We hate to break it to you ladies, but winter is finally here. With the clocks going back next weekend and freezing temperatures on the horizon, the time has come to not only dig out your woollies and cashmere socks, but also to prep your bathroom cabinet big time! From dull and dry locks to static-plagued strands, winter can be real nightmare for your hair. Well fret not, fellow Graziettes, as we caught up with hairdresser supreme Paul Edmonds (who tends to the manes of Michelle Dockery and Tilda Swinton we’ll have you know) who shared with us his top tips for your best-ever winter hair. You (and your mane) will thank us later…
Grazia Daily: It’s getting cold out there! Is there anything I can do now to prepare my hair for winter?
Paul Edmonds: “Yes, definitely! Pre-empting is key to winter hair survival. Strong winds, damp conditions and winter sun can all dehydrate hair and make it brittle. Feeling brave? Start by getting a great cut such as the Karlie Kloss bob for an easy style that will look great even on blustery days. I also recommend using Shu Uemura Art Of Hair Essence Absolue, £39.50, on the hair in between washes as it keeps the moisture level up making it glossy without being greasy or tacky while it also contains a sun filter protecting the hair colour.”
GD: What’s the number one hair mistake you see women making in the winter months?
PE: “Keep it simple! In winter you are constantly toing and froing from the hot indoors and cold outdoors which can cause hair to misbehave. Try to work with a simple style which can withstand the different temperatures and environment- stick with what works with you.”
GD: What’s your top tip for glossy winter hair?
PE: “Try to remember that hair is just like skin, but without nerve endings. It will also get dry and fragile without the right care and moisturise, but unlike skin, you won't feel anything until it’s too late and hair is left dull, brittle and will break easily. Try L'Oreal Professional Anti Frizz Hairspray, £8.35, to reduce the way humidity ruins your style and to add gloss and hold.”
GD: Sounds easy enough to me! And how often should you get a trim in the colder months?
PE: “I still recommend every 4-8 weeks depending on your style- shorter hair needs more maintenance to keep the shape than longer hair. I’d also recommend an intense treatment at each appointment.”
GD: Central heating always makes my scalp flaky and dry- what can I do to prevent this?
PE: “The scalp is an extension of facial skin. It requires the same care in order to be healthy, because a healthy and balanced scalp is the source of beautiful hair. Shu Uemura has two great products to treat a flaky, dry scalp. Try their Anti-Dandruff Soothing Cleanser, £29.95, and nourishing scalp treatment Essential Drops Purifying Blend, £29.50.”
GD: What causes static hair? Total nightmare…
PE: “Static is caused by a charge created due to friction when you rub your hair, or positive charges when you use a comb causing the hair to appear frizzy and stand out at the ends. It is more common in the winter than in summer because of the dryer air.”
GD: Are there any shampoos and conditioners you recommend for the winter months?
PE: “Unlike summer the air in winter is dryer and you need to add moisture to the hair. I’d recommend a more nourishing care duo with a weekly intensive mask. Try the Kérastase Nutritive Bain Satin shampoo, £13.20, Nectar Thermique conditioner, £15.12 and Nurti Thermique Mask, £25.90”.
For more information visit www.pauledmonds.com