It's the coziest time of the year again. The weather is cooling off, we're looking forward to gathering with family and friends, and every ordinary part of our routine has a bright and merry glow. Make sure your hair shines the brightest for every holiday photo by including winter hair care in the merriment.
Winter may be our favorite time of the year, but the colder temperatures aren't the most welcoming to our hair. All hair types can lose their luster in the winter. Dry air and low humidity mean less moisture for your hair. This causes the cuticle to become rough and leads to breakage. Meanwhile, the outer layer of the hair struggles to suck up all the moisture it can, causing frizz and poof. Damaged hair is less shiny which can cause the color to appear dull, while breakage takes away your hair's natural elasticity. With all the hazards of winter weather on your hair care routine, is it any wonder that so many of us dread holiday photos?
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Save Dry Shampoo for Spring
With lower humidity, your hair isn't absorbing as much moisture in the air. This means you don't need to combat humid hair poof with dry shampoo. In fact, experts recommend laying off dry shampoo altogether during the winter months. While this product may be your favorite on-the-go hair saver, it's actually doing more harm than good if you use it year-round.
Dry shampoo can be a scalp irritant. The added weight causes flaking, itching, and can even contribute to hair loss. That doesn't mean we have to give up dry shampoo completely, but it's definitely best to use part of your hair care routine sparingly. For straight hair, the delicate strands can become oversaturated with the product, which aggravates frizz and breakage. Wavy hair often goes flat with too much dry shampoo in the winter and not enough hydration to replace the lost moisture.
Instead of reaching for dry shampoo, opt for between wash day hacks instead. A high pony, messy bun, or cozy hat are great ways to hide greasy hair without adding more products to your hair's daily routine. Winter is the perfect time to embrace minimalism when it comes to hair care.
Treat Your Scalp and Your Lovely Locks with Hair Oil
We've already covered why dry shampoo is on our winter hair product naughty list. So what can our festive fashionistas use instead to give their locks the extra lift when rushing from holiday parties to ugly sweater office days?
Hair oil is a great addition to your winter hair care routine. Healthy hair starts from the scalp down. Nourishing your skin is the key to maintaining thriving hair follicles. A healthy scalp encourages hair growth, even during the driest months. A hair oil treatment is also amazing for locking in moisture and shine. Healthy oils protect your delicate strands and keep them bouncy, radiant, and ready for every holiday photo.
Best of all, hair oil treatments don't need to make a dent in your gift-giving budget. The best hair oil treatments are right in your cupboard! DIY hair oil treatments are a fantastic option for your cold-weather routine.
Try a simple blend of coconut oil and lemongrass essential oil. You can also mix a dash of argan oil with your conditioner for a time-saving deep conditioning treatment. If you're looking for a more luxurious treatment, one of our favorite recipes by Byrdie includes blending:
- 1/4 cup of coconut oil
- 3 tbsp of extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup of jojoba oil
- 3 tbsp of avocado oil
- 3-5 drops of rosemary essential oil
- 5 drops of sage oil
- 3-5 drops of fragrance oil of your choice
If you're feeling the holiday spirit, opt for a nontraditional scent like warm balsam fir, winter berries, or ginger and mulled spice.
Revive Your Shampoo and Conditioning Routine
Winter calls for an extra special hair washing routine for wavy hair and straight hair alike. Your hair care routine isn't stagnant. In fact, it's great to change it up with every season and style.
Deep conditioning is the number one gift on everyone's healthy hair wishlist. Set some extra time aside for a hair mask treatment at least once a week to keep your locks fresh. Don't skimp on a high-quality conditioner tailored for your unique hair type. Likewise, avoid additives like sulfates and parabens that strip away your hair's moisture. If you've been considering going all-natural, winter is the perfect time to give your hair a rest and reset with nourishing, wholesome shampoo and conditioner.
Consider adding a gentle scalp exfoliation routine to your hair care regimen at least once a week. This will give your hair the extra TLC it deserves in the winter and get rid of flakiness and irritation.
No Heat November
Go heatless this fall to get your hair ready for the chilly winter ahead! The key to achieving gorgeous, glowing hair year-round is minimizing extra heat exposure in the winter months. As glam goddesses on the go, we're constantly rushing from the harsh wind, snow, and rain outside to heated indoor gatherings where dry air continues to wreak havoc on our ends.
We may not always be in control of our environment, but we can seize control of our daily hair care routine by opting to join no heat November. The natural hair revolution is all about minimalism for wavy hair and straight hair. Rather than torturing your locks with harsh blow dryers, discover the gentle drying power of reverse air technology. Our innovative non-drying device can even replace heat styling and save you time on your winter hair care routine.
That means more time for baking cookies, wrapping gifts, strolling shops, and enjoying the season in style.
Winter Hair Care Hacks for Every Hair Type
Sometimes the best hair care hacks are the simplest. These small tips and tricks are great for wavy hair and straight hair. In fact, every hair texture and hair type could benefit from a few cold weather winter hair hacks to save for a rainy (or snowy) day.
Leave your elastic hair ties behind in your beach bag. Wintertime calls for no-pull fabric hair ties. Clips are also a healthy hair approved option for working out in the wintertime. Try to avoid tight hairstyles that tug and pull on your delicate ends. Luckily, the '90s are making a comeback with adorable scrunchies that won't pull your hair. Scrunchies are our favorite winter-style trend to carry you from a day out at the shops to a cozy night in. Don't be afraid to experiment with your style!
Consider replacing your pillowcases and sheets in the winter months with silk instead of cotton. Silk resists static and is the ultimate hack for combating bedhead. If a new bed set isn't on your holiday wish list, make this the gift you treat yourself to. Alternatively, if you'd rather not redo your bed set, opt for wrapping your hair at night. Wavy hair goddesses know silk scarves are amazing for protecting their delicate curls, but many fashionistas don't realize that silk scarves are also a great accessory for maintaining frizz-free straight hair.
Additionally, if you're looking for an on-the-go frizzy hair hack, try dryer sheets! You heard right; a packet of dryer sheets in your purse is the ultimate winter hair hack. This simple trick is great for a quick fix. Simply run an anti-static dryer sheet over your lovely locks and let the magic of science do the rest. Dryer sheets are designed to reduce static and promote smoothness. If you have a little extra time, add a leave-in conditioner to lock in moisture so you can enjoy frizz-free hair longer. Fight the flyaways and look flawless!
Of course, the outside environment is only half the battle when it comes to maintaining luxuriously soft hair. During the winter, we're spending a lot more time indoors. An air purifier is a great addition to any home. Not only will air purifiers reduce indoor dryness to save your hair from going flat and frizzy, but air purifiers provide an extra layer of filtration that may improve indoor air quality. If you're getting ready to spend plenty of indoor cozy time this season, reducing the weight of dry heat on your delicate hair is a must for maintaining hair health in the winter.
Tis the season for gorgeous hair! We know the winter months can be tough on your lovely locks. With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it can be difficult to set aside time to give your hair the extra love it deserves. Luckily, with a few simple modifications to your daily hair care routine, your hair can be holiday-ready in no time
Share your favorite winter hairstyles with us and let us know what your best hair care hack is for the merriest time of the year!