10 tips to winter-proof your style

October is here along with autumnal leaf fall, darker evenings and chunky knits. If you’ve already felt the chill and had the central heating turned on, then our 10 tips from Dannielle at RD Edinburgh will help see you through the next couple of months in super style.

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1. Shampoo less often to help with itchy, flaky scalp

“With constant changes in temperature and blasts of central heating, dry, flaky scalps can flare up in wintery months. To help your shampoo last longer, invest in a dry shampoo such as Schwarzkopf OSiS+ BOHO REBEL, available in three colours to suit you.”

2. Switch to a moisturising products to lock in extra moisture

“Blasts of dry air are not good for any type of hair. The only way to combat it is with extra moisture. Natural, curly, wavy, relaxed, and coiled hair is sensitive to cold weather, when it’s prone to brittle texture, breakage, and split ends. Check out our Oil Ultime system with Argan and Marula Oil, available to experience in-salon and at home.”

3. Commit to weekly treatments to keep hair hydrated

“Dry air also means all hair textures should focus on weekly hair treatments to replace lost moisture. Hair dries out in winter from not having enough moisture in the indoor air, which is when a good conditioner is paramount. Once a week, slather a treatment such as BC Bonacure Hyaluronic Moisture Kick on and take 30 minutes for the moisture to penetrate into the hair shaft.”

4. Use leave-in conditioner to combat static

“Floating, fine strands are a common occurrence during winter, which is a key sign of dryness. Be sure hair is hydrated with regular conditioning, then lock it in with a leave-in conditioner such as BC Bonacure Moisture Kick Spray Conditioner.”

5. Take a visit to the dark side

“Speak to your stylist about dialling down super light locks for the winter months to help minimise damage. Consider balayage techniques and demi-permanent colour that will fade on tone and make it easy to go back to platinum when the weather warms up.”

6. Turn down the heat

“All the heat and dryness from constant styling will result in split ends and breakage. Ensure that you always use protection such as OSiS+ Flatliner Heat Protection Spray when styling. Also try protective styles, such as braids, buns, twists, and ponytails, which give hair time off from the heat routine.”

7. Wet hair in the cold is a no-no

“Although time is of the essence in the morning, it’s critical to dry hair thoroughly before dashing into the cold. Anything that’s cold expands, and that’s what can happen with your hair shaft in the cold weather, which puts you at risk for breakage and makes your colour fade faster. Book in for blow-dries for important events and use dry shampoo to prolong your style if you’re short on time.”

8. Line your winter hat with silk or satin to stop split ends

“Yes, really! Wool, cotton, and other coarse fabrics can cause split ends and breakage, a tip even more important if you have curls or natural-textured hair. Always line wool, acrylic, and/or cotton hats with silk or satin. Buy or use old fabric (like a vintage scarf or silk blouse) to measure and sew into any hat you already own. You can also utilise a silk scarf to prolong your blow-dry. Wrap your style inside a silk scarf underneath your hat to protect your hair. When you arrive at your destination, remove the scarf and your style will be in tact and protected.”

9. Use dry shampoo for volume if your hair has gone limp

“Those with oily hair might find their hair goes extraordinarily limp, particularly when it comes to the dreaded “hat head,” which can ruin your style and your whole day. Try and shampoo a little more, and condition a little less, especially at the root. Use a good spray or thickening tonic to help build up the style and add volume. Dry shampoos are great for this: they keep the hair fuller and more robust, and expand the hair shaft.”

10. Hydrate hair overnight with an oil or serum

“Dry night air leeches moisture from your skin as well as your hair. It can sometimes create a mess on your pillowcase, so designate an old pillowcase for ‘hydration night’. Apply an oil such as Moroccanoil on dry hair before bed, and simply cleanse and condition as normal in the morning to boost your moisture levels. Think of it as a night cream for your hair.”