Have you ever noticed your hair color going darker in the winter and wondered why? As if the lack of daylight hours, wind, rain and dropping temperatures wasn’t enough, the colder months can take its toll on our hair color and quality, too. Well, look no further- read on to find out how to get a hair color as dazzling as your party dress this holiday season, with some tips and tricks to maintain your color and shine right on through to spring.
If, like me, you have blonde hair (natural or otherwise- your secret’s safe!) you may have noticed that during the winter months, the color can darken a shade or two. The primary cause of this annoying fade and lack of pep is a combination of lack of ‘natural daylight’ in winter months that normally makes everything around us appear brighter, coupled with an absence of those sunshiny UV-rays which help to lift and lighten your hair color and intensify the blonde.
Obviously, there are a wealth of simple home remedies to correct this, ranging from lemon juice to chamomile tea, but if you’re looking for faster results (or something to elevate your color even further) simply lifting the color with gentle blonde hair dye home kit should suffice in giving light brown or dirty-blonde hair a seasonal facelift back into the baby-blonde or platinum shades.
Looking after your hair from the Inside
There is a lot of truth in the old saying that “it’s not just what’s on the outside that counts, but the inside too.” Just like any part of the body, our hair requires the right nutrition for optimal growth. Recently social media has been buzzing with news of the latest Kardashian-family business venture, SugarBearHair Vitamins, which claims to supply all right the vitamins needed for strong, healthy locks to rival the luscious shiny manes of Kim and Kendall’s. Thankfully, simply by tailoring your diet accordingly, there is a cheaper (and natural) way to achieve shiny hair, without reaching for supplements. Make sure you supply your body with plenty of Biotin (also known as Vitamin H) via foods such as brown rice, oats, lentils, bulgur and green peas. Biotin is a major player in hair conditioning as it enables the creation of Keratin, the building block our body uses to produce healthy hair and nails.
Other foods which can contribute towards your hair’s color and quality include pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5) to prevent hair loss and aging, which can be found in whole grains and eggs and oily fish such as salmon contains omega-3 fatty acids which supports hair growth and condition.
When it comes to bold color, high-shine is one great way to grab the little bit of light there is and amplify your color’s intensity. If you’re not doing so already, avoid dry hair caused by stripping out the natural oils but skipping shampoo* a couple of times a week, and instead conditioning only (*AKA “co-washing”, the latest trend in hair care, doncha know!)
Another tip to incorporate into your routine is to give your hair plenty of regular TLC with a weekly mask. As you know, we love natural and DIY alternatives here at Mama Dweeb, and of course you can make your own hair-friendly masks with everyday kitchen ingredients; coconut oil, beaten eggs yolks, honey, avocado and mashed banana are all known for their strand-nourishing properties while beer poured on to hair will give a fabulous shine, thanks to the sugars and B vitamins it contains. Happy cooking!