I don’t know about you, but my hair is like an untamed beast in the Winter months. My hair gets poofy, frizzy, and extremely dry with lots of static and flyaways. I used to have such a hard timed trying to manage my natural hair texture in the Winter and it ended up with me always straightening it to try and reduce some of the frizz and static but it would only make my hair drier and frizzier.
Eventually, through trial and error over the course of many Winters, I figured out what works best for every hair type in the Winter and my hair now looks great year round and yours can too with these simple and effective Winter hair care tips.
During the Winter months our hair tends to get very dry, frizzy, and brittle, and these at home Winter hair tips will help you get healthy hair that’s hydrated and nourished all season long.
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The Best Winter Hair Care Tips
1. Oil Your Scalp Weekly
One of the best ways to combat dry and frizzy hair in the Winter time is to invest in great hair oils that will give your hair all the moisture and more that the Winter air sucks out of it. That’s why oiling your scalp and hair is one of the best Winter hair care tips that you need to be using on a weekly basis.
Oiling my hair is also my favorite little secret to how I’ve gotten my hair so healthy and how I grew it 5 inches in just 2 months.
Oiling your scalp stimulates the hair follicles and helps it grow faster AND it’s one of the best ways to hydrate and moisturize your scalp to avoid the dry and flakey scalp that is so common during the Winter.
Apply your hair oils on the scalp, massage it in for at least 5 minutes, and work your way down to cover the entire length of your hair. During warmer months I only focus putting hair oil on my scalp but because of how dry Winter weather makes hair, I like to cover all my hair in it during the colder months.
Make sure to put a generous amount of oil on your ends, too!
Let the oil sit in your hair for at least 30 minutes (but the longer you can the better) and then thoroughly wash it out. I like to wash my hair at least twice when I oil it to make sure there’s no oily residue left in my hair that might make my hair look greasy.
I wrote an article on my favorite hair oils for my scalp as well as exactly how I like to put them on.
Best Hair Oils for Winter
These are some of my favorite hair oils for the scalp and hair, and I would highly recommend applying them weekly (at the minimum!) to moisturize your hair and keep it soft and lush.
In the article I’ve linked, I have an extensive list of the oils I use on my scalp, but these 5 are the best oils for dry hair in Winter!
2. Avoid Heat
You should try to keep the heat on your hair to a minimum anyway, but this is especially important in the Winter time when your hair is extra dry and brittle. Try to protect your hair as much as possible during the Winter months, and that means avoid heat as much as you can!
Adding heat to already dry hair will not only damage it more and make it even drier, but your hair will look really frail and weak once Winter sets in. This is a very simple hair hack that will give you healthy hair and make it look and feel so hydrated.
My natural hair texture is quite wavy and curly and sometimes it’s a lot to tame, so I used to end up using heat on it at least once or twice a week. But I noticed that my hair looked extra weak and dry in the Winter when I would use heat on it, so I’ve switched my hair routine around to almost completely avoid using heat in the Winter.
Now from October to almost February, I try to use no heat on my hair at all and instead put my hair in braids or half up, half down hairstyles.
Instead of using heat in the Winter, try experimenting with your natural hair and see what works for you! I know it’s hard to get used to, especially when you’re not used to styling your natural hair, but it’s going to be such a life saver for your hair in the Winter, especially if you have dry hair.
3. End Your Showers with Cool Water
I know, I know, it seems crazy to say that in the middle of Winter you should wash your hair with cold water, but cold water is great for your hair.
Instead of showering in cold water the entire time, right before you step out of the shower, rinse your hair with cold water. This will lock the moisture in your hair and make it look shinier and less frizzy – which is great in the Winter time when your hair is dry and brittle.
Ending showers with cold water will help seal in the moisture and make your hair feel a lot softer – it’s a home remedy for dry hair that you will be able to see and feel instantly.
4. Condition Your Hair Every Time You Wash it
Conditioner should be a staple in your everyday hair care routine anyway, but especially in the Winter when your hair is dry, frizzy, and extra unruly.
If you’re looking for Winter hair products, then hair conditioner must be on the top of the list because it’s the one hair product that is necessary for dry, static hair in the Winter.
Conditioner makes your hair a lot easier to manage and control frizz while also making your hair soft and shiny – a great way to combat the negative effects of the Winter cold on your hair.
Conditioner will help put back a lot of moisture in your hair and get rid of static hair, flyaways, and dry ends.
Pro Tip: Sometimes when my hair feels extra dry in the Winter I will put a very small amount (about a pea size drop) of conditioner on the ends of my hair after blow drying it to keep it looking hydrated and feeling soft. Don’t use too much, though, because then your ends will look greasy and dirty!
Best Conditioners for Winter
Because hair conditioner is such an important hair care product, I’ve tried dozens of them and always find myself coming back these amazing dry hair products:
- Moroccan Oil Hydrating Conditioner
- Rahua Hydration Conditioner
- Kerastase Aura Botanica Moisturizing Conditioner
- Curlsmith Glow Perfecting Conditioner (one of my favorite Winter hair products for curly hair!)
5. Hair Masks are a MUST
While conditioner is really important, so are hair masks. A good hair mask is exactly what you need to pack in all the moisture and hydration into your hair during the cold, dry season.
My hair is effected really badly by the cold weather, and it ends up looking stringy and limp unless I do a deep nourishing hair mask every other time I wash my hair.
The way I like to think of it is that hair masks are like conditioner on steroids.
Hair masks will give your hair ultra hydration and moisture and will prevent your hair from getting very dry and frizzy in the Winter.
If you also want to know how to get rid of static hair in Winter and avoid flyaways, then a good hair mask is for you! The reason you get static hair is because it’s dry and frizzy – the same goes for flyaways – and one of the best ways to get rid of them is to make sure your hair is moisturized and nourished through a deep conditioning hair mask.
I would recommend doing a deep conditioning hair mask at least once a week during Winter, but adjust it according to how dry your hair is. If you have very dry hair, then try doing a hair mask twice a week, whereas if you have oilier hair, stick to once a week or maybe even every other week.
Best Hair Products for Dry Hair:
Finding the right hair mask for your hair type is so important for Winter hair care because it’s going to be one of the best ways to inject loads of hydration into dry hair.
Here are two of my all-time favorite deep conditioning masks that are perfect for dry hair (if you’re looking for a product for dry hair ends, I would recommend putting more of these masks on the ends of your hair and letting it sit for at least 15 minutes for baby soft ends – it’s great for split ends, too):
6. Limit Your Hair Wash Days (Dry Shampoo is Your Best Friend)
So far, the most important point I’ve made on your Winter hair routine is that you need to add and keep as much moisture in your hair as possible because the cold weather is going to make it dry, flakey, and frizzy.
One of the best ways you can do this is by limiting how much you wash your hair.
Of course, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t wash your hair at all and let it get oily, greasy, and itchy before you wash it, but maybe add another day or two before you wash it. Not washing your hair as much in the Winter will mean that your hair is getting the necessary oils its need and will prevent your hair from getting dry.
And if your hair tends to get greasy fast, a great way to put off washing it is by using dry shampoo.
Dry shampoo will absorb the oils on your scalp and help your hair last longer and look freshly washed. I also really like dry shampoos because I feel like they add a lot of volume and texture to my hair.
Dry shampoo is a staple in my hair care routine for Winter, and it should be in yours, too!
Best Dry Shampoos
I try not to wash my hair excessively, which means dry shampoo has become my best friend! I’ve tried so many dry shampoos and narrowed it down a few that never disappoint.
Note: If you have dark hair, like me, make sure you let the dry shampoo sit for at least 5 minutes and then thoroughly blend it into your scalp and hair with clean fingers. Trust me, there’s nothing more embarrassing than having patches of white powder in your dark hair!
Here are some of my favorite dry shampoos (that work really well for dark hair, too):
I hope these tips for give you the best hair possible during the colder months and protect your hair!