Filled with cold-burnished cheeks, cuddle-up knits and, most importantly, beautifully windswept locks, fashion magazines would have anyone believing effortless style is easy to achieve in winter.
But in reality, with the wind, rain and snow buffeting us about – and without a team of hairstylists on hand – most of us are more likely to end up with a bird’s nest on top than a beautifully blown-out barnet.
So how can you keep your hair looking glossy through the cold months, without spending a fortune at the salon? Try these six easy tricks for size.
1. Embrace the hat
This is the one time of year that a hat doesn’t mean ‘wedding’ or ‘races’ – and we’re not talking fascinators here. Chuck on a beanie, a beret or, for full glamour, a wide-brimmed felt trilby, and you’ll not only stop your hair blowing about like mad, but you can also hide a multitude of sins on a bad hair day.
Of course, no one wants hat hair. The secret solution is to twist the front section back beneath the crown of the hat, and spritz with a light mist of Pantene Pro-V Style & Protect hairspray – when you take off the hat and shake out your hair, you should end up with a nice full wave instead of hair that’s plastered to your head.
2. Don’t wash your hair
Ok that’s an exaggeration – but you shouldn’t wash your hair more often than you need to, as it will strip it of those much-needed natural oils. In between, just use Pantene Dry Shampoo to freshen it up and add a bit of rock-star oomph to lacklustre locks.
When you do wash your hair, give it some deep-treating love with Aussie 3-Minute Miracle Shampoo & Conditioner.
Whatever you do, don’t set foot out of the door with wet hair (brrr!) as the combination of moisture and cold air can make your hair dry and brittle.
3. Indulge in deep conditioning
You don’t need to spend half an hour in a salon for a truly effective deep conditioning treatment – using Aussie Take The Heat Three-Minute Miracle Deep Treatment weekly can help to repair some of the most damaging effects of winter, working its magic in just three minutes!
4. Eat yourself beautiful
One of the cheapest and easiest routes to good hair and skin is to be healthy from the inside too. No need for a Michelin-starred diet: just drink plenty of water and eat a good diet that’s packed with lots of fruit and vegetables. You should also aim to eat two portions of oily fish a week.
5. Keep it trim
Don’t worry – we’re not talking full restyles every few weeks, here. Just getting your hair trimmed regularly will keep it in tip-top condition. Even if you’re trying to grow it, getting your hairdresser to just take the tiniest amount off will help you avoid split ends and keep your hair looking glossy and full.
6. Lay off the heat-styling
We know, we know – how do you get your hair dry in the winter without a hairdryer? Fair enough. But try combining your drying with styling to avoid using heat stylers, and give your hair a few days off styling every week. Always protect your hair first.
What are your tricks for keeping your hair beautiful in winter, without a celebrity budget? Let us know in the comments section below.