hair from the harsh weather, but it will stop the wind sending your hair into a tangled mess en route to the office."
"Trimming your hair regularly will help to strengthen your hair and reduce the chance of breakages. It’s important to take a pride in your hair as even the simplest haircut can boost your confidence ten-fold. If you look good, you’ll feel good and this will encourage you to invest more time into looking after your hair rather than just scraping it back."
Ben Cooke couldn't agree more, he says: "Regular trims are essential in winter to avoid split ends. Hair looks far healthier if it's kept neat and trimmed, and even if you're growing your hair, you should still have regular trims."
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Avoid brushing your hair while it's still wet
Daniel says: "Brushing your hair when wet can increase split ends and breakage which can leave hair looking dull and damaged. Invest in a tangle teaser to ease the knots out of your hair with minimal risk of breakage."
Wanna know another tip for wet hair? Ben says: "Never step outside with wet hair. It might be tempting to leave the gym without blasting your hair, but this is a definite 'no' for winter months. You can actually freeze the hair and cause breakage, so make sure you remove any moisture to leave hair in optimum condition."
Treat your tresses
Another top tip from Daniel involves treating your hair to some seasonal pampering.
He says: "Indulging in a conditioning treatment is especially important for women as their hair tends to be longer than men’s so can be prone to breaking, splitting and drying out. Keeping your hair nourished will protect it from the weather conditions and heat styling."
Ben puts it another way: "Ultimately we moisturise our skin more in the winter and hair is no exception. Try using a leave-in conditioner which will continue working for a long time after you've applied it."
Only wash your hair when needed
If you're a hair-washing obsessive, winter is a good time to ditch the habit. In fact if you wash your hair every day you seriously need to think again.
Daniel says: "Avoid washing your hair every day, it will strip it of the essential oils you need to lock in moisture. You should always use a good shampoo and conditioner too. No half stepping!"
Don’t be afraid to try colouring your hair
One good piece of advice that's more fun than factual is this one. Winter is the perfect season to try colouring your hair a few shades darker. In fact, Daniel almost demands it.
He says: "Experiment with darker colour tones on your hair during the winter as they are much more forgiving to damaged hair than blonde colours. This is because damaged hair shows up a lot more on lighter tones like blonde. For a fab winter look, why not experiment with some chocolate browns? Redish tones are great too."
Now all that's left to do is to put these winter hair tips into practice - check out our edit of these glossy tresses for inspiration.
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