Hair is most vulnerable to damage when it’s wet, so when it’s regularly rain-soaked in winter it needs extra support.

Couple that with the strong winds (causing knots) and varying temperatures between the cold outdoors and radiator heated indoors, you need to think about your locks as the seasons change.

The good news is there are simple things you can do that maximise the strength of your hair, avoiding breakage and weakened strands.

Nicole Petty, hair expert at extension brand Milk + Blush, shares her tips for maintaining good hair health in the autumn and winter.

Go longer between washes

Nicole explains: ‘The harsh weather can easily dry out your hair so you’ll want to avoid washing your hair so often and stripping your hair of its natural oils. 

‘Swapping out your hairspray for dry shampoo is a simple solution for minimising hair washing, adding volume and keeping your mane in check when on a busy social schedule.’

To get an extra day out of your hair, try dry shampooing before bed.

‘Your hair produces the most oil overnight, so this will help you wake up with refreshed, non-greasy hair,’ Nicole says.

Ditch hair bands

Instead of bands, go for scrunchies and hair ties that are softer on the hair.

‘Traditional hairbands, especially those with metal fastenings, can wreak havoc on hair, particularly when hair is more vulnerable to breakage during the colder months.

‘Scrunchies won’t pull your hair and can reduce headaches from hair being pulled too taut by a hair elastic,’ she says, adding they’ll make hair less likely to get tangled in them too.

Try a new colour

Bleach dries out hair, so if you’ve been going for light blonde hair for the summer, it could be a good time to tint it brown or let your natural hair grow through.

‘Try swapping out light blonde locks for glossy, maintainable darker shades like rich chocolate, or even deep espresso for the hottest brunette hues this season. 

‘Or try upgrading classic autumnal shades. The balayage trend isn’t going anywhere, so look to darker roots with red, plum or copper ends for a multi-dimensional fall look.

‘If you can’t bear to part with your blonde tresses, face-framing highlights aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. It’s a subtle way to brighten hair without having to use too much damaging bleach,’ Nicole says.

Think about your diet

Diet can have more of an impact on your hair than you might think.

‘To best maintain the lustre of your locks, add foods that are high in nutrients, such as oily fish, legumes such as lentils, peas, and chickpeas, lean protein, nuts, and leafy greens. 

‘Autumnal favourites such as pumpkin, mushrooms and butternut squash are full of nutrients including iron, vitamin E and vitamin C which all help promote healthy, strong hair,’ Nicole suggests.

Tackle static hair

Do you find your hair becoming more static as the weather changes?

That’s down the air having less moisture in the autumn and winter, which in tun dries out your hair and causes it to get static.

Nicole recommends making a ritual out of using hair masks once a week to restore moisture, looking for ingredients such as honey, mango, shea butter, coconut and argan oil.

‘These are all known to hydrate, moisturise and soften brittle and dry hair,’ she says.

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