Winter with its frosty bite, blustery winds and dreaded “hat hair” is upon us. Be sure to look after yourself with winter skin care, these winter hair care tips and winter nail care.
Picture this scenario:
You’ve styled your hair to perfection, then venture forth into the ruthless cold – hatless! – to preserve that do. For about ten minutes, you can stand the cold, till your ears sting and brain-freeze sets in. You fumble for that warm knit cap you cram in your pocket for such emergencies. Pulling it down snugly, over brow and ears, your brain returns to normal.
You arrive at the office, yank off the cap and feel the circulation return to your ears… you steal a furtive glance at the hall mirror and perceive a flat-top version of formerly blow-dried perfection. Frantically, you run your fingers through that matted, creased mess, trying to achieve a little lift, some semblance of softness and contour.
You flip your head over and back-brush furiously, then fling back your mane, but a lioness you’re not. The results of static electricity are now to be dealt with. Flyaway tresses at the lift-off! You scramble to the ladies’ room, wet your hands under the tap and proceed to slick down the errant wisps with a little water.
Now looking like a mouse that got caught in the rain, you reach in your purse for the mousse. Injecting a hefty palm-full you lavish it on the damp hair… “go for chunky” you think. Five minutes of scrunching later, you glance at your watch. Late again! Dang that hat-hair! One quicker tousle and off you sprint to start work.
There are much better ways to deal with winter’s effect on our tresses.
1) If you go for big hair, cover it up with a roomy beret or cloche! At least it won’t squash the top of your style, and it can be pulled low enough to keep the ears toasty. A loose-fitting hood will also do, especially one with an adjustable drawstring to keep out the wind.
2) A tight, slick hairstyle can survive most hats. Pulled back, with a neat chignon at the nape is a start. If your hair is very long, consider plaiting it. Forget crimping though! Save that for spring. A hat will iron out your efforts.
3) Alternatively, you can always resort to a short, cropped statement. Annie Lenox doesn’t have a care regarding winter hair.
4) Resist the temptation to live in your hat! Abandon the headgear when indoors. Scalps need to breathe and many a woman will experience hair thinning, even bald spots as a result of excessive head covering.
5) This is no time to abandon your moisturising products. Indoor heating has a way of drying out a girl’s crowning glory. The summer culprit was too much fun in the sun – now it is piped-in heat, and sitting too close to a wood stove or fireplace. Use mild, moisturising shampoo and rich conditioning products, as always.
6) If you should get caught with “hat hair”, a hair radiance oil tucked into your bag can be a real image saver.
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