You’d have to be a freak of nature if this time of year was making your tresses look lustrous. Central heating and cold winds have turned my barnett into a haystack of gigantic proportions. But I have a beauty trick up my sleeve.
Turns out, as wonderful as a hair mask or rich conditioner is, if you start your regimen with a nourishing shampoo, you’re half way there already before you condition. I’ve lined up my top five shampoos that are perfect for the winter months.
I can’t get enough of my Khadi Rose Shampoo (£12.90). It’s not like any shampoo I’ve used before: it’s dark and runny, almost treacly in appearance and has the most beautiful scent. Containing rose, liquorice, and vetiver roots, its Ayurvedic formula restores elasticity and helps prevent hair breakage – perfect when ponytails are the only way of dealing with this incessant rain.
Next up is from Aveeno: a brand I was more familiar with for its dry-skin busting creams and lotions. I’ve been using their new Skin Relief Soothing Shampoo (£9.49) on the whole family – it’s designed to help tackle a dry and sensitive scalp so it’s perfect for the kids’ eczema. Central heating can have a harsh effect on your scalp, leaving its feeling dry and itchy, and this seems to sort that in just one wash.
My purse friendly option is from Aussie – Winter Miracle Shampoo (£4.19) uses the word ‘Winterdom’ on the bottle, which made me love it immediately. A great dullness-buster, it contains Australian ginseng extract and pearl powder to boost shine until spring arrives.
When the weather – and blow-drying – gets too much, I am currently reaching for ed Repair Reconstructing Shampoo (£9.99) from Chill. This super-rich little number uses milk protein, honey, keratin and silk amino acids to start repairing before you even reach for the conditioner.
Finally, from Christophe Robin is a peach of a shampoo. Well actually, a pear: Regenerating Shampoo With Prickly Pair (£30) is admittedly not cheap but you hardly need any and my goodness, this is a game-changer. So nourishing, you could even skip the conditioner, this hydrates strands from root to tip and makes you feel all ‘salon’ in your own bathroom.