Words by Adina Whyte
December 18th, 2017
Hair trends may come and go but healthy, lustrous locks will always be in fashion. Which is why it’s so important to concentrate on the health of your hair, particularly in the winter months.
Between central heating, cold, blustery winds and constant styling, your hair is subjected to a lot of stress during the Christmas period but with a few simple changes to your routine you can wave goodbye to bad hair days. We quizzed the scientists who work behind the scenes at Dyson on how best to care for your hair to ensure it’s party-ready this season and beyond. Follow our tried and tested steps below.
We’ve all heard the saying “beauty starts from the inside out” but have you ever given a thought to what it truly means? What you put inside your body can have an outward effect on your appearance and yes, this includes your hair! Which means the better you treat your body, the better chance your hair can have from the get-go. Eating a balanced diet which includes hair-loving nutrients such as zinc, Biotin, Omega 3 and Vitamin C and E can help give your hair the best chance to shine so try introducing foods like spinach, salmon, eggs, sweet potatoes, lentils, nuts and seeds into your daily meals. Of course, we can all use a little extra help with our diets, particularly in winter, and this is where supplements can help give you that extra boost. Supplements such as HUM Nutrition Red Carpet Hydration Supplement can aid in strengthening your hair and making your skin glow.
Conditioner can help minimise friction and smoothen hair cuticles, leaving your hair prepped for styling so it’s important to find a formula that works for you and your hair type. We’re huge fans of Pureology Smooth Perfection Conditioner for its moisturising and smoothing capabilities, but also because it contains a Thermal Anti-Fade Complex that helps to protect the vibrancy of coloured hair. This is perfect for everyday use, however, if you can find the time, treat yourself to an intensive leave-in mask such as Oribe Gold Lust Transformative Masque which can help give your hair an extra boost of moisture so it is softer and hydrated.
Ever wonder why your hair cuticles feel coarse or jagged? Think about how you treat your hair after washing it. Pretty rough, right? According to the hair scientists at Dyson, “Wet hair is inherently a lot weaker than dry hair, meaning it is more easily damaged by vigorous actions such as brushing and towel drying”. Swap your usual hand towel for something like the Aquis Waffle Luxe for a gentler approach. The same goes for how you brush your hair. Use a brush that will smooth out any knots without breaking your hair. A boar bristle brush is a good choice in this case. Not only is it fantastic at removing tangles, the bristles actually help carry oils down the shaft of your hair, which in turn helps to protect hair from environmental damage and add shine too.
Heat is the biggest cause of dry and damaged hair, but unfortunately, it seems like a necessary evil when styling your hair. Permanent heat damage happens over 150 degrees and can cause “irreversible damage that weakens the hair”, according to the pros. “The weakening of hair then leaves it prone to even more damage.” However, Dyson has come to our silky hair rescue with the Supersonic hair dryer. Not only does it reduce drying time, it also monitors the temperature of the air 20 times per second to ensure your hair isn’t exposed to excessively high heat, resulting in the smoothest and healthiest at-home blow dry every time. It’s the hair investment that keeps on giving.
Now that you’ve achieved your perfect blow dry using the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer, don’t let that beautiful work go to waste! Preserve your style and protect your hair while you sleep by using a silk pillowcase. Sleeping on silk can help keep that bed head under control. The natural properties of silk and its smooth surface can help reduce friction between your hair that often causes damage such as split ends which you cannot repair. “There’s no way of fixing a split end – cutting it off is so important as if you don’t, it travels up the hair strand like pulling at a cheese string.”
Over-washing your hair can strip vital oils from your locks and can actually make your roots oilier in the long-term. If you wake up and your blow dry is still intact (thanks to your new silk pillowcase!) but your roots are looking a little oily, there’s no need to re-wash and ruin a perfectly good blow dry. Just grab some clever dry shampoo like Living Proof Perfect Hair Day to freshen up your hair with minimal hassle.
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