Scalp Care to Onion Juice - 9 Ways to Boost Your Hair Health
We look at the resolutions you should be making if you want to luscious locks
30 December 2018
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Cooler weather, plus weeks of partying, bad diet and not enough sleep means winter can be a recipe for hair disaster.
So, with January's arrival, there's no better time to give your tresses some TLC.
That doesn’t mean a complete overhaul of your routine – depending on the state of your locks all it takes is a couple of tweaks to get them back to optimal condition.
We asked nine hair experts for their advice on what to do – and what to stop doing – to take your strands from lacklustre to lustrous.
Pick from these transformational new-hair resolutions…
#1 Look after your scalp
“When it comes to hair health and growth, scalp is king,” says Anabel Kingsley, trichologist at Philip Kingsley. “If you think of each hair as a flower, and your scalp as the soil supporting it, it makes complete sense to nourish and care for your scalp.
“Just like the skin on your face, your scalp benefits from weekly exfoliation. Exfoliation helps to remove dead skin cells and pesky flakes. It also encourages healthy skin cell turnover.”
Philip Kingsley Exfoliating Scalp Mask, Marks & Spencer
#2 Protect properly
“Excessive use of hot styling tools is causing some of the most badly damaged and worst conditioned hair I’ve ever seen,” says hair industry expert Rachel Southwood.
“Make it a New Year resolution to always use a thermal protecting product to shield hair from temperatures as high as 400 degrees. That intensity of direct heat on top of coloured or bleached hair can cause extreme problems, such as frizz, dryness and even breakage.”
Affinage Mode Styling Heat Shield Thermal Styling Protection Spray, AllBeauty
#4 Get regular trims
“If you want to maintain a consistent hairstyle, you should keep up a regular hair trim appointment every six weeks, to keep the look constant and in good condition,” recommends Pro:Voke expert stylist Lisa Laudat.
“Anything past 12 weeks is not recommended, as this is where split ends start to appear, particularly for those with fine hair that is damaged more easily.”
#5 Soothe split ends
“You can’t actually repair damaged hair with a styling product, but you can use products with good ingredients to moisturise, and products with protein to help strengthen the hair strand and keep hair from further splitting,” says Moroccanoil artistic director Kevin Hughes.
“Moroccanoil Mending Infusion has key protein-filled ingredients that help to seal split ends. When the hair is sealed, it gives the appearance of healthy, revitalised hair.”
Moroccanoil Mending Infusion, FeelUnique
#6 Pay attention to what you’re putting on your hair
“Start looking at the ingredients,” says celebrity hairdresser Phil Smith. “The way you would look at food or skincare, start to educate yourself on what goes into your hair products.
“Look for natural ingredients such as avocados, coconut water and shea butter. These are all great for the condition of your hair. Parabens, on the other hand, are damaging so don’t buy haircare products that include these in their ingredients list.”
Phil Smith be Gorgeous Glam Shine Ultimate Glossing Shampoo, Sainsbury's