Here’s how to keep your hair healthy during winter

Get glossy hair, no matter how gloomy the weather is.

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by Jade Moscrop |

Just as we switch up our skincare when winter hits, we should also pay attention to the way we're treating our hair.

Cold air can wreak havoc on our locks, causing breakage and making it a nightmare to style. Changing up your routine is key to beating the chill - the perfect excuse to treat yourself to some new haircare products.

We called upon renowned hairdresser Michael Van Clarke for his top tips for winter hair care.

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What changes might we see to our hair during winter?

"Cold dry air outside, warm dry air inside; this seasonal pincer movement rips the moisture from the hair shaft leaving it thin, brittle and up to 3% shorter. Dryness also makes the hair less flexible and difficult to manage. Winter weather gives hair a very harsh time!

"When the atmosphere loses humidity, water molecules are sucked out to static. Hair is a delicate balance of proteins and moisture, and keeping the hair hydrated is essential to avoid weak, brittle unmanageable hair. Taking extra care of your hair will ensure stronger glossier hair, no matter how gloomy the weather outlook is."

What should we avoid doing to our hair during this time?

"Step away from the heated appliances. Set yourself a challenge and embrace your natural hair at least a few times a week. Use the opportunity to try exciting new styles and give your hair some welcome relief from too much heat.

"Avoid going out in icy weather with wet hair. Your hair could freeze and lead to breakages. If your hair won’t dry naturally in time, use the warm setting on your hairdryer with a diffuser and let the last 5% dry naturally."

Are there any products we should introduce into our hair routine?

"Deep conditioning treatments like LifeSaver Pre-wash Treatment prevent cold weather shrinkage and slow down the ageing process of the hair. Used a couple of times a week, its unique cashmere proteins blend will protect your hair and leave it naturally supple, glossy and sleek. Finishing products can help to tame frizz without the heat.

"To make your hair more manageable during the colder weather and fight against frizz, try a semi-permanent blow dry treatment. This could be the best two hours you spend this winter, as it leaves you with supple frizz free and amazingly smooth hair for up to four months."

Feeling clued up? Here are a few more of our winter haircare favourites:

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