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I don't know about you, but the minute the weather cools off I can tell it by my hair. So I thought it was the perfect time to share my favorite winter hair care tips!
With an oily scalp and dry ends (not to mention, color-treated), my hair can be problematic year round. I especially notice a change once the thermometer starts dropping.
My scalp starts getting itchy, the ends are even drier than usual, and I'm definitely prone to static ... there's nothing quite like having your hair standing straight on end! I've always been a little vain about my hair, so none of that leaves me very happy.
Thankfully, I've learned some easy winter hair care tips over the years that I can't wait to share with you.
Choose the Right Shampoo
Choosing the right shampoo and conditioner is one of the most important things you can do for your hair this winter. Even if you normally use lighter products, switching to formulas that are rich and nourishing will make an immediate impact on your hair.
Like I mentioned earlier, my scalp gets really itchy when it's cold out. The temptation to scratch is pretty much nonstop at this time of year! Rather than suffer, I use Head & Shoulders.
Head & Shoulders is perfect people who have occasional dandruff, as well as people like me who have everyday scalp stress from using too much product, sweating, or hair styling. I've been using Head & Shoulders for as long as I can remember ... it's kind of my secret for managing winter hair (shh). It keeps my hair healthy, shiny, smooth, and flake free, all while soothing my itchy scalp. I also love that it never dries out or damages my color-treated hair.
I have a bad habit of borrowing my husband's, but recently I picked up my own bottle of Head & Shoulders Instant Relief Shampoo. The shampoo has a wonderful, fresh scent and from the minute I applied it (leave it on for 3.5 to 6 minutes for best results), I could feel an instant, cooling relief on my itchy scalp. I especially love how it left my hair looking, smelling, and feeling great, even after just one use. When my hair looks beautiful, I feel more confident, no matter what the weather is!
Always Be Conditioning
Oils and styling creams will moisturize your hair, and using them helps eliminate dry ends, frizz, and the dreaded static cling. Make sure to watch out for products that have a high alcohol content (like hair spray), because it can dry out your hair, too.
Personally, I love using hair oils at this time of year. I've tried a bunch, and each one is formulated differently. Some are heavier and some are lighter, so make sure to apply a little oil at first, then only add more if you need it.
I like to place a little oil in my palm, then warm it up between my palms before applying it to my hair. Concentrate most of the oil on the ends of your hair, then work whatever is left through the rest of your hair. A little oil will weigh down your hair, minimizing static and flyaways, and smooth out any frizz.
Limit Your Use of Heat Tools
If your hair is dry in winter anyway, cut down on blow drying by washing your hair every other day. Then, make a habit of gently brushing your hair before you go to bed to help distribute natural oils from the scalp to your dry ends. Don't like skipping a shampoo? Choose a gentle product, like Head & Shoulders, that's safe to use every day.
My favorite way to get waves without heat is by braiding my hair loosely. Simply add a few braids throughout your dry hair, then go about your business and remove them later for no fuss waves.
If you can't resist using a hair straightener or curling iron occasionally (I'm guilty, too!), apply a heat protector first and use as low of a heat setting as you can get away with.
Protect Your Hair from Winter Weather
Never go outside with wet hair, because it can freeze and break ... quite the mental image, right? But even dry hair needs protection. Cover your hair with a hat and tuck the ends into a scarf or your coat to shield it from harsh weather.
Avoid hat head by choosing a looser hat and by parting your hair in the opposite direction that you plan to wear it. When you remove your hat, apply a little styling cream to tackle frizz and flyaways, then flip your part for instant volume!
I hope you've enjoyed my winter hair care tips! Make sure to visit Head & Shoulders for more hair care resources, too.
How do you protect your hair when it's cold out?