The winter season is a harsh time for hair. It dries it out and leaves most hair flat, lifeless and brittle. Allow us to present The Definitive Guide to Winter Hair Products. Not only will you find winter hair care tips from renowned hair experts here, but you’ll also find a wealth of specific product recommendations, guaranteed to keep your tresses in tip-top shape over the dreary winter months. Happy reading!
“I always like to share not only product tips with my clients during the winter months, but also ideas on winterized eating. Just as the hot days of summer make us naturally want to eat lighter meals, the winter has the opposite effect on the human body — for good reason. The body is trying to prepare itself for the cold winter months ahead, and eating the right foods during the winter months will help your scalp and hair remain vibrant and healthy no matter what cold, dry temps Mother Nature throws at you,” says Jonathan Elkhouri, Master Stylist and Owner of Salon Khouri located in Fairfax, VA.
Be sure you eat a balanced diet full of nutrient-dense, good fat foods. Avocado, nuts, and fatty fish such as salmon feed your skin. “Ever wonder why Eskimos don’t suffer from dry skin, even though their winter is especially harsh? Their diet is rich in healthy fats,” says Elkhouri.
Over-washing can cause a scalp to become overly dry, therefore creating flakes which many people mistake for dandruff. Also, when washing, use tepid, not hot water. Water that is too high in temperature will strip oil from the scalp, leaving it dry and itchy. “Your hair needs oil from the scalp to maintain its health,” Elkhouri says.
A Leave-In Is Your Friend
Pick a leave-in conditioner that will protect your strands from the elements. Or, try using moisturizers that you can apply to dry hair in between washes. “This will keep your hair soft and manageable in the harsh cold winds,” says Susonnah Barklow, content strategist for TextureMedia Inc, the media company that owns NaturallyCurly.com.
Deep Conditioning Is Crucial
“Choose a deep conditioner that has natural oils in it, like jojoba oil or coconut oil. This will help battle dry parched hair during the winter months. If your hair is prone to being dry, use a deep conditioner once a week. Leave it in your hair for about 15 minutes and then rinse it out. If your hair is more oily, deep condition once every two weeks,” says Barklow.
During the wintertime, you really want to break out anything and everything with conditioning powers. If you are not a regular conditioner user during the rest of the year, now is the time to start using it to hydrate your hair and keep it healthy and lively so it doesn’t get dull and crunchy during the cold months.
Protective Product Picks
Sei Bella’s Luxury Ultra-Moisture Creme Conditioner is excellent for this, says Grace Mahoney, award-winning Boston bridal hairand makeup artist and owner of Blushing Brides. Using a conditioning hair mask is also a great way to increase the health and shine of your hair which will in turn allow your hair to better react with and absorb any hair products that you regularly use.
The Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask offers powerful deep conditioning for hair in need of an intense moisture boost. The five-minute treatment quickly revives and transforms hair with results that were previously possible only through heat. The mask is formulated with Moroccanoil’s proprietary argan oil blend, a potent antioxidant rich in vitamins and natural elements that fortify the hair, including Vitamin F (Omega 6), Vitamins A and E, to improve elasticity and protect against free-radicals, and Phenols to shield against environmental stressors.
Whether you’re going for a sleek braid or ponytail, a smooth blowout or voluminous curls, you need to protect and moisturize your locks. Oyin Handmade Hair Dew is a creamy yet lightweight leave-in hair lotion with hydrating aloe vera and castor oil you can use on naked, just-washed hair, or pre or post blow dry.
Hydration, Hydration, Hydration (Did we mention hydration?)
“Winter means cold, dry air, which is actually compounded by the heat in our homes being on most of the time. Everyone’s hair and skin dries out, so we need MOISTURE,” says William Corfield, owner of Nude The Salon in Birmingham, MI. Corfield recommends these hydrating products:
Davines OI/All In One Milk makes the hair feel amazing and adds shine, detangles, conditions without adding weight. It also gives protection when heat styling and moisturizes the hair.
Number 4 Lumiere d’hiver Reconstructing Masque is a color-protecting, anti-aging deep treatment masque that infuses moisture and protein to replenish, strengthen and smooth hair. For normal, dry or damaged hair, leave on hair for 3-5 minutes to achieve maximum moisturizing benefits.
Take Your Vitamins
Nourage, a one of a kind hair vitamin, has launched a brand new formulation that includes Biotin, B vitamins, copper, zinc and antioxidants that boost hair and nail strength and shine. Nourage increases skin elasticity by 16 percent and skin moisture by over 30 percent and also improves nail strength, elasticity, color and moisture. Can you say winter-perfect product?
The Right Foundation
The perfect wintertime solution for dry hair? Original Moxie Get Clean! No-Foam Shampoo. This sulfate-free shampoo harnesses the cleansing properties of wild harvested Yucca Root and Soapnut to remove dirt and excess oil without disturbing your scalp’s natural balance, therefore maintaining moisture and elasticity. This is especially useful during the harsh winter months when hair becomes dry and brittle and prone to breakage.
Ostia Intense Conditioner is a nutrient-rich moisturizer that is both a daily conditioner and a weekly deep conditioning mask. Use this formula to restore and maintain the health, moisture and luster of your hair.
The Wella Professionals Thermal Protection Spray is also a great product to add into your routine. This medium hold thermal spray blocks the damage from those pesky hot tools and keeps hair moisturized the whole day through.
Dry, raggy split ends can really ruin a style. Mend them easily with a spritz of Sapien Women Split End Repair. This natural and organic styling aid contains organic oils of Argan, Pracaxi, Madadamia and Buriti as well as Vitamin E and plant-based silicon derived from rapeseed (Brassica napus) a bright yellow flowering member of the mustard or cabbage family (Brassicaceae).
You put the best in your body, try to do the same for what you put your body on. We’re ALL about Savvy Sleepers’ Luxury Satin Pillow Cases for skin and hair. They’re ultra-soft, 100% pure satin and are especially popular during the cold harsh winter months.