If the milder, crisper temperatures of autumn are more up your alley than the humid and hot days of summer, unpacking your thick sweaters feels less like a chore and more like a joy. Though wool weather is ideal for chats by the fireplace and jaunts through the snow-covered trails, the friction of the fabric can wreak havoc on your hair. Chances are high you’ve experienced a frizzy hair situation in the wintertime, but do you know what causes those flyaways and unruly curls? Hairstylist Christine Culinski explains that this type of hair woe is caused when the cuticle layer of the hair is open and raised and is more likely with extreme weather, whether frigid or scorching. Dealing with damaged hair? Culinski says you’re even more prone to frizz.
Though you can’t fully prevent the inevitable frizz, Culinski does explain choosing specific products and tools to minimize the poof. “Products containing argon oil work great to calm frizz. A protective styling spray will also work wonders. You should also use a comb instead of a brush when hair is wet to control frizzing,” she explains. If your hair has been color-processed, Culinski adds that products infused with coconut oil will work wonders, too. Since most hair needs a little extra TLC in the form of a styling tool to prepare for the day ahead, Culinski says to always use a protective spray—especially in the winter—to ensure you’re not drying out your ends.
Here are some frizz-fighting products that will keep your hair smooth, silky and spark-free:
Much like your skin, your hair goes through the cycles during the colder months, too. Thanks to the sharp contrast of cool air and dry heat, your normally silky-smooth strands might be a bit crunchier than normal. Add this oil mist into your rotation, which is made to restore moisture and give back that shine to your hair. No matter what hair type you have, the avocado oil and caviar extract are safe and effective. As a bonus, the Abyssinian oil and Alterna’s color-hold technology adds a layer of deep conditioning, too.
Wake up, check your email, turn on the coffee pot and plug in your straightener. This daily habit can pose damage to your hair, as you fry it through a heater time and time again. The solution to ensuring that this doesn’t make your hair super dry in the winter? Selecting a tool, like this one from LumaBella that protects the moisture of your hair, all while combating frizz.
Think Matcha is just for your hot tea in the morning on your way to work? Think again. This product is designed for damaged hair and features Matcha Green Tea Butter as its star ingredient. This formula gives your locks a hand in retaining and implementing some much-needed moisture. Easy on the hair and nose, try this mask once a week for softer strands from the first day of winter to the last.
Though this shampoo might be a bit more expensive than your usual drugstore buy, it’s worth the extra investment if your hair tends to run on the frizzier side. It’s made with hyaluronic acid and grape seed oil that hydrate your hair from root to end, while the A2B molecule enriches your follicles to be stronger, healthier and shinier. To save money, consider using this every other day, rotating with a traditional silky shampoo.
In addition to ranking high on your grocery list, quinoa provides great benefits to your hair, as well as your tummy. When paired with keratin amino acids, you will notice improved vitality and elasticity in your strands. Another grain—rice—is combined with tomato fruit ferment that seals the hair cuticle, eliminating frizz. This standby product is ideal for curly haired gals, or anyone who wants to have shiny hair throughout every snow storm.
If holiday gatherings, ski trips and long flights to warmer weather are calling your name, pack this hair towel along for the journey. With its very fine fibers that even give silk a run for its money, your hair will dry faster and with more volume when you wrap it up in this must-have product. It also helps to break down the likelihood of frizz and split ends in just the amount of time it takes you to wrap it up and continue getting ready for your next adventure.
The laid-back vibes of summer allow you to head to the great outdoors with a wet head of hair, giving the sunshine the opportunity to dry it beautifully. But in the winter? Below-zero temperatures can be dangerous right after you step out of the shower. For when you’re drying your hair more often, invest in this lightweight hair dryer that’s made to lock in shine and volume. Its unique ion technology sets your hairstyle and lowers the amount of frizz in your strands, too.