Does your hair have a mind of its own when it gets cold? Yep, winter frizz is a thing. It happens because cold air contains less moisture than warm air, which dries hair out and leaves it brittle.
Time for a rescue plan. We’ve got a routine for keeping your hair hydrated and smooth when all you can think is brrrr.
Use a hair mask
These special treatments go beyond what the average conditioner can do; they’re heavier and packed with strengthening ingredients (look for avocado and jojoba oils, in particular).
To fight frizz, pick one that moisturizes. Apply it to dry hair, smoothing it in from your roots to your ends. We love the John Frieda Frizz Ease 10-Day Tamer.
Reach for frizz-control shampoo and conditioner
And don’t forget: Although it’s tempting on cold days, avoid super-hot water. Just like extreme cold, extreme heat can also damage your hair.
Apply frizz-fighting control spray or cream
And do it while your hair is still wet. Choose one with keratin, a protein known for its straightening and fortifying effects. Two to try: It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In and Orlando Pita Play Atmos-Shield Hair Protectant Treatment Spray.
For really rebellious locks, try a primer. “Use a small amount before you blow dry to keep hair from losing valuable moisture,” says Haley Kimble, Ulta Beauty Artistic Team Member. And don’t forget to refresh throughout the day. Living Proof’s No-Frizz Humidity Shield is a weightless spray, so you can “stack” it on without any buildup.
Try a techie blow dryer
It’s a great secret for how to tame frizzy hair. Look for one with ceramic mineral technology, which infuses moisture deep into the hair and gives it a sleek shine (we love the Bio Ionic GoldPro). Tip: Aim the dryer downward, following as you brush – the focused air helps prevent flyaways.
And don’t forget: Use a round brush with a metal core for a smoother look. If you have more texture in your hair, use a smaller barrel for more control. But whatever you do, skip patting your hair with a towel – that can be too rough on frizz-prone hair. Instead, use a soft t-shirt to soak up excess wetness.
Tap into a super smoother
If your hair is extra-coarse, rely on a real hair saver. Redken Frizz Dismiss Rebel Tame is a leave-in cream that’s great for extreme temperatures (either hot or cold). It’s among the frizzy hair products made with Brazilian Pracaxi Oil, which nourishes and strengthens your strands.
For on-the-go control, use finishing sheets. Redken Frizz Dismiss Fly-Away Fix reduces static when you gently smooth them over your hair. If you don’t have them, you can use dryer sheets (just make sure they’re unscented!).
Here’s to taming the wild this winter!