As we mourn the departure of summer, and regret complaining that it was ‘too hot’ during our two-week heat wave, it’s impossible to ignore the fact that the colder months will soon be here. So, as well as prepping our skin and winter wardrobe, it’s high time to start thinking about prepping our hair for the winter months ahead.
The cold air can make our tresses seem brittle and dry and the drop in temperature really does put a kink in our hair routine. Waking up when it’s still dark outside knowing that we must leave our cosy, warm bed and head to the shower to wash our mane, let alone blow dry and style it, can all be a bit overwhelming, don’t you think? But fear not, here at Supercuts we’ve actually learned to love the cold weather (honestly, we have) and here’s why. It means dressing up in our comfy jumpers, pulling out our knee-high boots, woolly hats, scarves and gloves from summer-hibernation and not worrying so much about what lies beneath! No amount of layering is too much. It’s time to give our razors some well needed time off and embrace the season of cold. The only difference is, whilst your summer routine takes a little rest – your hair routine needs to be pumped up.
Tackle your winter hair woes before winter strikes. Preparing your hair for the cold means that you’ll be able to keep your mane in tip-top shape all the way to New Year’s. Don’t fall into the trap of making a simple ponytail your new standard ‘do for the winter (boring!). You can still have amazing looking hair that is healthy and stylish – all it takes is a bit of prep.
Pump up the moisture
All hair types want the same thing: to live a frizz-free life. With the right amount of moisture in each of your hair strands, the environment, a.k.a that blustery winter cold, will not be able to attack your hair. To achieve the perfect balance, first you need to repair any damage caused to your hair from UV rays over the summer months. You’ll also find that you probably used more styling products during summer. Think about it; hairspray, glitter, hair colour, mousse, salt spray, volume spray, texture spray… the list goes on and we are guilty as charged. So, to un-do the damage caused by these products plus the heat from your favourite stylers, you’ll need to invest in a shampoo and conditioner that are able to penetrate proteins deep inside the hair shaft, rather than just padding them on top.
Kérastase Discipline Bain Fluidealiste No Sulfates Smooth-in-Motion Shampoo
Enjoy smoother locks and a high shine with this shampoo from Kérastase. Containing a morpho-sheathing polymer and surface perfector, it works to give you a perfectly even finish from root to tip, without leaving you with heavy, greasy hair. Simply massage into wet hair and rinse thoroughly.
Kérastase Aura Botanica Soin Fondamental
This conditioner is free from both silicone and sulfates, which means your hair will love the light, natural finish. Thanks to the hand-pressed argan and Samoan coconut oils, this conditioner melts into hair to leave it frizz-free and touchably soft. Simply apply to wet hair, leave on for 2-3 minutes and rinse to reveal soft, smooth, nourished hair.
Deep, deep condition
If you’re after that glossy magazine-cover shine for your hair, it’s important to close the cuticle layer in each hair strand. This helps to define colour, texture and shine all through the season. Deep conditioners are our go-to products for winter hair SOS. A good deep conditioning formula will comprise of naturally-derived ingredients that don’t add unnecessary chemicals to the hair. Our stylists recommend working a deep conditioning treatment into your weekly routine so by the time winter is here, you’ll have a veil of protection on your hair. Don’t consider this as just another beauty regime you have to find time for, trust us, you’ll notice the results within just a few weeks. Find time to put a treatment on your hair while you do your weekly house chores or cuddle up on the sofa to watch a film one evening while the treatment works its magic.
Kérastase Nutritive Masque Magistral
Dry hair is in need of intense nourishment, and this luxurious thermo-reactive masque provides just that, working to make hair soft and full of shine. Scoop the product into your hand and work through the hair. Leave for just five minutes to work deeply into the hair shaft, then rinse.
Pureology Hydrate Hydra Whip
Harness the hydrating power of avocado, shea and mango butters, this intensive hair masque deeply moisturises and replenishes dry and colour-treated hair. Apply to clean, damp hair and comb through for even distribution. Leave masque on your hair for 2-5 minutes before rinsing thoroughly.
Trim the ends, they’ll thank you for it
Last but certainly not least, keep the ends of your hair in good shape with a regular trim. Dry, cold air means more split ends and so a regular trim is the most effective way to keep these at bay. A quick trip to your stylist is all it takes to truly have winter-prepped hair. You can also invest in a good sealing treatment that will mend the ends so your hair is looking its best in between trips to the salon. After all, split ends and damaged cuticles will cause your hair to appear thinner and give it that unwanted straggly look. Our Supercuts salons also offer nourishing treatments so just ask your stylist and they’ll be able to apply one to your hair – starting from just £3.95 it’s at great value, too.
DESIGNLINE Mend the Ends End Sealer
Complete your hair care routine and seal in your split ends with this product. Repair and soften ends with the filler action that works to mend damage deep in the hair shaft. Hair is left more manageable, smoother and generally looking fab and glossy. After shampooing and conditioning, apply the sealer to wet or damp hair and style as normal.