If your crowning glory is flat, tired and dull it’s time to add some just-in-time-for-summer pep! Here’s how.
By Juliet Pitman, with information from Denman
Take the chop
– visit the new Dis-Chem Hair by Jeauval Salons
A good cut and style is essential at the end of winter. In fact, if you want to steer clear of split ends you should treat your hair to a trim every six to eight weeks.
Dis-Chem has teamed up with multiple global award-winning Jeauval Hair Salons to offer Dis-Chem clients a wonderful new haircare experience. Dis-Chem Hair by Jeauval Salons have now opened in the Mondeor and Three Rivers, Vereeniging stores so call now to book your post-winter-blues appointment.
If your hair is looking like a wreck after winter, it’s time to give it some TLC – not only to repair dry and dull-looking hair but to get it back in shape for summer, which brings its own trials, what with sunshine, swimming and styling for the year-end party season.
The dry and cold winter can be very damaging to your hair. The dry, cold weather outside, dry indoor heating, the tendency to have hotter showers and to use a blow-dryer every time you wash all contribute to dry hair in winter.
The good news is that there is a whole arsenal of treatments, products, brushes, combs, shampoos, conditioners and tips to take your hair from winter-weary to luscious locks.
Washing – when, how and with what?
Daily washing doesn’t damage hair but it can contribute to dryness. In the same way that hot water cleans the oil from dirty dishes, so hot water will strip the oil from your scalp and hair. And the more often you wash, the more often you are likely to use heat-generated styling aids like hairdryers, tongs and flat-irons.
To give your hair a break, the hair care experts at Denman recommend that you only wash your hair every two to three days. But start off by conditioning your hair before you wash. Choose a pre-wash conditioner or a deep conditioner that contains jojoba, lavender, shea butter, or rosemary oils and leave it on for as long as an hour to trap moisture in the hair. Pop on a shower cap or wrap it in a warm towel to avoid mess and help the conditioner to penetrate the cuticle, the hair’s outer layer.
Afterwards, shampoo with a moisturising formula and follow with a leave-in conditioner – preferably one that contains ceramides which are naturally occurring lipids that penetrate the cuticle and give strands shine and elasticity. If your hair needs extra TLC, treat it to a hair mask. When you wash use lukewarm, instead of hot, water so that you don’t strip the hair.
Use cold water to rinse. This helps the cuticle of the hair lie flat and therefore closed, trapping the moisture inside.
Treating dry scalp
Dry scalp is as much of a winter problem as dry hair. Biting temperatures outdoors and indoors strip skin cells of moisture, including those on your scalp. Invest in a shampoo and conditioner with tea tree oil or try a home remedy such as massaging lukewarm olive oil into your scalp and letting it soak for 30 minutes.
Scalp massage is recommended to increase circulation for better blood flow and to help remove dry or dead skin cells. It works by stimulating the nerves and blood vessels beneath the skin while calming muscle tension around the head. Although many different cultures have used massage as a form of therapy for thousands of years, it’s possible to trace the history of the head and scalp massage to India. The people of India have incorporated head massage into therapeutic practice for about 5 000 years as part of ayurveda, a holistic medicine.
The great thing about scalp massage is you can perform it on yourself, either with your fingers (a bit tiring) or using a special scalp massage brush. Dis-Chem stocks the Denman Shampoo Massage Brush. After applying conditioner, begin massaging your scalp at the hairline above your forehead and work your way back to the base of your skull. Use medium pressure while moving the brush in a tight circular motion in order to promote relaxation and thoroughly condition the scalp and hair.
To comb or brush?
When you comb and when you brush can make a big difference to the condition of your hair.
“When hair is wet, always use a comb to remove knots and tangles. Brushing wet hair can cause breakage and other damage to the hair shafts, so always do your detangling with a comb,” advise Denman.
Use a wide-tooth comb and start near the ends of the hair, combing downward with smooth strokes. Good-quality combs have teeth that are individually cut into the comb, so that there are not sharp edges. Wide-toothed combs are recommended for use on very curly or African hair.
Hair should always be brushed when dry – never when wet, when it can easily be stretched or damaged. If you have long hair, brushing is best done before washing and shampooing.
Brushing helps loosen knots and untangle the hair, and the action can loosen dead cells from the scalp and stimulate the circulation of the blood. The action of brushing from the roots to the tips also helps smooth the cuticle and makes the hair shine.
For extra volume, turn your head upside down and brush gently from the nape forward. Be warned however that over-vigorous brushing or backcombing can rub the cuticle in the wrong direction and make the scales stand up rather than lie down. This leaves the hair looking dull and may make it liable to further damage.
It’s a fact – styling stresses your hair, particularly heat styling. If your hair is already dry it can exacerbate the problem. Giving your hair a styling break is all fine and well on days when you’re going to stay indoors but let’s face it, the dragged-through-a-bush-backwards look doesn’t do anything for anyone.
The trick is to style in the right way, using the right protective products and styling tools. Before using a hairdryer, flat-iron or hair tongs apply a heat-activated protective treatment from the mid-lengths to the ends. Let your hair air dry a bit so that you need to spend less time using a hairdryer. Renew recommends that you use the warm or cool setting and keep the dryer moving that the heat is evenly distributed. Don’t hold the dryer to close to your head and direct the warm air along the shaft of the hair in the direction of the hair growth.
Using the right styling brush can also make a big difference. When blow drying, use a classic styling brush or rounded boar-bristle grooming brush. A natural bristle brush will help lift the buildup of oils at the roots and pull it gently through the hair, protecting it from further damage and reflecting the light so that it looks shiny and healthy. A ball-ended pin brush such as the Denman Paddle Brush is ideal as the air cushioned pad allows the brush to hug the head whilst gently massaging the skin. The results are glossier, straighter hair.
To protect your hair, start with the right shampoo and conditioner. Biosilk Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner contains essential moisturising agents, botanical extracts and herbs to nourish hair as well as soften and hydrate. The entire range contains silk which strengthens, moisturises, protects and adds shine to the hair. It fills any voids on the cuticle layer, protects from heat, UV, cold and pollution, is ideal for all hair types and leaves you with a head of shiny, manageable and healthy hair.
You can also use the CHI Hydrating Silk Bath. It has an extra rich, creamy formula that pampers hair with a moisturising lather, gently cleansing it while nurturing hair back to a soft, silky condition.
If your hair is colour treated, use the CHI Ionic Color Protector Sulphur Free Shampoo.
The sulfate and paraben free products gently wash impurities from the hair without disrupting dye molecules. The CHI Ionic Protector ionic technology helps the key ingredients bond to damaged areas of hair, adding strength and resilience to the colour results. Colorfinity complex, a unique blend of colour protecting ingredients, is designed to protect integrity of hair colour so it stays rich, strong and vibrant.
If your hair is especially dry you need to choose a rich, hydrating conditioner. Biosilk Hydrating Conditioner replenishes dry or damaged hair with essential moisturising agents, botanical extracts and herbs, leaving strands soft and supple. It is ideal for dry or damaged hair.
The Biosilk Silk Therapy 17 Miracle Leave-In Conditioner helps to strengthen, reconstruct and revive tired, distressed hair. It also protects it from splitting and breakage, and lends added thermal protection which is essential if you are using a hairdryer, flat iron or curling tongs. Let it shine
Once you’ve treated your hair give it a little extra help by adding some shine. CHI’s Deep Brilliance Glisten is a lightweight shine glosser which is perfect for adding that lustrous shine to any hairstyle. On long hair it gives a resplendent sheen and on short hair it adds an interesting texture and creates a fabulous finish. Biosilk Shine-On is a unique weightless finishing spray that controls frizz and provides hair with instant shine, as well as UV protection.
Treat it with TLC
Winter-distressed hair needs extra TLC so reach for the treatments. Biosilk Fruit Cocktail reconstructing treatment is an intense deep treatment with natural fruit acids to restore moisture, softness, elasticity and strengthen the hair. Silk proteins penetrate the hair and create incredible shine.
CHI Nourish Intense Silk Hair Masque for Fine Hair contains a HydraSilk Complex which delivers deep intensive nourishment to replenish dry and damaged hair with essential ingredients that moisturise and reconstruct. Normal to fine hair types that are dry and dam-aged will benefit from the conditioning CHI Nourish Intense Silk Hair Masque.
If your hair is colour-treated it needs extra protection to ensure that the colour doesn’t fade. CHI’s Iconic Colour Protector Leave-In Treatment Masque is a daily requirement to protect your hair from all the elements that can damage your colour. The weightless formula with UV filters lightly shields each strand for broad range colour protection whilst giving hair body and shine.
Hair extensions at Dis-Chem
Selected Dis-Chem Pharmacies now stock a range of high-quality hair extensions. These quality ranges offer a variety of styles and textures that integrate with your own hair and can instantly transform your look. Our CoCo and Mini Cut series are made from 100% human hair and can be safely heat styled with your natural hair. Our NeNe extensions are made from non-flammable synthetic fibres and NeNe+ and Kiki extensions are made from heat resistant synthetic fibres mixed with human hair. They provide a safe, economical alternative to hair extensions that can be blow-dried, curled and heat styled using iron tongs or straighteners for any occasion. Our funky Pixi Clips add a flash of intense colour for fun occasions. So give it some thought, pop into Dis-Chem and get the look you really want.