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6 Most Common Winter Hair Concerns (Plus How to Treat Them)

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Winter can be brutal to your hair. For one, the cold weather takes a toll on your hair and scalp, making it lose a ton of moisture and leaving it dry and dull. Not to mention, the low humidity weakens your locks and makes it susceptible to breakage and hair fall. And because scarves and hats become part of your wardrobe staple, you also get the occasional “hat hair.” While many prepare their skin and wardrobe for the chillier months ahead, they tend to forget their crowning glory: a.k.a their hair and scalp. Fact is, there is more to daily winter hair care than washing it in lukewarm water and ending with a cold wash. Here, we’ve rounded up some top tips from hairstylists and beauty experts on how to winter-proof your tresses!

  1. 1. Prevent Dry, Brittle Hair by Going Sulfate-Free

    Most of us think that the foamier the shampoo, the better. Shampoo lather is due to sulfate and while it helps cleanse the hair, it can also contribute to dryness and breakage. Sulfates strip your hair’s natural oils and make color-treated tresses lose its luster. “Hair health starts in the shower,” says Supercuts Denver hairstylist Cheyyenne Etheridge. “Keratin is one of the ingredients you want to look for in a shampoo, especially when the temps start to dip. It helps rebuild your hair and repair hair follicles, giving it that soft look that everyone wants in the winter months.”
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  2. 2. Keep Dandruff and Itchy Scalp At Bay by Toning and Exfoliating
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    2. Keep Dandruff and Itchy Scalp At Bay by Toning and Exfoliating

    The constant switch from the cold breeze to heated rooms can do a lot of damage to your hair and scalp, leaving it dry and itchy. “If your dandruff is a waxy, large flake, it means your hair is oily and you need to start with scalp cleansing,” explains licensed beauty pro and hair expert Stephanie Johnson of Fusion Specialty Studio Salon in Dallas. “If it’s the tiny, snow-like flakes, it’s dry dandruff and you need more moisture on your scalp and hair.”
    For this, Johnson suggests a natural treatment approach by “putting some castor oil on your scalp before bed to fight off dry dandruff and encourage hair growth while stimulating circulation.” Etheridge also suggests using shampoo infused with tea tree oil “to help replenish the moisture that the winter months can strip away.”
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  3. 3. Add Natural Oils to Tame Frizzy Hair

    Frizzy hair can not only ruin a good hair day, it’s also a telltale sign that your mane lacks moisture. “Switch to a more moisturizing shampoo and conditioner since the winter season can cause hair to become drier,” advises Dani Everson, lead stylist at Clementine Salon in Denver. “Use products infused with light oils like grapeseed oil to control frizz and add luster and shine to dull hair.”
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  4. 4. Prevent Static Hairs with Dry Oil Sprays

    You’re rushing into a meeting and while removing layers of outerwear, you find your hair clinging everywhere—from your hat and scarf to your sweater and coat! Sounds familiar? Static hair or sweater frizz is often caused by dryness and damage, so Everson recommends using dry oil spray to keep it at bay. Dry oils are weightless and are infused with natural oils that moisturize hair, bringing back its softness and shine without weighing it down.
    “After drying your hair, spray from the midshaft to the ends to make sure your hair doesn’t get frizzy. If the roots need some help with static, spray some of the dry oil on your hands and lightly pat the top of the head,” says Everson. Another way to combat static is to “ditch the silicones and let your hair detoxify and breathe,” advises salon owner and Ahnesti Haircare CEO Lorri Weisen. “Most hair serums are made with a high percentage of silicones, which only dehydrate the hair and perpetuate a cycle of overuse. And these silicones (dimethicone and cyclomethicone) are often the culprits to the static we are trying to eliminate.”
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  5. 5. Quench Dehydrated Hair with a Deep Conditioner
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    5. Quench Dehydrated Hair with a Deep Conditioner

    The cold night air strips away moisture from your hair even as you sleep, so to prevent this, New York-based hairstylist at Warren-Tricomi Salon Jasmine Anna recommends “using hair masks for fall and winter. Masks are more hydrating and have higher ceramides in them.” An overnight hair treatment is like a facial sleep mask but for your hair. It deeply conditions, repairs damage and restores strength while you catch up on some much-needed beauty rest.
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  6. 6. Strengthen Brittle, Color-Treated Hair with Leave-In Conditioner
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    6. Strengthen Brittle, Color-Treated Hair with Leave-In Conditioner

    Leave-in conditioners work as a support system for your hair and goes in after shampooing and conditioning. It provides your tresses with additional protection by locking in moisture and adds a healthy glow to color-treated hair. “When it’s colder, people tend to blast the heat in their showers, which could dry out your hair and fade color faster,” says Doug Mengert, butstylist at Bomane Salone. “Using moisturizing agents, like leave-in conditioners, will help tame unruly hair and keep it healthy and not become brittle.”
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