But over the last few years I’ve found one or two nifty products that are easing the chill for my poor frozen locks:
1. L’Oreal Professionel Mythic Oil
This stuff is amazing because it’s reasonably good value anyway and lasts FOREVER because you only need a few drops per day. In fact, mine has lasted so long that it looks a bit like they might have discontinued it – it’s suddenly tricky to find on any mainstream beauty websites. It’s still everywhere on eBay and Amazon though. Essentially this works like a frizz-controlling serum but is also nourishing in the process. If, like me, you hate blow drying your hair to death in this weather, you can half-dry it and scrunch a few drops of this (rubbed between your fingertips) into the lengths of your hair before winding it into an up do. Plus it smells delicious: somewhere between honey, roses and fresh baked goods.
2. Aussie Miracle Moist shampoo
Controversially, I’m not in love with the scent of this one. And I do like a nicely scented hair product. One student house I lived in had a horrible fly problem after something died on the roof of our bathroom extension (ah, student life), and the pest guys we called in installed a sickly-sweet-smelling repellent thing to get rid of them – and that’s exactly what this smells like. Like bubblegum gone wrong. But that’s how good the results are – I’m still recommending it. My hair has felt a good 40% less frazzled since using it. But why can’t it smell as yummy as their peachy 3 minute miracle stuff?
3. L’Oreal Nourish and Shimmer Highlights Conditioner
Okay, I’m sounding like a L’Oreal employee at this point, but since I got highlights in August this conditioner has been a lifesaver. Something about L’Oreal shampoos always feels a bit chemical heavy (with not even the pretence of being based on natural ingredients), but whatever this creamy, blonde-specific conditioner does, it works. A little goes a long way and you feel the difference in silkiness instantly.
Three things I do love about winter in London:
1. That post-bonfire, woodsmokey smell in the air.
2. Fairy lights in the trees along the South Bank.
3. Big snuggly knitwear in all the shops. It’s all I can do not to pop in and buy a massive jumper or bobble hat whenever I pass an H&M.