As much as we love curling up by the fire and admiring the snowfall during the winter months, the dropping temperatures are not always so kind to our strands. Because of the harsh winds, frigid temperatures, and snow, we deal with dryer, frizzier strands and lack serious volume and shine. That’s why your hair care routine is going to need a major seasonal overhaul!
We tapped Rachel Graham, Matrix artistic educator, who breaks down exactly why switching up your hair care routine for a new season is a must.
"It is important to change up your hair routine every season because the weather and lifestyle changes can affect hair dramatically,” Graham explains. "The winter months can also take a toll on the hair due to how dry the air can be. Hair can become dry, brittle, and more prone to flyaways."
So when exactly is the perfect time to make the change? According to Graham, you should get started a few months prior to the winter chill.
"I recommend my clients start changing up their routine sometime in the fall to get ready for the colder months ahead," Graham says.
Ready to solve all of your winter hair woes? We’re breaking down the products you need to combat every winter hair concern.
The Best Products For Every Winter Hair Problem
For Dull, Damaged Hair: L'Oréal Professionnel Absolut Repair Resurfacing Golden Mask
If your strands are prone to damage during the winter months, committing to a weekly hair mask can make breakage and split ends a thing of the past.We recommend adding L'Oréal Professionnel’s Absolut Repair Resurfacing Golden Mask to your winter hair routine. This mask instantly nourishes and restores weakened and damaged hair, leaving it shinier and softer.
L'Oréal Professionnel Absolut Repair Resurfacing Golden Mask, $40.00 MSRP
For Dry Hair: Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Overnight Serum
The root of most winter hair problems? Dryness. When it comes to maintaining moisture, the colder months are basically your strand’s worst enemy. That’s why, in addition to your weekly hair mask, we recommend letting a hydrating overnight serum work it’s magic while you sleep.
Shu Uemura Art Of Hair Essence Absolue Overnight Serum softens and nourishes dry hair from mid-lengths to ends while taming frizz and improving manageability. Wondering how to add an overnight serum to your routine? It’s simple: Before bed, apply a dime-sized amount of the product evenly throughout damp or dry hair. In the morning you’ll wake up with softer, nourished hair—no need to rinse!
Shu Uemura Art Of Hair Essence Absolue Overnight Serum, $69.00 MSRP
For An Itchy, Flaky Scalp: Mizani Scalp Care Calming Lotion
Nothing ruins a good hair day like dealing with an irritated, itchy scalp. Aside from scalp exfoliators and gentle shampoos, there’s one more product anyone dealing with winter scalp woes needs: A scalp lotion, like Mizani Scalp Care Calming Lotion. Formulated with menthol, eucalyptus oil, aloe, and avocado oil, this product nourishes and soothes to help maintain scalp comfort.
Mizani Scalp Care Calming Lotion, $20.00 MSRP
For Frizzy, Staticky Hair: Redken Frizz Dismiss Anti-Static Oil Mist
You know that staticky mess you get at the crown of your head every time you wear a hat? Winter beanies make for a stylish and cozy accessory, but they can also leave you with frizzy, unruly hair. If you’re dealing with uncontrollable frizz this winter, combat it with Redken Frizz Dismiss Anti-Static Oil Mist. This frizz-fighting formula instantly smooths flyaways and static without weighing hair down.
Redken Frizz Dismiss Anti-Static Oil Mist, $32.00 MSRP
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