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Repair winter hair in time for summer with the hair doctor

Repair winter hair in time for summer with the hair doctor

August 23, 2011.

Has winter’s big freeze left your hair in a big frizz?

Wind, rain and cold weather – not to mention air conditioning that’s been cranked up – are a recipe for winter hair that’s dry, lifeless and hard to manage. But it doesn’t have to be that way, says leading Kiwi trichologist (“the hair doctor”) Nigel Russell, who is also a Serville's senior stylist/tutor and creator of the Holistic Hair natural hair care range.

As a certified trichologist - a hair and scalp specialist - Nigel is an expert at knowing what’s causing our hair problems and has developed his product range to help overcome these issues.

Nigel has three hot tips to cure winter’s biggest hair woes:

1: Flaky scalp/lank hair - If you’re suffering from a scalp that’s a little flaky along with lank hair, try alternating your usual shampoo with an anti-dandruff variety for a quick fix solution. Remember, your hair gets very used to the same products so always rotate from time to time.

If you have coloured hair plus a flaky scalp, you need to alternate with the right kind of shampoo as solely using an anti-dandruff shampoo will strip the colour.

To treat the problem at the root try a product such as Holistic Hair Hydrating shampoo ($24.75). This shampoo nourishes the scalp using aromatherapy oils and organic ingredients, helping to prevent flakiness while not weighing your hair down.

2. Fly away hair - If you’re working in air conditioning you may find you have issues with “fly away” hair, so try tying your hair back into a loose ponytail and applying a small amount of a good quality therapeutic oil such as Holistic Hair Therapy for Dry Damaged Hair ($26.85). Leave the oil in all day to give your hair a good, long dose of nourishment. Try this once a week and your locks will be in tip-top shape by the time warmer weather hits.

3. Tired highlights - Consider going a darker colour in winter – not only does it suit the season but darker hair tends to be more shiny and less prone to splitting. If you have highlights, try keeping your colour more solid in winter to give your hair (and your pocket!) a break from foils, or try the latest celeb colour trend – low-light balayage (direct hair painting) for a more natural look.

General winter hair care tips:

Nigel says the key cause of winter hair problems is an oily scalp brought on by a mix of things – from eating richer comfort food, to spending all day in warm, conditioned air. This problem can be avoided by not over-rubbing the scalp during washing as it stimulates oil glands, and keeping the water on tepid not hot!

When your hair is looking oily but you want to avoid over-washing it, Nigel recommends spraying the roots with Holistic Hair Sea Spray ($21.45) then blow drying for a volume boost. This product gives hair that fantastic salt air look, without damaging it, and revives hair that needs a wash.


“I see a lot of tired hair at this time of the year which comes down to a lack of vitamins in your diet and from using hair products containing harsh chemicals, which will ultimately damage your hair,” Nigel says. He recommends taking a multi-vitamin during winter and keeping up the fruit and vege intake to ensure the hair has the vitamins and minerals, such as calcium and zinc, it needs for good health.

Holistic Hair
Holistic Hair was born out of Nigel Russell’s desire to use aromatherapy oils and other natural and organic ingredients to resolve his client’s hair issues rather than providing “band aid solutions” It’s this unique combination that has wowed users of the range including Hollywood stylists on Spartacus and Avatar, and local stylists on Boy and all of the Outrageous Fortune seasons – and prompted online orders from all over the world.
Holistic Hair products treat everything from psoriasis and female hair thinning, to over processed and damaged hair. The range is also aimed at other areas of wellbeing including helping to achieve a better night’s sleep – which is a key factor in maintaining a healthy head of hair - using natural sleep enhancers such as Lavender.


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