Just like you switch up your skin-care regimen in the winter, you also need to modify your hair-care routine come the colder months. "Hair needs more TLC in the winter to fight things like static and dryness caused by the elements," says Greg May, the owner and creative director of Greg May Hair Architects in Toronto.
2. Counteract dry hair
"Don't shampoo every day unless you need to," says May. Also avoid really hot showers, which can dry out your scalp, and try a shampoo and conditioner that have nourishing ingredients such as keratin or argan oil.
Consider adding a deep-conditioning treatment to your routine once a week or once every other week, or try a leave-in treatment as an alternative. Sleeping on a satin pillowcase will also help keep frizz and static at bay, allowing your style to last a bit longer.
3. Choose the right styling products
Look for products that contain lanolin, silicones or dimethicones, which smooth dry hair and reduce static, says May. If your hair is looking really fried, try a shine spray containing olive oil, jojoba oil or safflower oil and make sure that all of your styling products are free of alcohol as it can dry out your hair.
Use a boar-bristle brush to help distribute natural oils while brushing and opt for a ceramic or tourmaline round brush to put moisture back into your hair when blow-drying. Always finish your blowout with a shot of cool air – it helps close your cuticles and adds shine and health to your hair. Finish your look with a light hairspray to keep down flyaways if needed.
4. Go for a good haircut
May recommends cutting some fringe into your hair in the winter to frame your face when you're wearing a hat. Plus, fringe is a great look for winter, as it won't stick to the natural oils of your face like it can in the hot summer months. It's also easier to keep the ends looking fresh with a great cut.
Make sure your stylist doesn't add too much texture, though, warns May. "In the winter, if you texturize too much you can create more frizz and static," he explains.
5. Pick the best hair colour for each season
If you colour your hair, May recommends asking your stylist to add a topcoat to your hair with a flash finish or a gloss. "Think of them as protein shakes for your hair," he says.
Rich, dark colours are also a good choice for winter because they can be less damaging than lighter shades.