If you live somewhere with a cold climate, and have any length of hair on your head, chances are you’ve experienced at least one of the ways winter can wreak havoc on hair. Not only is it too frigid to willingly be outdoors, we spend most of these months battling the hair woes that come with the season’s elements and wardrobe. From dull, limp, and lifeless strands to the most annoying of winter hair problems—static—and staying-in till March probably seems like the only option.
The situation may seem dire, save for a tropical vacation. But if boarding the next flight down south is out of the question, there are more realistic ways of dealing with whatever winter hair woe may be plaguing you. On-the-go fly-away sheets, and a nourishing hair mask are just a couple items you can incorporate into your routine to minimize the season’s damaging effects (and your frustration). Winter is no match for the following hair-saving products.
1. Redken Frizz Dismiss Fly Away Fix Sheets
Beanies, scarves, and wool sweaters combined with the lack of moisture in the air create winter’s most irritating hair issue: static. Fight it by stashing Redken’s handy fly-away sheets in your handbag for touch-ups throughout the day.
2. Bumble and bumble Invisible Hairdresser’s Oil
During summer, our manes tend to have a natural, radiant glow, but once the temperature hovers around freezing, hair quickly turns dull and lackluster. Get your shine back by running this lightweight fix that’s a blend of six oils and two extracts, before or after blow-drying strands.
3. Phyto Phytokératine Repairing Thermal Protectant Spray
Since air-drying is out of the question in frigid temperatures, our heat tools get quite the workout throughout the season. Too much heat can do a number on your hair. Your best bet is to apply a thermal protectant spray each time you use a styling tool to shield strands from overexposure to heat, which can instigate extra, unnecessary dehydration on top of seasonal dryness.
4. Paul Mitchell Volumizing Spray
Under our hats, even the most voluminous of manes fall flat and limp. Put the bounce back in your hair by spritzing a volumizing spray on damp hair with extra attention on the roots. Paul Mitchell’s formula does double duty and also works to prevent winter’s royal pain: static.
5. Oribe Soft Dry Conditioner Spray
Washing hair too often dehydrates it in any climate, but overdoing it on shampoo when it’s cold out and the air is already lacking moisture will escalate dryness. Use a conditioning spray to hydrate your ends between washes. You might even think your locks get better the longer you extend your style.
6. Pantene Pro-V Moisture Mist Detangling Light Conditioning Spray
Winter winds can whip your hair into a tangled mess, and render the time you spent styling your strands wasted. Not to mention that hair rubbing against your coat and scarf doesn’t help the cause. Combat unruly knots by treating your mane with a detangling spray when it’s damp to keep it smooth once you’re bundled up and head out the door.
7. Davines Nounou Hair Mask
By mid-season, hair is cracked and severely parched due to dry air. Applying a rich, repairing hair mask weekly will restore your mane’s essential moisture. Davines Nounou mask is an effective option that nourishes strands and also contains anti-oxidants, olive oil, and vitamin E for further protection against winter’s temperamental elements.