A celebrity hairstylist shared the affordable five-step routine he uses to keep hair sleek and shiny during the cold winter months.
Jaye Edwards, founder of Australia’s leading salon chain, Edwards and Co, says women should dye their hair a low-maintenance color, reserve for regular cuts, avoid heated tools, drink two liters of water a day and invest in a light oil or serum.
Mr Edwards – who operates eight salons across NSW, VIC and Queensland and styles the braids of high-end models, including Georgia Gibbs – says that while his clients are often afraid to use l oil, it is “essential” for all hair types in winter.
He says women should treat their hair like they take care of their skin, as both are damaged by cold air in the same way.
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A client of Australia’s leading hair salon, Edwards and Co., shows off her new locks
Celebrity hairstylist Jaye Edwards (pictured) says women should follow a five-step routine to keep their hair healthy in winter
“During the drier winter months, your hair, like your skin, loses moisture more quickly, so it’s crucial that you hydrate yourself properly and regularly,” Mr. Edwards said.
Lack of moisture in cold air can cause the hair strand’s cuticle to lift, he explained, preventing it from retaining moisture and making it brittle.
To avoid this, Edwards says you should start by dyeing your hair in a color that “blends in perfectly with your natural tones.”
“Something like a sunny blonde or a sparkling brunette will only enhance your natural features, but will make your color permanent,” he said.
Mr Edwards says women should dye their hair a low-maintenance color like sparkling brunette (left) and reserve for regular cuts (right) to avoid split ends
Mr. Edwards says you should dye your hair a color that “blends in perfectly with your natural tones”
Choosing a shade close to your natural color will also reduce lightening and lightening treatments that can dry out hair, Edwards added.
Because winter weather increases the risk of split ends, he says it’s a good idea to reserve for regular cuts – once every six weeks or so – to keep your locks in good condition.
He says heated styling tools like straighteners and curlers should be avoided where possible and replaced with creative looks like braids that will keep hair healthy.
Edwards says women should treat their hair like they take care of their skin, as both are damaged by cold air in the same way.
And when it comes to protecting your hair from the inside out, Edwards says it all comes down to drinking enough water.
“If you are dehydrated on the inside, it will show on the outside,” he said.
During the colder winter months, he also recommends replacing the conditioner with a mask once or twice a week and applying a light serum such as Virtue Labs Healing Oil ($ 60) each day.
Jaye Edwards’ hair trend forecast for 2021
1. ‘Shag’ cuts from the 1970s
In a resurrection not many saw coming, Mr. Edwards says the shag cut is back in a modern, choppy take on the iconic hairstyle of the disco era.
Created by barber Paul McGregor, the shag cut is a style that has been layered at different lengths and feathered on the top and sides.
2. Auburn coloring
Natural-looking auburn tones and brassy blondes are making a comeback, Edwards says, while more overtly hued hues have fallen out of favor.
3. The elf
“Timeless, classic and bold,” Mr. Edwards predicts a revival of the ’90s-inspired pixie cut in 2021.
Short, layered bobs that grow evenly over time are also making a comeback, as women opt for hassle-free styles that require little maintenance.
4. Curly bangs
Curly hair is making a comeback as women embrace their natural waves and turn away from heated styling tools, Edwards says.
He previously told Daily Mail Australia that closing beauty salons at the height of the pandemic was responsible for the nation’s shift to a more natural look.
Mr Edwards says if there’s one hair color that transcends the season, it’s bronde, a combination of brown and blonde ombre undertones and a balayage that flatters almost everyone.
6. Hot blondes
After years of platinum hues dominating the living room chair this fall, Edwards says he’s getting more and more requests for warm blonde that helps enhance skin’s natural glow, making you look younger.
‘Shag’ cuts (left) last popular in the 1970s and auburn hair color (right) are back in fashion, according to top Australian hairstylist Jaye Edwards