Just like heat, the extreme cold temperature in winter can cause damages to the hair resulting in frizziness and breakage. Dry air strips moisture from the scalp and hair, and indoor heating can worsen matters, leaving your hair craving moisture, hydration, and nourishment. People also might not notice the impact of strong sun and UV light exposure on their hair during ski trips or a tropical island holiday taken throughout the course of the wintery months.
Iconic hair stylist and founder of his namesake haircare brand, Sam McKnight believes that just like you adjust your skincare routine in colder weather months, your hair requires a different approach too. Lucky for all, McKnight is here to share his top tips on how to do hair care the right way, so you can combat winter damage and recreate the “Cool Girl” look at home — effortlessly undone textured hair seen on no other than Kate Moss — should you wish to.
With the sudden temperature drop and the arrival of gusty chilly winds, how to stop hair from going frizzy and dry?
Hydration is key to prevent parched strands and to fight frizz. Layer nourishing care with nourishing balms and the boost of moisture will help keep frizz in check. I love to use Happy Endings Nourishing Balm on my clients. Whether its wet or dry hair, this hybrid care/styler is perfect for instant defluffing and defrizzing.
How to incorporate scalp detox and hydration into one’s hair care routine?
Scalp oils and serums are a great way to detox and add hydration to your scalp. There are many fantastic scalp focused ones out there. I love Act + Acre’s Scalp Detox, and This Hair of Mine Scalp Serum.
How many times should you wash your hair when the weather turns chilly and dry? And what’s the right way to wash one’s hair?
Washing your hair is really individual, it depends on your texture, density, environment such as pollution, if you are exercising and creating sweat. The simple answer is to look at your roots — are they heavy with natural oils, do you have a build of products or have you been exercising where you need to remove sweat? If you answer yes to any of the latter, its time to cleanse and condition. Conditioning is important and a regular treatment will repair and protect hair from future damage. My Deeper Love and Bigger Love Treatment Masks were formulated to work in 5 minutes, and make a big impact to your hair health as they are clinically proven to strengthen hair by 10 times after 6 uses and mend 50% of split ends after only one.
How to prep hair and stop hair from drying out with the use of styling products? Favorite products to use for styling with heat?
Protect your hair from heat always. Whether you are blowdrying or using heated styling tools such as straighteners or curling tongs. Heat protectors such as Save the Do create a protective shield that also smooths the cuticle and adding light styling hold to make your blow dry last longer. It leaves your hair beautifully glossy and healthy-looking.
What’s your one advice for shielding the hair from too much unwanted UV light?
Cover you hair with a hat or scarf — the easiest way to protect is to cover it. A protective hairstyle is another way to keep your hair out of the UV rays, braid away , or slick back with hydrating leave in care such as Light Nourish conditioner and twist away into a sleek twist . If you are wearing your hair down and want to double up on protection and styling, a styler like Sundaze Sea Spray protects the hair from UVA/UVB damage, with the natural Sea Salt enhances and defines soft tousled texture while conditioning Pro Vitamin B5, Hibiscus Flower Extract, and Castor Oil, create an undone, soft beach texture.
Dry shampoo: friend or foe?
Friend! It’s such an incredible, innovative product that can deliver an instant quick fix. What’s not to love! Though my caveat would always be dry shampoo is to give your hair a quick refresh that gives you one more day. It doesn’t replace cleansing your hair properly and you shouldn’t use it for days at a time.