Save Your Hair from the Coming Cold with These Tips and Tricks

The cold weather is fun for wearing your favourite fall pieces and sipping warm drinks, but it can be brutal on your hair. All the humidity you dreaded in the summer is gone, and if you’re not careful, your hair could end up a brittle mess. So, to keep your strands healthy and luscious all winter long, try these editor-approved hair tips.

For curly hair:

Curly locks need the most moisture year-round, so keep them extra hydrated by switching out your conditioner for a hair mask or deep conditioner. Similar to a face mask, a hair mask provides a potent dose of moisture (and other benefits) to your hair. Normally hair masks can be used once or twice a week, but if your hair is really in need of moisture, use a hair mask after shampooing every day or every other day.

A great hair mask for curly hair is the Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask with Prickly Pear Seed Oil. It’s great for managing and controlling frizz (which curlier hair types are most prone to) and is also safe for coloured hair.

For straight/fine hair:

Thinner hair types get oily more easily, and might benefit from less conditioning than curlier hair types. To avoid over-moisturizing and creating build-up, try conditioning the hair first, and then rinsing with shampoo. This method is great for giving hair moisture without leaving it weighed down and oily. Be sure to apply the conditioner only to the ends of the hair (about halfway down the hair shaft to the ends), as these areas require the most moisture.

A great conditioner for straight or fine hair types is Verb’s Volume Conditioner, which provides weightless lift and body to straight hair, which can often become flat.

For thick hair:

Thicker hair types need a lot of moisture, but don’t need the extra weight conditioner can give. To help retain more moisture during the winter, try washing hair less. Instead, brush the hair more (to distribute the natural oils created by the scalp to the ends of the hair) and apply a bit of dry shampoo to any oily areas.

Try Living Proof’s Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo to absorb excess oil and odour, and leave hair manageable and feeling clean.

Remember to be kind to your hair this season—go easy on the hot tools, moisturize whenever you can, and if all else fails, a hat is the perfect cover-up accessory.