Along with the upsides of winter (Cozy layers, lit fireplaces, and hot cocoa with mini marshmallows, anyone?) come a few downsides, especially when it comes to your hair. (Can you hear the static in the air?) Don’t worry, though, there are ways to beat bad hair days when the weather is less than appealing. Here are some of the most common winter hair woes and how to fix them.
1. Straw-Like Strands
Much like with static hair, when the moisture levels in the air drops, your hair can tend to become dry and brittle and even feel a little like straw. This is especially true for curly-haired girls, since coiled hair is drier by nature.
The Fix: There are a few things that need to happen: (1) Chill on your hot tools usage and give you hair a break. (2) Implement more moisture into your hair care regimen with a hydrating shampoo, conditioner, and a mask with hydrating ingredients like coconut milk or argan oil. (3) Sleep on a silk or satin pillowcase, or use a satin-lined cap like this one to help retain any moisture you’re putting back into your hair. If your hair is still dry, apply a leave-in product onto your strands for extra hydration; for fine, straight hair, use Davines Dede Hair Mist, and for thicker, curly hair, use KMS California Curl Up Control Creme.
If you color your hair, colorist Aura Friedman at Sally Hershberger Salon in NYC suggests asking your colorist to apply Olaplex (a formula that strengthens broken bonds in your hair) onto your hair before dyeing it. She also recommended ordering a bottle for at-home use to saturate your strands before washing to keep your hair from becoming dry and to prevent breakage.
When temperatures dip, your hair picks up an electrical charge from the dry air, causing it to stand up, trichologist (aka hair doctor) Philip Kingsley says. And since it’s common in the chillier months because the air is less moist everywhere, you have to work extra hard to combat it.
The Fix: Keep as much moisture in your hair as possible so it’s less susceptible to the effects of dry air. That means switching to a more hydrating shampoo and conditioner that suits your hair type; using a tourmaline or ionic hair dryer, which won’t deplete your hair of its moisture like other regular dryers can; stashing a dryer sheet in your bag and lightly running it over your strands when you’re on the go; rubbing some hand cream in your palms and smoothing it over the staticky strands to calm them; and sleeping on a silk pillowcase (regardless of what your hair texture is, since cotton absorbs moisture and silk retains it).