HOW TO

How to: grow your hair over winter

Dreaming of long, lustrous, mermaid-worthy locks by next summer? Then use the cooler months to your advantage!

While the rate at which your hair grows is largely determined by genetics, you can take steps to prevent unnecessary breakage and shrinkage.

Refresh your winter haircare routine with these tips, tools and treatments that will help your hair to reach its full potential over the next six months.

IT STARTS WITH THE SCALP

It’s the message you’ll hear a thousand times – long, lustrous hair begins with a healthy scalp. Keep yours in tip-top shape with exfoliating, balancing treatments that whisk away dead skin cells, product build-up and excess sebum (we’re fans of Living Proof’s Scalp Care Revitalizing Treatment).

Treat yourself to a regular scalp massage – not only can it help to relieve stress but it also stimulates the skin, increasing blood flow to your follicles.

THE POWER OF THE PRE-WASH

Before you shampoo, think pre-wash! Tested for over 30 years, 3MoreInches’ LifeSaver Pre-wash Treatment has become a cult favourite for its ability to defeat the sworn enemies of long, healthy hair: snapping and thinning. Its innovative formula contains a cashmere protein, repairing and conditioning each strand at a micro level. Nifty!

Meanwhile, GOOP’s GOOPGLOW Restore + Shine Hair Serum harnesses the power of vitamin C to seal the hair cuticle, while organic sea buckthorn oil adds moisture and shine.

KEEP YOUR COOL

Overdoing it on the heat styling is a one-way ticket to hair damage. Aquis’ cult-favourite Hair Wrap cuts drying time in half – while also helping to preserve the hair cuticle by gently squeezing out water (unlike rough towel drying). When you’re ready to blow-dry or style, always use a heat protectant, such as ghd’s bestselling Bodyguard Spray.

PROTECTIVE INSTINCTS

Speaking of protection – work some UV defence (and, bonus – repair prior damage) into every stage of your haircare routine: we’re fans of 3MoreInches’ Cashmere Protein UV Protective Shampoo and Conditioner (particularly for bleached hair) and Bumble and bumble’s Invisible Oil Primer.

Finally, a deeply nourishing, reparative mask is a must to prevent hair breakage and help you attain those critical extra inches; Briogeo’s Don’t Despair, Repair!™ Deep Conditioning Mask is a MECCA bestseller for a reason!

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