Celebrity hairstylist shares his simple trick for keeping hair glossy during winter – and why you should treat your locks the same as your skin
- Celebrity hairstylist Jaye Edwards has shared his simple tips for winter haircare
- He is the founder of Edwards and Co, Australia’s leading salon chain
- Mr Edwards says while clients are often afraid to use oil, it is ‘essential’ in winter
A hairstylist to the stars has shared the affordable five-step routine he uses to keep hair sleek and glossy 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 colour, book in for regular trims, avoid heated tools, drink two litres of water per day and invest in a light oil or serum.
Mr Edwards – who operates eight salons across NSW, VIC and Queensland and styles the tresses of top models including Georgia Gibbs – says while his clients are often afraid to use oil, it is ‘essential’ for all hair types in winter.
He says women should treat their hair just like they care for their skin because 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 newly styled locks
Celebrity hairstylist Jaye Edwards (pictured) says women should follow a five-step routine to keep their hair healthy in winter
‘In the drier winter months, your hair, like your skin, loses moisture faster, so it’s crucial that you hydrate correctly and consistently,’ Mr Edwards said.
The lack of humidity in cold air can cause the cuticle of the hair strand to lift, he explained, which prevents it from locking in moisture and leaves it brittle.
To prevent this, Mr Edwards says you should start by dyeing your hair with a colour that ‘melts perfectly to your natural tones’.
‘Something like a sun-kissed blonde or sparkling brunette will only enhance your natural features, but future-proof your colour,’ he said.
Mr Edwards says women should dye their hair a low-maintenance colour like sparkling brunette (left) and book in for regular trims (right) to prevent split ends
Mr Edwards says you should dye your hair a colour that ‘melts perfectly to your natural tones’
Choosing a shade close to your natural colour will also cut down on lightening and high-lighting treatments that can dry hair out, Mr Edwards added.
Because winter weather increases the chance of split ends, he says it’s a good idea to book in for regular trims – 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 whenever possible and replaced with creative looks such as braids that will keep hair healthy.
Mr Edwards says women should treat their hair just like they care for their skin because both are damaged by cold air in the same way
And when it comes to protecting your hair from the inside out, Mr 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 coldest winter months, he also recommends swapping conditioner for a mask once or twice a week and applying a light serum such as Virtue Labs Healing Oil ($60) every day.
Jaye Edwards’ hair trend predictions for 2021
1. 1970s ‘shag’ cuts
In a resurrection few saw coming, Mr Edwards says the shag cut is back in a choppy, modern interpretation of the iconic disco-era hairstyle.
Created by barber Paul McGregor, the shag cut is a style that has been layered to various lengths and feathered at the top and sides.
2. Auburn colouring
Natural-looking auburn tones and coppery blondes are making a huge comeback, Mr Edwards says, while more obviously dyed shades have fallen out of favour.
3. The Pixie
‘Timeless, classic and bold’, Mr Edwards predicts a revival of the ’90s-inspired pixie cut in 2021.
Short, layered bobs which grow out 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 back in a big way as women embrace their natural waves and turn away from heated styling tools, according to Mr Edwards.
He previously told Daily Mail Australia the closure of beauty salons at the peak of the pandemic is responsible for the nationwide shift towards a more natural look.
Mr Edwards says if there’s any hair colour that transcends season, it’s bronde, a combination of brown and blonde-toned ombré shades and balayage that is flattering on almost anyone.
6. Warm blondes
After years of platinum shades dominating the salon chair, this autumn Mr Edwards says he is getting more requests for warm blonde which helps to enhance the skin’s natural glow, making you look younger.
‘Shag’ cuts (left) last popular in the 1970s and auburn colouring (right) are back in fashion, according to top Australian hairstylist Jaye Edwards