Are you planning a winter hair makeover?

Nikki Parkinson Beauty 37 Comments

I’m due at the hairdressers tomorrow for my six-week cut and colour appointment.  But here’s the thing.  I’m thinking of tweaking the colour.  Maybe de-blonding a bit.  Definitely not totally.  But maybe a bit.

I really sound committed to the idea, don’t I?

See, just like re-jigging my wardrobe, I like to shake up things in the hair department every so often too.

L’Oréal Professionnel Hair Director Caterina Di Biase for L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival March 2011

L’Oréal Professionnel Hair Director Caterina Di Biase for L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival March 2011

I wasn’t always like this. No.  Far. From. It.

Not so long ago, I was shockingly uninspiring in the hair style department.

It took finding and building a relationship with a hair stylist who “got” me and importantly “got” that I didn’t want massive changes but was happy to be edged out of my safe zone every so often.

I know tomorrow she’ll get that little glint in her eyes when I mutter the words “change” and “colour” in the same sentence.  All hairdressers learn that glint at hairdressing school or while sweeping floors as an apprentice.  It’s the freedom glint, the glint that allows them to exercise a minutiae of creativity with a client.  Some use the glint for good; others for evil.

(I went ahead and did it)

Anyway.

There is a point here.  When was the last time you gave your hairdresser the opportunity to flex his or her glint?

If it’s been a while between hairdresser glints then it’s time to look for inspiration.  Look online, in magazines and at friends’ dos.  Think about what you like about your current style and what you’re getting bored with.

And then talk to your hairdresser.  If you have been seeing them regularly for some time, they know your hair AND your lifestyle.  They’re less likely to take you on a hair journey you’ll instantly regret the moment you step out of a salon.

Three modernised classics are going to be big this year, the first sported by January Jones. Her style doesn’t just look hot on the set of Mad Men. When she hit the Golden Globes red carpet, her sophisticated style oozed class and glamour. On the other end of the scale, you’ve got Emma Watson’s modern day Twiggy cut – I loved this from the moment I first saw it. It instantly transformed her from a little girl into a sexy young woman. Ryan Mitchell, Renya Xydis, Sydney

Actors January Jones and Emma Watson ... two celebs we've got on our hair watch radar Actors January Jones and Emma Watson ... two celebs we've got on our hair watch radar

Actors January Jones and Emma Watson ... two celebs we've got on our hair watch radar

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Winter hair must-haves

Regardless of whether you decide to look at a change of hair colour or style this winter, like our skin, hair does come under stress during the cooler months.  It’s not the time to ease up on your home care regime.

We’re more likely to use our hairdryer and the air is generally dryer (in Queensland anyway!) so hydration is an issue. We’re less likely to suffer from the frizzies, although static electricity problems are possible.

The other good news is that a salon-created style will last longer in the low humidity – and with the right products at home, you’ll be able to stretch out the days between your styling too.

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.  This can look quite cool when left dishevelled with a bit of frizz and fluff and topped off with a nice big chunky knit scarf wound around your neck. Kam Huckins, Gallo Hair, Sydney

1.  Kerastase Paris Elixir Ultime (125ml $48.50).  Oh. My. God. My hair is head over heels in love with this mix of pracaxi, argan, maize and camellia oils.  I add about four “squirts” to towel-dried hair, then comb through before styling.  It smooths without weight like no other hair oil blend I’ve trialled to date.  A little half-squirt rubbed between the palms and then through the finished style adds a shine that’s unbeatable.  You can also add throughout the day or Day 2 and 3 of a blowdry to keep that shine happening.  Stockists:  www.kerastase.com.au or phone 1300 365 552

2.  Sebastian Professional Craft Clay ($35).  This is what you need if you’re going the Emma Watson crop to keep you do raw and texture-filled.  Emulsify into hands and work through dry hair to change texture, mould and separate, with a dry matte finish. Rub at the roots to rough up your style.  Stockists: www.sebastianprofessional.com or phone 1300 728 333

3.  L’Oreal Professionnel Infinium Lumiere (500ml $14.95).  Seriously cannot believe how good value this hairspray is – under $15 for a hairspray that finishes hair with a shiny and luminous finish.  Not a dull strand is left standing.  It keeps humidity at bay, holds like you want it to but brushes out easily to allow you to re-work the hair if needed. www.lorealprofessionnel.com.au or phone 1300 651 141

4.  Pantene Nature Fusion Leave On Creme (100ml $9.99).  This leave-in treatment is from Pantene’s latest range (also includes shampoo, conditioner and penetrating treatment) that is a timely release for protecting winter hair on a budget.  The key part of the formulation is the new Cassia Complex and Pantene’s signature Pro-V technology. It contains avocado oil, grapeseed extract and bamboo. All work to boost your hair without weighing it down.  Available from supermarkets, speciality stores and pharmacies.

5.  Wella SP Hydrate Mask (200ml $34).  Use this mask instead of your regular conditioner throughout winter and not only will you make up for summer’s damage but you’ll protect your hair through the colder months.  You need to keep it on five-10 minutes but it’s worth it.  You can feel the difference after the first application thanks to key ingredients of glycerine, pro vitamin 5, fructose and glucose. Phone 1300 889 886.

6.  ghd Ceramic Vented Radial Brush ($27-29).  Apart from the hair that falls out, the rest of my hair is thick.  It’s a solid arm workout for anyone blow-drying it in a salon; at home I rarely try, opting for a finger dry and straightening iron run through.  That was until I trialled this baby.  Ok, so the ceramic bit helps speed up the drying process and the heat-resistant bristles work through my hair to create volume with ease. Stockists:  www.ghdhair.com/au or phone 1300 880 209.

7.  L’Oreal Professionnel Serie Expert Fiberceutic Thick Hair Masque (200ml $34).  The in-salon treatment is billed as take-home Botox for your hair. It’s designed to “fill” the hair follicle, rebuilding strength, body and volume.  I haven’t experienced the in-salon treatment but it’s applied using a syringe to target affected areas.  Your hair will feel like silk and it’ll last 10 washes (the effect sounds similar to Kerastase’s Chronologiste).  This at-home masque is tailored to thick or thin hair.  You just need to leave in for a few minutes, daily or as a regular treatment, to help protect your hair.  Stockists: www.lorealprofessionnel.com.au or Phone 1300 651 141.

So, tell me … are you thinking of changing your hair colour or style this winter?  What are you planning?  Have you witnessed the hairdressers’ glint?

Comments 37

  1. I actually went blonde last week, despite being a VERY dark brunette all of my life. Big change huh? But i figured why not? Can’t hurt to try.
    I am very lucky with a hairdresser for a best friend who does anything i want at cost of the products needed, which let me tell you makes it EXTREMELY cheaper.

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  2. Very timely post Nikki…..After being quite short and quite blonde for sometime, am thinking of growing it out a bit (short ponytail length) and perhaps a bit more caramel than blonde for winter…….I’m inspired!

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  3. I rang to change my hair appt today to find my hairdresser has left and gone back to the country (her mother is very sick). IT took me about 18 months to find her and I really liked the way she cut my hair. Trying someone else in the same salon and hoping they will be just as good.

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  4. I’m booked in later this month. Sadly my once-six weekly regular appointments with a hairdresser who ‘got’ me have become once every 6 months and I bounce around between two salons trying different stylists trying to find a replacement for her since she moved away … I need a good two inches off the ends, that much I know, however still thinking about the style.
    Thanks for the info re Kerastase Elixer – I’m a big fan of what MoroccanOil does to tame my frizziness, so will track some of this down!

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  5. I once treated myself to a visit to one of NYC’s top hair stylist. He was in the Plaza, but God help me if I can remember his name. I was hoping for a new look, a new me, something only he could create.

    I was 30 at the time and I came out looking 50, with a real “wash & set hairdo”. It was only then that I noticed that all his clients were mature aged NY socialites. Duh. I was so annoyed with myself for wasting my money and time. I would have been better going to the Village and getting a pink mowhawk!(well, not really…)

    So sometimes even the best hairstylist can lack inspiration.

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  6. I’ll go a little darker for winter. I did last year and liked it so I will again. I LOVE my hairdresser! I totally trust her so I’ll go in and tell her to go with whatever she thinks will work on me and look great.

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  7. I went from long time blonde to chcolate brown a few weeks back – and I LOVE it.

    I am seeing a lot of browns and warm chocolates in the season’s colours. I have no regrets and may stay that way for some time since I have had so many positive comments.

    Now, If you could just teach me how to ‘do’ a messy bun….

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  8. I’m off to my hairdresser tomorrow. Thinking a little darker and a side fringe. Not quite sure yet. What do you think?!! Btw I reckon the January Jones look on you would be amazing!

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      Yes and yes! I had full fringe last year and back to side, will probably swap back at some point. Love mixing it up. And re JJ, if only my hairdresser could do the total makeover!!!

  9. Once upon a time I would try anything, short shaved, blonde red and now I just ask for my natural colour, I’m just trying to hide the “sparkles” as my hairdresser calls them. Good luck!

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  10. Reading your post and giggling. Last time I was at the hairdresser I asked them to give me the traditional bob hair cut, bleach my hair, so as to remove all remaining colour and then dye it hot pink… kind of matches the pink in your comment colours actually.

    I like it 🙂 certainly cheers me up for grey Melbourne winter days 🙂

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  11. I have been getting the hair style blues lately… have my 6 weekly appointment next week – but I am at a loss at to what to do. I am thinking going longer again, but that takes time and I’m impatient. Perhaps a new colour will be enough… hmm…

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  12. Ever since I was about 15 I’ve always changed my hair. I get bored and then dye it or cut it. I’ve been long, short, red, platinum, chestnut and every shade in between.

    I’m currently thinking about what I want to do next. For some reason I always want red hair when I’m pregnant!

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  13. I got my hair cut two weeks ago. I said, ‘Do what you want!’

    Well, he did….

    It doesnt look great… In fact… It looks terrible… So I am now getting used of UPSTYLING my hair! *sigh*

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      1. No, its not. Sometimes it turns out really well, other times its up crap creek.

        It was my first visit to him, too.

        The worst part is that he has given me a fringe… 🙁

  14. he he – you could always try going to get your hair cut in KL Nikki, then walk out permanently straightened and bobbed! Felt like it was time for a BIG change! Said to the little Malay haridresser – I want mine like yours and well …. 3 hours later, I did! Enjoy your day 🙂

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  15. Just had my Winter Makeover on Friday. Blonde to Dark Brown with foil highlights. So get what you mean about the glint. When the young girl asked what colours were used to enter in their system about 12 differents codes were reeled out. I’m really happy with it and so glad I decided to change it!

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  16. I always go to the hairdresser and say “whatever you think!” after telling them what has and hasn’t worked for me in the past. I figure they’re more likely to be inspired and do a great job if they know they have artistic license, within reason!

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