Winter Hair Tips from Gallo Hair

Colourist Francesco Petrone and stylist Kam Huckins from Gallo Hair reveal the advice they will be giving clients to keep hair in tip top condition this winter.

Colour's worst enemy is water
Hair colour strips hair of its outer lipid layer, making hair more porous, so it absorbs and releases water easily. Every time your coloured hairs gets wet, the water takes some colour molecules with it, and so colour fades.

Stick to lukewarm or cold water to wash your hair. Heat makes hair colour leach faster so the hotter the water is, the quicker the colour loss.

Biggest hair colour money savers?

Semi permanent colours are the most economical way of colouring your hair.
Choose a colour close to your natural colour and you wont have an obvious colour regrowth , and you’ll be able to go longer between having your hair coloured.

Why does hair dry out so much in winter?
Hair, just like our skin, dries out due to the lack of moisture, winter’s low temperatures and excessive winds affect hair. Heating our homes in winter removes vital moisture, drying hair out further. Using that hair dryer more than in summer, and not using any protective products, does your locks no favours.

Is it ok to go outside with wet hair?

Many people prefer a ‘wash and wear’ style, allowing their hair to dry naturally, and while this can work well in the warmer months, leaving the house in winter with wet hair on a regular basis can be detrimental to your overall health as well as to your hair. The cool winter air and harsh winds can be very tough on hair and lead to excessive dryness and breakage.

The question people ask you most about their hair colour?
Q: How can I make my colour last longer?

A: The best way to keep your colour looking good is to maintain the hair condition. Good quality shampoo, conditioner and treatment mask will help keep your hair healthy so that it can hold on to colour longer.

List two things you wish your clients would do for there hair colour in winter?
It’s all about products! Having a great colour saving shampoo and conditioner is a must SP Color Save by Wella will slow colour fading. And be sure to use an intensive conditioning treatment at least once a week, with the high level of protective ingredients to help rejuvenate your hair.

Hairstyles that work well for winter

You can usually get away with going a bit longer between shampoos in winter and this means that you’ve less drying to do too. A few days in and your hair’s natural movement has probably settled in quite well so why not work with it and pile it up into an un-fussy bun or mussed braid?

The most common hair mistake people make?

Not having regular cuts and an unwillingness to cut off what is really necessary to ensure their hair looks and feels its best.

Favourite must have product for winter hair care?

Investing in a professional hair mask and complimentary leave-in product can go a long way to helping your hair survive throughout the year, including the changing of seasons. Wella’s System Professional Repair range has a wonderfully nourishing mask as well as a protective leave-in product (Perfect Ends) that will assist in manageability and protecting the ends, as well as coating and caring for any split ends that are present.

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