Dry, itchy hair? Here are six tips for the colder months

WINTER is always a hard time to keep hair luscious and healthy.

As the cooler months slowly creep closer, Toowoomba hairdresser Kerry Prendergast said it's imperative to look after your hair and scalp to avoid dry, itchy hair.

Miss Prendergast is the owner of Inch Hair Productions on Margaret Street and said dry winter air wreaks havoc up top.

"Hair is just like skin," she said.

"Your skin dries out and your scalp gets itchy and so you need moisturiser on your scalp."

She recommended the use of a light moisturising product but warns to start the product at the bottom of the hair and work your way towards the roots.

Hairdresser Kerry Prendergast cuts Donna Flint-McKenzie's hair at her Margaret Street salon
Hairdresser Kerry Prendergast cuts Donna Flint-McKenzie's hair at her Margaret Street salon Bev Lacey

For people with dry, itchy scalps, Miss Prendergast recommended the frequent use of non-drying products.

"Wash it a little bit more and use your moisturising shampoo and conditioners."

Miss Prendergast also endorsed the use of salon products.

"The products that aren't from salons really, really dry the hair out," she said.

"Especially for winter, they (salon products) have a lot more moisturising elements in them.

"Even though they are more expensive, they are going to last a lot longer."

Miss Prendergast highly recommends using salon products as they are higher quality than their supermarket counterparts.
Miss Prendergast highly recommends using salon products as they are higher quality than their supermarket counterparts. Bev Lacey

SIX HANDY tips for winter hair care.  

1. Shampoo and condition regularly. 

"I would probably say wash it every two to three days if you're getting a flaky scalp," Miss Prendergast said.   

2. Use a leave-in moisturiser.

"Through winter, always use a leave-in moisturiser after you've conditioned."   

3. Use a thermal protector.

"If you're going to use any straightening irons or a blow-dryer, use a thermal protector."   

4. Use a weekly treatment.

"Once a week, either come into the salon or buy a weekly treatment from your salon. That restores all the moisture that is lost throughout winter."  

5. Don't colour your hair at home.

"Colour it in the salon. The box colours use a very high level of peroxide. It's really blasting your hair and opening the cuticle and it can damage it."  

6. Shampoo twice 

"Your first shampoo will get rid of oils, built up products and dirt in the hair. Your second one is going to cleanse your scalp, which is always good for winter."  


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