5 Healthy Hair Tips for Winter

Is your hair suffering against the chills of the winter season? Never fear, DESIblitz is here to provide you with helpful tips for a healthy shine!

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Split ends cannot be fixed by shampoos or hair masques

Is your hair lacking in healthy moisture and shine through this cold season?

Healthy hair is very achievable, but often neglected, especially during the winter months.

Here at DESIblitz we aim to help you with this problem, providing helpful tips and guidance to create that desirable gloss this season.

1.   Maintaining Lifestyle of Hair

The most important thing to learn whilst seeking help for healthy hair is that dreaded word – haircut.

How often you get your hair trimmed can be detrimental to the survival of your hair, so it is important to keep your split ends at bay.

An average period of time to have your hair cut ranges from six to eight weeks.

Despite what the advertisements may tell you, split ends cannot be fixed by shampoos or hair masques. The shampoos may help with some repairing, but our luscious locks need to be cut in order to grow.healthy hair - split ends

Alongside healthy hair, long hair is also desirable amongst many women. However, your hair will reach a certain point where it will not grow any further as the ends will begin to split and appear dead and wispy.

This is the time when the only thing you can do, is to have your hair cut!

2.   Washing Habits

Do you wash your hair every day? Or perhaps you only wash it once a week?

The amount of times your hair is washed in a week is very important to hair growth.

It is strongly advised not to wash your hair every day; this will only make your hair oily and appear greasier than it should be.

It also dries out your locks as you are washing away the natural oils your scalp produces to create its shine. Washing three times a week will benefit your hair and scalp a lot more, as it gives hair time to breathe and repair.

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Although not necessarily desirable, washing your hair occasionally with cold water can also benefit the maintenance of your hair, as the cold will not be harmful as the heat.

So brave up and cool down to ensure a healthy glow to your hair for the New Year!

3.   Styling Habits

Of course, the most harmful thing for hair is excessive amounts of heat, which comes from styling.

Whether it’s curling wands, straighteners, or even just hair dryers, excessive heat is toxic to hair and can lead to damages and breaks.

Occasionally leaving your hair to dry naturally will benefit the strengthening of your hair, as it lets the hair breathe.

(However, not advisable if you are to leave the house on a cold day – we wouldn’t want you catching a cold!)

For those of you whose hair is on the wild side; when leaving it to dry, drying and straightening is more than acceptable, but only when using the right products. Heat protection spray is vital to avoid damages and breaks to the hair.

One of the best recommended protection sprays is the GHD original.

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This is priced at £12.95.

We also recommend that you do not over-straighten your hair.

For example, if you have straightened it before work in the morning, and have an important meal in the evening and want to run over it, try not to do this regularly as the hair becomes exposed to too much heat before it can begin to repair itself.

However, admittedly, it is a little bit of a catch 22. If you go the hairdresser and have your hair styled beautifully with a fresh new cut, you may need to maintain it using heat products.

Of course, you still use them – just not every day!

4.   Eating and Drinking Habits

Unusually, your eating and drinking habits can also greatly benefit or hinder your hair.

The main support for a healthy head of hair is drinking lots of water. Not only does it benefit your body, but it also helps strengthen and increase the growth of your hair.healthy hair - drinking water

To create a longer, healthier head of locks, water and eating healthily will dramatically improve the chance of this.

Protein is also seen as a building block to healthy hair; without a sufficient amount of protein, the hair can dry up to become dead and lifeless.

This fact is unknown to many; despite how often you wash, cut or style your hair, if you’re not looking after yourself with a healthy diet, how can you expect your hair to be healthy?

5.   Hair products and Hair Masques

If the above have not helped you so far, then hair products will be sure to solve all your dry lifeless hair troubles!

However, the right shampoo for you is extremely important. If you have coarse, dry hair which you wish to gain more moisture, L’ANZA pack of Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner will be sure to help you on your way.

L’ANZA also provide a fabulous Moi Moi Hair Masque which seals in moisture for lasting softness and shine.

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The Moi Moi Hair Masque comes in a large 200ml tub for only £29.95.

Moroccan Oil is also an intense moisturising shine oil you can use which increases hair growth dramatically.

Priced up at £31.85 per 125ml, the pot squeezes out small droplets at a time. Run through the ends, and everywhere bar the roots for a soft and sleek finish to your hair. Results are almost immediate!

If you are still unsure on whether your hair requires more work, or want specialised advice on specific hair products for you, we would advise you to speak to your hairdresser.

Hopefully, all or at least some of these remedies will help you return your hair back to the land of the living this winter!

Katie is a English graduate specialising in journalism and creative writing. Her interests include dancing, performing and swimming and she strives to keep an active and healthy lifestyle! Her motto is: "What you do today can improve all your tomorrows!"

Images courtesy of GHD official, L'ANZA, John Frieda, and PureWaterCenter.