Swinter-proof your hair
Spring, summer, autumn and winter: we all know what to expect in these months. But it's the secret fifth season that leaves your hair in turmoil - we're talking about Swinter. Summer is coming to an end and autumn hasn't even begun yet, but somehow you're feeling winter's presence already with cold winds and occasional frosty mornings joining unbearable humidity. How do you look after your tresses in such weather?
Milk_shake Ambassador Shelley Pengilly has some suggestions.
"Frizz is basically caused when hair is damaged: the damaged section of hair leaves a gap in the keratin which is where moisture gets in, swelling the hair and causing frizz," she told Cover Media. "You need a product that gets in and fills that gap first. Products that simply sit on the hair’s surface, for example hairspray, are no good here."
She suggests something which sinks into the hair as it dries, allowing your cuticles to be covered and preventing frizz. Leave in treatments are a good choice, like her brand's Incredible Milk 12 Effects. Opt for one with a heat protector too as that way you won't add any more damage to your strands.
You may need to take things a step further though, with hairstylist Trevor Sorbie suggesting a certain treatment.
“Opt for a keratin blow dry that de-frizzes hair and is suitable for all hair types," he advised. "They can eliminate bad hair days for up to 12 weeks meaning salon perfect hair can be easily created at home. Even for the most troublesome of locks these treatments have fantastic conditioning agents to add brilliant shine while helping with the overall appearance of the hair – guaranteed Swinter-proof hair”.
Fellow Trevor Sorbie expert, Assistant Artistic Director Tom Connell, believes oil and serum will keep bad hair at bay, especially when its worn in a tight ponytail. Not only will your tresses shine but they will also stay neat, especially when not colliding with your body heat.
"Hair needs to be up so it's off the neck to give maximum wearability in the heat and protection from the damp weather," he added.
It's a tip Shelley agrees with: keeping hair off the head will ensure a neater finish, especially if you get caught in the rain or feel specks of sweat on your forehead and back of the beck. Her ideal 'dos for Swinter? A ponytail, the 'hun' (half up bun) and boho braided bun.