When winter rolls around, our beauty routines often fall out of whack and our hair health doesn’t fall far behind. The low temperatures paired with low humidity is a recipe for any and all hair-day fiascos, so we rallied up the professionals to find out how to put an end to the winter (hair) blues.
Flyaway Hair and Static
With winter comes dry air, and with dry air comes dehydrated locks. “Static is a side effect of a lack of moisture in the hair, which is why I recommend using a shampoo and conditioner that adds moisture,” explains celebrity hairstylist Johnny Lavoy, adding that the excessive use of styling tools can help increase the chances of hair standing on end.
Lavoy recommends using hot tools with Ionic technology to help combat static. Celebrity hairstylist Enzo Angileri says that it’s important that we don’t let our hair become to dry. “You will never see or have any static if you keep your hair moisturized,” he adds.
Our Winter-Approved Picks:
ghd Air Professional Performance Hairdryer ($225)
Infusium 23 Moisture Replenisher Collection Shampoo and Conditioner ($7)
Somehow, split ends and dry hair tend to come out in full force during the winter. To correct the concurring issue of split ends, Lavoy recommends frequent trims. “Think of a split end like a chipped nail: If you don’t clip it or file it down, it will continue to chip; same with hair. It’s important to protect your hair to keep this from happening.” He also advises using a leave-in conditioner and a heat protectant spray because excessive heat can also cause split ends. “If you use curling irons or flat irons, you should make sure you use one with adjustable heat settings for this same reason.” To moisturize dehydrated locks and avoid split ends, Angileri recommends using a great hair mask.
Our Winter-Approved Picks:
Living Proof No Frizz Leave-In Conditioner ($24)
PRO Beauty Tools 1” Ceramic Shine Digital Straightener ($38)
Flat Hat Hair
Whether facing freezing temperatures or simply dressing for the season, hats and beanies are a common accessory and hair problem during the winter, so our experts recommended a neverfail hairstyle for this very season. “If you have long hair, collect all of it on the top of your head, twist it very softly, and make it into a soft bun, with no pins or rubber bands,” explains Angileri. “Put your hat on—it will hold your hair in that position until you remove it.” Lavoy adds that by doing this, you are directing the root in the opposite direction it’s going to fall once the hat is removed, giving your hair tons of volume. “The bun is a great way to keep the curl or wave in your hair because the hat will trap your body heat, acting as a natural setting tool,” Lavoy says.