The unpredictability of party season can wreak havoc on many of our well worn routines. Erratic turn ins mean we rarely get our 8 hours of zeds, a dodgy diet of mulled wine and mince pies has us feeling sluggish, and our Christmas skincare regime becomes an exercise in damage limitation. Oh, and let’s not forget our hair; whilst we usually dedicate huge amounts of time and energy on nourishing our locks correctly, Christmas seems to put paid to that. But it shouldn’t have to be this way. Taking care of your hair needn’t be expensive and time consuming, with these; our 5 IDEAL tips for looking after your hair this festive season.

SHORT, WARM SHOWERS

Yep, when the weather outside is nippy, and the hangover from last night’s office party is strong, there can be a temptation to have that shower long, languid and like a sauna. But this is extremely unwise for hair health. If the water cascading down is piping hot, it’s liable to shock your scalp, possibly even burning it. It’ll also dry out your scalp and hair, making it brittle and damaging the roots in the process. Instead, a short, warm shower with less regularity than you might take in warmer months will do your hair the most good.

RESIST THE URGE TO OVERSTYLE

The same goes for your appliances; heat, it seems, is very much the enemy of healthy winter hair. Indeed, hairdryers, straighteners, curling tongs…all of these tools in your arsenal can dry out your hair and scalp, leaving it susceptible to damage, dryness and those dreaded split ends. Instead, embrace a more natural look, as well as the deployment of heat protection sprays and leave-in conditioners. If you do still want to go all out with a stylish new look for your hair, minus the damaging appliances, then clip in hair extensions, such as these from Pauls Hair World, provide a chance to glam up without any of the after-effects of overstyling.

KEEP HYDRATED

Sure, you probably thought summer was the time when hydration was so key. And it is. But it’s equally important in winter, particularly for your skin and hair. Just as plants, trees and crops need water to grow and look their very best, so your hair does, too. And if you’re hydrated on the inside, it’ll certainly show on the outside, too. 

Keeping hydrated and your thirst quenched will reach your hair, giving it a luscious look which winter sometimes works pretty hard to rob you of. It’s also been suggested that dandruff is reduced by a healthy routine of h2o consumption. There really is no reason not to reach for another glass of the good stuff. Go on then, what are you waiting for?

DIET DILIGENCE

The festive diet is notoriously unhealthy. Not only is this bad for your waistline, but it can also affect your hair. So, during this period of copious canapes, Quality Street, eggnog and the rest, make sure that you’re also eating plenty of food rich in natural oils (avocados, nuts, salmon, mackerel and olives), as well as fruit and vegetables high in Vitamin A, C and E (oranges, tomatoes, carrots) to give your body the tools it needs to keep your hair looking healthy. Also make sure you eat plenty of eggs, if your diet allows, since they are an excellent source of both protein and biotin, nutrients said to encourage hair growth. Hmm, maybe that eggnog is alright, after all.

DON’T STEP OUT WITH WET HAIR 

Party season is one long anecdote of being in a rush to get somewhere, never quite in the right mindset or outfit to shine. And we’ve certainly all been there; you’re showered and in a mad dash to hit the town. You only have time for one thing and you need to make a decision; hair or make up? The only solution, sadly, is to step out with hair still wet.

But this is a huge mistake where hair health is concerned. Firstly, you’ll catch a cold you crazy thing. But more pertinently, stepping out with locks still soaking can cause them damage; when wet hair meets the biting cold air of winter, it can become less supple and more vulnerable to breakage.