How Often Do I Really Need To Wash My Hair?

Ladies, please raise your hand if you wash your hair daily?

Now, give your wrist a gentle slap if you answered “yes” – and unhand that shampoo this autumn/winter!

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Confession: I’m a newly reformed daily hair washer after my beloved hairdresser recently scolded me for the needless damage it’s doing to my fine, blonde hair. And here’s the crucial bit: we do not need to be washing our hair – or our bodies, according to a recent study, but I digress – half as often as we think we do, particularly during autumn/winter.

And it’s a sentiment espoused by hair guru, Schwarzkopf’s national technical educator, Grant Withnell (pictured), who says no matter what your hair type, we should be keeping the washing to a minimum this autumn/winter to prevent our locks from drying out too much.

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“People think they have to wash their hair every day or every second day, but this is just not the case,” Grant says. “Of course, hair types vary, but I’d advise women to lay off the hair washing in autumn/winter to better protect their hair.

“And always make sure you dry your hair before leaving the house – not only to prevent getting a cold, the combination of moisture and cold air will dry out your hair and make it brittle. Also, as much as we love the feeling of a warm shower in the middle of autumn/winter, try not to have the water too hot – this is another cause of dry, brittle hair.”

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The hair guru’s other top ways to combat autumn/winter damage to our manes is to make like a celebrity (pictured) and only use high quality hair care products. “Autumn/winter can be treacherous for hair!” Grant says.

“My best recommendation for autumn/winter hair care is to treat your tresses once a week with a deep conditioning treatment or mask. Try the Schwarzkopf Ultimate Repair Anti-Damage Mask; it’s the best at repairing damaged hair and strengthening it from within. It also leaves your hair feeling soft and shiny.

“For an intense treatment, take some time to wrap your hair in cling wrap or a shower cap after putting on the mask. This will really allow the product to penetrate deep into the hair. Give it about 15–30 minutes.”

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And if you’re concerned about how to protect your hair colour this autumn/winter, and thereby prolong expensive salon visits, Grant says the Schwarzkopf Extra Care BB Cream is the bomb. “This is really the holy grail in hair products!” he says. “It is the ultimate multi-tasking product containing all the essential benefits you need, in order to achieve and maintain beautiful, healthy hair.

“Refreshing your hair colour is always one sure fire way to give your hair a healthy shine and keep it looking vibrant in the autumn/winter months. Warmer, mocha colours are always more popular during that time of year, but if you’re feeling adventurous, you can always try a dip-dye look with the new Schwarzkopf Brilliance Fashion Lights range.”

So, there you have it ladies. Think of all the money you’ll save on shampoo and, hopefully, salon visits, too!

Images via Hollywood Reporter, George’s Hair and Glamour

5 Winter Hair Care Tips

As the seasons change, so does our hair. Frizz, static, split ends, and limp locks are all common problems our hair endures during winter.

But there is a solution! To help you achieve bright and bouncy tresses for the cooler months ahead, home hair care experts JoBaz has put together their top tips for beautiful hair this winter.

1. Get a trim

Nothing will make you feel fresher than a trim. It’s important to get your hair in great shape during winter. A trim every 6-8 weeks is ideal to keep your hair in excellent shape and to ensure your split ends don’t move up your hair shaft. Whether it’s an inch or two, a clean trim will leave your hair looking noticeably healthier.

2. Brighten up

Amp up your new routine with a winter-inspired hair colour. Going a shade or two lighter or darker on your base colour will give your skin instant warmth. Alternatively a punch of bright colour (think orange-reds or vibrant pinks) is sure to stand out against all that winter black. If you need to remove colour build beforehand or if you make a mistake with your colour choice, don’t worry too much as JoBaz Hair Colour Remover is a great choice to get you back to your natural shade.

3. Give your hair brushes a bath

How can you expect to keep your hair clean if you’re brushing it with a dirty brush? Loose ends, dust and dirt; it all gets onto our hair brushes and that’s why they need a regular wash. Remove any hair that’s built up in the brush (wetting the hair brush first often makes it easier to take out). Fill a container large enough to hold the brush with half hot water and half vinegar. Let soak in a tub for 20 minutes, rinse and let allow it to dry overnight.

4. Treat your hair to a condition

Rescue and rejuvenate winter hair that’s dry or damaged with a deep conditioner. A conditioning treatment will help restore the nutrients and vitamins your hair has lost over the winter season. We love JoBaz Everyday Straight Hair. It contains advanced collagen and keratin protein complex which hydrates and strengthens damaged hair.

5. Seep your strands in oil

Give your hair an in-home oil treatment to rejuvenate your hair. Sweet almond and coconut oils are all great botanicals to use to help repair damaged hair. Apply small amounts of your preferred botanical oil onto damp hair until it’s completely worked into your hair. Cover your hair with a shower cap and a warm towel and let it set for 30 minutes, then rinse and shampoo. To condition brittle ends and smooth fly-aways, mix a few drops of botanical oils with a few drops of sandalwood oil and run it through the ends of your hair.

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Hair Care tips for Winter

Chilly, ice-breaking weather is well and truly here and so are dry extremities. Avoid dry, damaged hair by getting a good deep conditioner. Get luxed up with our five of the best.

Kerastase Creme Richesse

This rich deep conditioning masque is especially formulated with UV protection and vitamins to protect against wind and sun. The only problem we found is the way you dip your hand into the jar. It makes it difficult to not take more than necessary. It gives a good result though. Available at selected pharmacies and hair salons nationally.

Clinique Dramatic Moisturising Conditioner

You wouldn’t expect anything but the best from Clinique Its Dramatic Moisture conditioner comes in a slick, almost medicinal bottle. It gives shine but leave the hair a little heavy. Better for a thick head of hair maybe. All that said, it does look great in your shower. Available at David Jones/Grace Brothers and selected pharmacies nationally.

Pure Hair Aloe Vera Conditioner

The Pure Hair range is nicely packaged and smells wickedly good. It goes on really well with a thick and rich texture. Your hair immediately feels softer and looks shinier after one use. Well worth the extra cash. Available at Lily Jackson Hair and Makeup, Glenmore Road, Paddington, Sydney, phone 02 9360 8708.

John Frieda’s Emergency Treatment

This product has a faint pleasant scent and it is really easy to apply. Your hair will definitely feel glossy and soft. Emergency Treatment is great for curly hair but also for normal hair needing extra help with those harsh winter elements. If your hair gets a bit dry and dull by the end of the day keep this product in your handbag because you can apply it on dry hair. Available at selected pharmacies and hair salons nationally

Wella Vivality Intensive Repair Mask

Okay, this is the one for dry and damaged hair. It is an intensive mask and it smells divine. All you have to do is shampoo your hair, towel- dry and then apply the mask to your hair and leave it for 5-10 minutes. We guarantee that your hair will be frizz free, shiny and luscious. Available at pharmacies and selected hair salons nationally.

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After a session on the slopes, some TLC is always in order: Here we get down to some post-ski pampering, so you will look like the ultra glamour snow bunny this winter.

  • Rejuvenate heavy and tired feet with Aveda Foot Relief.
  • Don’t exfoliate in the mountains because of the dry air and risk of sunburn. Only take moisturising masks. Try Dermalogica’s Moisture Mask
  • Use Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream as a skin protectant. Not only great for your lips but good for hands and cheeks as well.
  • Jump into the Jacuzzi and throw in some essential oils like peppermint and lavender. You will be ready for a quick stint of partying after that.
  • World famous podiatrist and former ski instructor, Bastien Gonzalez, advises to moisturise your feet for two weeks before you even hit the Alps.
  • Bathe in Epsom salts to soothe tired muscles after a hard day skiing
  • You have to look purrfect on the slopes so head to David Jones and grab Chantecaille’s Real Skin SPF 30 compact. This will keep any shine at bay and make you look flawless even if your on-slope style is not.
  • With the stress of not having to get down a black run remember to pack L’Oreal Kerastase Dermo-Calm. This brand new hair range will ease any stressed or sensitive scalp. You’ll reach the end with all those frizzies in place.Half-yearlyclearance

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