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How to make your hair behave in winter

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Even if you love your hair, it doesn’t always love you back, especially as the weather turns cooler. Dullness, breakage, split ends and static can ruin the best mane.

Here are some tried and tested winter hair care tricks to restore the bounce and silkiness to your crowning glory. 

Winter Hair Woe # 1: My scalp is flaky and dry!

Trichologist Jayant Verma says a change in weather can cause your scalp to peel. “Humidity level fall in winter, and this dries out skin including your scalp,” he explains. A simple remedy is switching to an anti-dandruff shampoo like L’Oreal Paris Fall Resist Anti-Dandruff Shampoo. If the problem persists, try using an overnight formula like Kaya Anti Dandruff Lotion. Most anti-dandruff formulas contain anti-bacterial agents, zinc and sulphur, that remove flaky build-up from follicles. It’s also a good idea to take an omega supplement like HealthAid Flaxseed Oil 1000mg – Omega 3,6,9 to put back moisture in your skin.    

Winter Hair Woe # 2: My hair goes flat and limp!

Hair stylist Ahlan Wong says the quickest way to add back volume is with a root-boosting spray like Sebastian Professional Volupt Spray For Extra Body And Volume. “Divide the top layer of damp hair into four sections. Lift each section up toward the ceiling and spritz the roots.” Then let the spray work its magic. Now blow dry roots while lifting sections with a big round brush. Smooth down a bit and voila, you have big, glorious hair!

Winter Hair Woe # 3: Static makes my hair stand on end!

Celeb stylist Teresa Chen has a simple remedy. “Spritz hair spray like Wella Professionals EIMI Perfect Setting Light Setting Lotion Spray on a comb, then run it through fly-aways.” You could also use a light body lotion in a pinch. Just rub a tiny dollop between your hands and smooth over your strands. 

Winter Hair Woes # 4: I’m losing sleep over split ends!

Besides trimming off those offending split tips there’s little you can do to mend your hair. But if your strands have been looking particularly parched, pop open a Vitamin E capsule like ExxelUSA Omexxel E400 Dha, Epa, Omega 3 and drizzle on ends. You can also use it to massage your scalp. Glossy, healthy hair in a jiffy!

Winter Hair Woe # 5: My colored hair looks dull and dry

Chemical treatment—read coloring—and heat styling (blow drying, curling and straightening) can leave strands dull and lifeless. “Don’t shampoo more than twice a week and avoid clarifying shampoos that strip hair of oil and dye pigments,” says Wong. Instead, she suggests using a colored hair shampoo-conditioner like Wella Professionals Brilliance Shampoo For Colored Hair and Wella Professionals Enrich Moisturizing Treatment For Dry And Damaged Hair. If your hair is particularly dry, try using Pantene Pro-V Oil Replacement overnight before shampooing.
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