Post-Winter Hair Spa

03rd October, 2017
Delia du Toit and Juliet Pitman

Even with daily moisturising, winter can make your face feel like the Sahara. Imagine how your hair must feel! Winter can be brutal to hair, says Sue Roper, stylist and manager at Dis‑Chem Professional Hair Salon in Hillcrest, KwaZulu-Natal.

“Less moisture in the air makes your hair dry and brittle, while curls just tend to hang limp. Your scalp also dries out, causing traces of dandruff. You might even lose more hair due to the lack of hydration! On top of that, static leads to knots, which leads to split ends.”

Luckily, your hair should start improving as the temperature and humidity levels rise, she says, but it will need some extra care to look its best again. The good news is that there’s a whole arsenal of help at your disposal.

Your New Washing Routine

If your hair is fine or limp after winter’s onslaught, Sue recommends turning your washing routine on its head: Apply your conditioner first, and then shampoo your hair.

“Conditioner tends to build up in your hair and can weigh down fine hair. By conditioning prior to shampooing, you’ll wash out some of the conditioner, which will give your locks more body.”

A word of caution, though: If you have very dry or damaged hair, stick to the standard shampoo-then-condition routine, says Sue.

“Dry hair needs as much nourishment as possible and the only way to do this is by opening up the hair cuticle with shampoo and then letting the conditioner soak in. The layer of conditioner will also protect the hair against any further damage.”

If you also want to soothe a dry or itchy scalp, use a shampoo or conditioner that contains tea tree oil for an all-in-one nourishment session. Try:

  • CHI tea tree oil shampoo balances scalp oils and invigorates tired hair.
  • NaturVital sensitive shampoo with aloe vera gives hair a moisture boost.
  • NaturVital sensitive conditioner with sage extracts will inject more moisture and a healthy shine.

Give It Some TLC

Now is the time to treat your hair to a moisturising mask. This will improve the condition of your post-winter locks, says Sue. And don’t stop there – apply an intensive nourishing mask after every seven washes to keep your crowning glory in a healthy condition.

To nurture your hair right from the roots, give yourself a scalp massage. Not only will this remove dead skin cells, but the increased circulation will help nourish your hair. After applying conditioner, begin massaging your scalp at the hairline above your forehead and work your way back to the base of your skull. Use medium pressure while moving your fingers or a massage brush in a tight circular motion. Try:

  • Denman hair shower brush makes an in-shower scalp massage a breeze.
  • NaturVital hair mask with juniper and aloe vera repairs and hydrates for soft, shiny hair.


When you comb and when you brush can make a big difference to the condition of your hair.

“When hair is wet, always use a comb to remove knots and tangles. Brushing wet hair can cause breakage, so always do your detangling with a comb,” advise the experts from Denman.

The Denman Detangling Comb has a carbon fibre additive to make it anti-static.

As long as it’s done on dry hair only, brushing helps loosen knots from the hair and dead cells from the scalp. Brushing from the roots to the tips also helps smooth the hair cuticle to make it shine. We like the Denman, Cala and Basics ranges all available from Dis‑Chem. When it comes to heat styling, never touch a drier or iron without first applying a protective treatment from the mid-lengths to the ends of your hair. As the humidity rises, you should also start setting your styling tools to lower temperatures to maintain the moisture level in your hair, says Sue. Try:

  • Dis-Chem heat protection spray, an essential pre-styling serum.
  • Dis-Chem silicone shine spray will give your hair added shine after styling.

Call In A Pro

A good cut and style is essential at the end of winter. By getting rid of those split ends, your hair will look healthier. Sue also suggests getting your hair coloured with a Redken Shades EQ semi-permanent shade, available in Dis-Chem Salons. The ammonia-free colour will improve your hair’s condition and give it extreme shine. While you’re there, pick up one of these great post-winter TLC products:

  • Shampoo and conditioner: Schwarzkopf’s Moisture range will give dry hair the boot. There’s also a leave-in conditioning spray and balm if you need extra moisture between washes.
  • Treatment: Redken’s Diamond Oil range of intensive masks will give dry hair a much-needed moisture boost.
  • Scalp help: Redken’s Scalp Relief shampoo helps control a dry, flaking scalp.
  • Pre-styling treatment: Redken’s One United is an all-round multi-benefit protective styling treatment.