Just as we think we have our hair under wraps from the damage of sun and salt that summer brings, winter hair brings on a whole different host of issues. Basically I can’t keep up! And did you guys know that aging hair is a thing?! Just like your skin, your hair needs to be babied. Dry, brittle winter air means our hair needs major moisturizing. I do my best to only shampoo my hair on an “as needed” basis which winds up being 2-3 times per week. When you see me wearing a hat, you know I’ve stretched it one day too long 🙂 I’ve been using a few products that I swear by to restore moisture and protect from breakage. And my hair stylist along with other team members at my traveling salon, Concihairge, are sharing their professional winter hair tips below as well!
Winter Hair Tips + Must Haves
Use a super hydrating shampoo and conditioner. I have been using Moroccan Oil Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner. Note: the shampoo is highly concentrated so you need to add lots of water to fully activate the suds. The conditioner is amazing – you will feel the difference immediately.
Treatment is key. Before blow drying my hair I always use a dime size amount of Moroccan Oil Treatment and work it through the ends of my hair. It tames frizz, protects, and makes hair more manageable.
Baby those locks with alllll the hair masks. Just like your skin, your hair needs tons of moisturizing! I rotate between using a few different hair masks to make sure my hair stays as healthy as possible. Olaplex is a once weekly, ten minute treatment that repairs damaged hair (highly recommended by my stylist especially between color treatments). If I need a midweek boost, I use a StriVectin Hair Deep Repair Mask which you can just leave on for a few minutes in the shower. When my hair is feeling really “off” I go for the overnight mask, While You Sleep – it’s pretty amazing. I do recommend getting a shower cap or a towel turban to wrap your head in while you sleep so it doesn’t get all over your pillow. Smells amazing and your hair will thank you!
And when in doubt, a super moisturizing pick me up. Oribe is an amazing hair care line (also love their dry shampoo) and their Super Shine Light Moisturizing Cream is perfect for when your blow dried ends look like they need a little love (and a lot less frizz). This product can be applied to wet or dry hair. I love using it most later in the day when my hair needs a little more life.
And now a few Winter Hair Tips from the pros at Concihairge…..
“Make sure that you don’t leave the house with wet hair (and not because you’ll get sick)! Anything that is cold expands, and that can happen to your hair shaft in these freezing temperatures. This can lead to breakage and cause your color to fade faster. When you do blow it dry, make sure you’re using a good thermal protectant. I love this one from Bumble and Bumble!”
–Monica Bada, Concihairge Regional Stylist, Suburban Philadelphia
“A Malibu Makeover treatment is a perfect treatment to fight winter hair blues. This is a two-step treatment done in the salon that removes build up and impurities from your scalp and ends and then reinforces the hair with moisture and protein to help prevent further damage. If you find that dry scalp is a constant problem for you in the winter months, follow up with Malibu’s Scalp Therapy at home once a week. It has special crystals that naturally soothe the scalp while delivering vital nutrients to create a healthy hair environment.
Also, don’t forget to drink lots of water, eat healthy, schedule regular trims and brush scalp to ends before shampooing to help keep your hair looking its best.”
–Cate Whoriskey, Concihairge Regional Stylist, Suburban Philadelphia
“I’ve sworn by warmed coconut oil or olive oil massaged into the scalp and then combed through the ends to combat winter dryness. Twist up and clip on top of your head. Leave it on for 20-60 minutes (also a good time to apply your favorite face mask!), rinse, and then shampoo. One good scalp cleansing shampoo usually works if you have thicker hair, but if you have a finer texture you may want to shampoo twice to make sure it’s doesn’t weigh too heavy on the hair.”
–Corissa Benn, Concihairge Regional Stylist, Suburban Philadelphia
“There’s no better time than the winter to start co-washing! If you’re unfamiliar, co-washing is a shampoo free, conditioning way of cleansing your hair. It cleans, hydrates and conditions your hair all in one step. You are a perfect candidate if your hair is extremely dry, damaged or naturally curly. It will bring your hair and curls back to life, without all the frizz! My favorite is Moroccan Oil Curl Cleansing Conditioner If you want to learn more about the benefits of co-washing, check out this article.
–Alysha Marie, Concihairge Regional Stylist, Northern Virginia Suburbs