Not only does winter often lead to dry, cracking skin, but it can take a toll on your hair as well. From extreme winds to low temperatures, it can be hard to take care of your hair like you should. Don’t worry, there are plenty of easy-to-use, low-maintenance products on the market that are super powerful when it comes to transforming dry strands to luscious locks. We’ve rounded up some of our favorites below.
Aveda Nutriplenish Light Moisture Shampoo
This shampoo perfect for all hair textures and moisture-rich. It contains pomegranate and coconut oils, as well as mango butter and oat extract—all of which work to nourish and rebuild your strands. It’s seriously almost like magic because it leaves your hair feeling so much softer and moisturized, but not too heavy. I can’t recommend this shampoo enough, especially in the winter.
When your hair is already dry and brittle, the last thing you need to do is add on hot styling tools. Thank goodness for this spray. First off, it smells great, but most importantly, it contains serine and glutamic acids, which are amino acids that work to protect and strengthen hair that’s already damaged.
This hair oil is super lightweight — you can smooth it over the entirety of your hair instead of just focusing on the ends. It contains lots of natural oils and works to add smoothness and shine to damaged and dry hair. You can also put it on wet or damp hair before blow drying and use it as a heat protectant.
One problem with dry hair is that it can start to look dull and lifeless, and that’s where this cream comes in. It contains sodium PCA, which is a naturally occurring humectant that absorbs moisture from the air. It also contains moisturizing sunflower seed extract and vitamin E so that your strands hold in moisture.
This hair mask is chock-full of amazing ingredients. Brush a generous dollop through your hair at the beginning of your shower and leave it on for five to 10 minutes. It uses coconut and argon oil, as well as shea butter and fig to condition and moisturize your hair, and it smells like the beach.
Winter is definitely not a time to skimp on conditioner. Similarly, to the hair mask, you should definitely leave it on for as long as you can when you’re in the shower. This conditioner is super rich, so make sure you focus its application on the mid-length and the ends.
If the winter winds have already done a number on your dry hair, it might be time to call in this Living Proof leave-in conditioner. The brand says their secret lies in their patented "healthy hair molecule," which is infused with silk proteins. Whatever the magic sauce is, this product definitely leaves your hair feeling super soft and supple.
Don’t you dare forget about your scalp! This treatment will keep it moisturized with hyaluronic acid, as well as a vitamin B3-based microbiome balancing complex, which works to rebalance and nourish your irritated scalp.
If your hair is already damaged, make sure you protect it from excess water absorption in the shower. This spray, which you put on before you get in the shower, prevents frizz and breakage, all while restoring pH balance to your locks. Let it sit on your hair for at least two minutes before hopping in.
Finally, make sure you’re not ruining all of your products’ hard work by scrubbing your hair dry with a rough towel. Instead, opt for a microfiber towel wrap. It’s machine washable and it will also help your hair dry faster.