The only thing great about winter hair is that you’re not super sweaty so it’s easier to avoid the temptation of daily hair washing (I workout every morning so the temptation is high for me!). Unfortunately that’s about the only positive. Cold weather combined with dry indoor heat most often wreak havoc on hair causing split ends, breakage, and an overall dull look. This is not a pretty sight when you’re pale like me. As with most things it’s better to tackle these issues before they become a problem – it’s easier to prevent than to treat. Here are some things you can do now to prevent dry, brittle strands.
- Use a treatment mask
Use a weekly treatment mask or use a mask in place of your regular conditioner (just wash it off instead of leaving it on for 10-15 minutes). Shu Uemura Art of Hair Ultimate Remedy Extreme Restoration Treatment ($68) is specially meant for weak and brittle hair (and smells amazing!). The Ultimate Remedy shampoo and conditioner are also very good because they’re high in moisture.
- Cut back on coloring/highlights
I know this isn’t always possible, but even a few weeks more between appointments can help. Opting for a gloss is a great way to extend the time between appointments and there are now even at-home ones you can use (I’m obsessed with this one from Rita Hazan).
- Don’t go outside with wet – or even damp – hair!
Not only can you get sick, but your hair shaft will expand (remember cold makes wet things expand) causing breakage and color fading.
- Use an overnight serum
Or a hair oil that’s made with nourishing ingredients, like Oribe’s Gold Lust, on dry hair (works better on dry versus wet hair). Just be mindful that they may get your pillow greasy!
- Line your hat with silk
Most hats are made of wool or cotton, but those can cause split ends. To prevent this, line your hats with silk.
Image: W magazine