When winter rolls around, a lot of things change pretty quickly. We haul out the heaters and stock up on vitamin pills, we might even change up our skincare routine. But why do so many people forget that wonderful winter hair is just a few tiny tweaks away too?
Admittedly, the changes that the hair and scalp go through in wintertime aren't as obvious as plunging temperatures or a nasty cold. They're subtle and gradual, but that doesn't mean they don't pack a punch.
Thankfully, keeping your hair healthy and thriving during winter is actually pretty easy once you know a few tricks. Here are three points to remember this season for well nourished, visibly happier winter hair.
Winter hair needs nourishing
Just like your skin, what's absorbed by your hair and scalp makes a massive difference to how it looks and feels. During winter your hair needs extra nourishing (just think about all the heat stress it went through during summer!) It's the perfect season to replenish and recharge for when the weather is finally warmer.
One thing hair often lacks during winter is moisture and hydration, leading to damaged follicles and a dull, tired look. It's important to give your scalp the nutrients it needs to promote healthy hair growth, starting with polysaccharides.
Polysaccharides are complex carbohydrates that the body uses for energy and regeneration - a bit like wholegrain toast at a molecular level. A hefty dose of these babies can help restore weak hair follicles and promote hair growth too. Without them hair is often more brittle, so a polysaccharide top up is the perfect fix for unhealthy winter hair.
If you're in need of stronger hair this winter, give something like the Sans [ceuticals] Hair Hydrant Ultra+ a try. It's all natural and made using Baobab polysaccharides (a Baobab seed extract). It's a great way to pump up the hair fibre and provides a thin film helping the hair feel fuller - tantalising, right?
Winter hair nourishing shouldn't stop with polysaccharides though, there are so many natural haircare products out there full of other vitamins and nutrients. Just like moisturising or treating the skin, applying nutrient-rich products to your hair helps keep it in perfect condition.
Hairprint's Nourishing Formula Shampoo & Conditioner is even made with this in mind, Ungurahui Oil and other ingredients helping out hungry hair. Ungurahui Oil is a superfood containing super high levels of Vitamin C and E, making it a perfect pick-me-up.
A hydrated scalp is a happier scalp
Because winter can mean less perspiration and a dried out scalp, another big thing to watch out for is hair hydration. Dry hair and a flaky scalp is mainly due to degradation of the hair's hydro-lipid layer. This layer is consists of water and fats that help to keep the skin moisturised, meaning in winter replenishing lipids is vital.
Normally lipids exist inside the hair follicle and are perpetually made by our sebaceous glands. However, when these glands are less active or when our scalp is dry the process slows. This leaves the hair porous, rough, dull and vulnerable to breakage.
The scalp also becomes dry if you over use sulphate-heavy hair products, meaning natural haircare is ideal for replacing lost lipids. Look for products with fatty ingredients like Shea Butter to hydrate and soothe. Another lipid-lush favourite of ours is the Holistic Hair Hydrating Shampoo & Conditioner, full of Avocado Oil and natural goodies. Holistic Hair also have a brilliant Oil Treatment that uses Sweet Almond Oil and Jojoba Oil to replenish that all important lipid layer.
Don't forget to seal the deal
Just like your skin, the pores of your hair need to close off every so often. It keeps the good stuff in and means your hair stays safe against the winter elements. Sealing your hair cuticles helps to reduce frizzy, frazzled hair so it can lie flat and sleek - just the way it should.
Smooth follicles also mean more light reflection, leaving your locks looking shinier and more radiant that ever. Because, realistically, who needs summer sun to naturally glow? As long as your winter hair routine rounds off with a great sealing product you'll look your absolute best in no time.
ans [ceuticals] pH+ Shine Correctoruses fermented apple enzymes to reverse damage and adjust the pH level of the hair. This not only seals follicles but helps reverse any damage done too, leaving a super smooth and glossy surface.
Hairprint's Bamboo Shampoo & Conditioner is also worth trying if you're looking to seal off and strengthen your hair. With a diverse range of extracts like Meadowfoam, Evening Primrose and Murumuru Butter it's a force to be reckoned with.
Take good care of your hair naturally this winter, it should be easy now that you know what to do!