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Your Ultimate Cold Weather Hair Routine

Winter Hair Care Tips - The Moxie on Maple, Salon, Saratoga Springs, NY

When the winter season starts, a new routine is needed to make sure your hair stays healthy (and beautiful, manageable, etc…) during the chilly, dry weather. This article we found on Luxury Hair has the perfect cold weather hair routine.

Your Ultimate Cold Weather Hair Routine

We’ve put together our favorite winter hair care tips and tricks below so you can achieve healthy hair this winter.

1. Moisturize your hair and scalp with hair oil

During the colder months, indoor heating tends to zap a lot of moisture out and dry the hair out, sometimes leaving a dry, flaky scalp. Using a leave-in conditioner or add hair oil to your winter hair care routine to combat dryness effectively. Apply few drops of a nourishing hair oil at the ends every day to help replenish your hair during the winter with the moisture that it needs, preventing it from breakage, and leaving it soft and shiny.

If you suffer from dandruff due to a dry, flaky scalp during the winter months, apply a heavier oil treatment such as coconut oil or castor oil directly to the scalp. Let the oil sink in for 20-30 minutes to deeply moisturize the scalp, then wash your hair as usual.

2. Combat static hair with a dryer sheet

A key sign that your hair is suffering from winter dryness is those fine strands of hair lifting from the head, much like a science experiment gone wrong. To avoid a static party on your head, a simple tip for dry hair is to carry a regular anti-static laundry dryer sheet with you in your bag. Lightly wipe it over the fly-aways and enjoy your instant, static-free hairdo.

Of course, this is just a quick fix, and it is always best to combat the root of the problem when caring for your hair in the winter—in this case, dryness. Therefore, condition your hair regularly, and lock in that moisture with a leave-in conditioner.

3. Avoid frequent hair washes

If you’re guilty of washing your hair every day, it’s time to make a change to your winter hair care routine. Over-washing your hair will strip it of its vital natural oils that keep the hair moisturized and protected, which are more important than ever during the colder months.

Try to extend the period between your washes as much as possible until you find the perfect time period for your hair—if you usually wash your hair every other day, try every two days. If you find your hair is still lacking moisture, try every three days. To help this transition process, use dry shampoo between washes to keep your hair smelling and looking fresh.

Another tip for dry hair? If your roots aren’t too oily, wash your hair with conditioner only and skip the shampoo altogether.

4. Avoid heat styling

It’s no secret that heat styling is a major culprit for dry, damaged hair. When your hair is already in a fragile state during the colder months, heat styling simply amplifies the problem, sucking moisture from hair strands. Embrace your natural hair texture and opt to air dry instead of hair dry whenever possible, using a few drops of hair oil to tame frizz. As well, store your curling iron away for the winter, and opt for heatless curls and waves or use the colder months as an opportunity to experiment with twists, buns, and ponytails.

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