10 Steps to Winning, Winter Hair Care

Maintaining your hair in the winter months is tough. Breakage, dandruff, and split ends all come to visit. Here’s our no-fail list of hair care tips to help you survive those cold winter months.

  • Fight frizz—With winter comes static…and frizz. Wash your hair with luke warm or cool water to preserve the natural oils as hot water will likely strip your hair and leave it dry and frizzy.
  • Keep your hair and scalp hydrated—Dandruff and dry scalp are a common problem this time of year. The air is much dryer and makes it harder to retain moisture. As a fix, try massaging your scalp gently with Diamond Oil.
  • Avoid excess heat—Heat is harshest on hair in the winter. Try to keep the flat iron, curling iron, and hot tools to a minimum—especially if your stands are damaged or prone to breakage.
  • Deep condition—Once a week should do the trick. Deep conditioning preserves, strengthens, and moisturizes your tresses for longevity. We recommend Redken’s Extreme Strength Builder Plus Fortifying Hair Mask.
  • Don’t go out with wet hair—Wet hair and cold air do not mix. Leaving out while wet is harmful and leaves your strands dry and prone to breakage, damage, the whole lot. Take the extra time to make sure your hair is dry before making this mistake.
  • Protect your hair from the elements—Would you go outside this winter without a coat? Your hair feels the exact same way. The winter weather is extremely drying and harsh. Be sure to put on a hat, scarf, or hood when outside.
  • Avoid over-styling your hair—When it’s cold outside, you want to be as nice to your hair as possible. Less manipulation is better. The more you pull, tug, and fry your locks, the more damage you’ll see—especially in these cooler months.
  • Get trims regularly—Even when utilizing as much care as possible, your ends are prone to suffer some damage throughout the cold season. Do yourself a solid and get trims regularly (every 6-8 weeks) to keep you hair in tip top shape and put a stop to splits.
  • Seal your ends—Use a light oil to seal moisture into your ends prior to blow-drying. This method helps to prevent breakage and preserves the most fragile part of your hair. Redken has an amazing Diamond Oil that would be ideal for sealing ends.
  • Dry your hair correctly—Never rub your hair dry with the towel. Instead, squeeze the excess water from your hair then gently use a towel to blot. Blow dry your hair on cool or air dry to maintain moisture and minimize damage.