The dreaded frizz–it’s hair enemy number one in winter. Thanks to rapid changes in humidity levels (and heated offices) coarse, dry strands and fly-aways make themselves known to all and sundry. The result? Everyday hairstyles–much less a smooth blow-dry–are that much harder to perfect.

“In the colder months, your hair can lose elasticity and plumpness, making it frail and lacklustre,” says celebrity hairstylist Anthony Nader. “In winter, it’s extremely important to nourish and feed your hair, not only to maintain natural hydration levels but also to ensure your ‘do lasts throughout the day.”

Here, Anthony reveals how to combat winter frizz…

SKIP THE HOT SHOWERS: We know, it’s the toughest step to take on chilly mornings. But, says Nader, “Saturating your hair in steaming hot water strips your locks of natural oils, leaving them dry and damaged with no protection from the elements. Instead, opt for lukewarm showers and always use a hydrating shampoo and conditioner.” We love O&M Hydrate & Conquer Shampoo and Conditioner, $29.95 each;1300 724 635.

TRY THE BLOT-DRY TECHNIQUE: The more you rub your hair with a towel to dry it post-shower, the more it will ruin the hair cuticle. “Particularly damaging for coloured hair, this can leave your locks frizzy due to the friction,” explains Nader. “Instead, gently press your hair between the folds of the towel.”

OPT FOR HYDRATING HAIRCARE: ”Along with a hydrating shampoo and conditioner, use a conditioning treatment rich in ingredients such as aloe vera, argan oil and macadamia nut,” says Nader. Try the Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask, $44.50; 1300 437 436. Use it at least once a week or whenever you feel like your locks need an extra dose of TLC.

ALWAYS USE HEAT PROTECTANT: ”If you’re a slave to your hairdryer–or any other heat appliance–always ensure you use a heat-protectant spray on damp hair before you begin styling,” recommends Nader. “This will coat the hair cuticle and prevent the heat from causing damage.”

BUST OUT A BRAID: The red carpet and runway are proof that braids are sure to stick around for another season–and they’re an easy, fuss-free style to create, particularly if you want to keep frizz at bay. “Here’s a quick tip that no-one will notice,” says Nader. “Before you begin braiding, rake a dollop of conditioner through the ends of your hair to keep it smooth and hydrated.”


– Hayley Bennett for InStyle


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