Brittle, dull and frizzy: It's the characteristic trio of bad hair days in the winter. The good news is that it doesn't have to be that way.
Follow these hair care tips for winter damage control:
Shampoo less frequently
If you're vulnerable to an itchy, dry scalp during the winter, try cleansing less often. You can use dry shampoo if your hair needs a lift in between washes.
Dry before you go
You may be used to leaving the house in a rush with damp hair, but avoid it at all costs during the winter. Hair care expert James Corbett told SELF magazine that going outside with wet hair "puts you at risk for breakage and makes your color fade faster."
Say goodbye to static
You're wrapped up in your cozy scarves and sweaters only to find that they cause your hair to be static and frizzy. The real culprit, however, is dry hair. StyleCraze advised using a vented hair brush with a combination of plastic and boar bristles when combing your hair during the winter, plus washing with lukewarm rather than hot water. Finally, use a leave-in conditioner to lock in moisture and prevent the static.
Get your mask on
You love a good face mask, but winter is the time to give your hair the same treatment. Hair masks can help revive and nourish your hair during dry winters, leaving your locks looking healthy and shiny.
Lower the heat
Curling irons, hair dryers and other styling products powered by heat can lead to additional split ends, breakage and dryness during the winter. Forgo the heat if you can, styling your hair in braids, buns and ponytails to give your strands a break from the intense heat. When you do style your hair with heated appliances, make sure you're using protective products like leave-in conditioner.
Keep these tips in mind and you'll be saying goodbye to winter hair woes and hello to gorgeous strands all year long.