The cold weather is upon us, and the winter blues can have damaging effects on your hair.Ria Gyapersad, Creative Director of Glampalm, has tips to keep your hair looking fantastic – with the help of a Wide Magic Series Iron: Hair appears dull and lifeless in winter. What can be done to keep hair looking healthy?Dry heat and cold weather sap hair of moisture leaving it with a lifeless appearance. Dry hair breaks easily, therefore the most important thing you can do to avoid breakage, is to deeply condition your hair with an intensive, salon professional masque (don’t compromise on quality). Even if hair seems dull, it is best to hydrate with a masque rather than using silicone. While the initial effect of silicone is one of smoothing and shining, silicone can be very difficult to remove completely and can eventually have a drying effect on some types of hair. As wonderful as using a clarifying shampoo or rinse is at removing hair product build-up, most tend to remove the protective oils from the hair shaft – oils that are very much needed to protect hair during the harsh, cold months. With harsh weather conditions, how can I avoid frizz? I would suggest visiting a salon and having a formaldehyde-free Brazilian blow-dry (keratin) treatment. This will work 10 times faster than any over-the-counter product as the technician will apply strengthing keratin to your hair, blow-dry it in and seal it with the iron. This should keep your hair frizz free for 3 months – guaranteed! What is the best hair routine to follow in Winter? Use a super-moisturising shampoo (one that looks very pearly) – stay away from shampoos that are clear as these will dry out your hair. Thereafter, apply an intensive moisture masque (one with shea butter or avocado oils) and sleep with the treatment in until the morning for best results. Avoid hot tools that cause damage and strip your hair of moisture – rather use the Glampalm Magic Series Iron as it seals hair with a protective serum (similar to a barrier). This will leave the hair looking shiny and will last for days – minimising the damaging effects of regular shampooing. What hairstyles are timeless trends in Winter? Soft waves that frame the face and a few honey colored highlights to add some warmth. Another favourite is the classic, sleek high ponytail so that you can show off a gorgeous scarf. What is the one Winter haircare product that you swear by and why? RedkenAnti-Snap (R295) – by far the best leave-in treatment on the market.Hair stays soft and shiny all day without being weighed down or left looking greasy. The Wide Magic Series Iron from Glampalm is ideal to straighten and curl longer, thicker hair.
You can get it at the recommended retail price of R2 100. For more information, or to purchase, please visit www.glampalm.co.za. Compiled by Positive Dialogue Communications