How to Cure Dry Winter Hair
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How to Cure Dry Winter Hair

It’s no secret that winter can be especially harsh on your hair. Between the dry heat at your office and battling the elements outdoors, your locks are in need of some serious hydration this time of year. But if the last time you had a good hair day was like, August, it’s probs time to do something about it. Thankfully, Fernando Salas, owner of White Sands Haircare, is here to explain the science behind your winter hair woes. Here’s everything you need to revive your style.

1. How can you tell if your hair is actually dry? If your hair is frizzy, that’s a telltale sign your strands are in dire need of more moisture, Fernando says. When your hair is balanced with the proper amount of moisture, the environment will not cause a change in your style. (Photo via iStock)

2. Is a protein treatment the winter-hair cure-all? Hair is approximately 91 percent keratin protein, so it’s often vital to replenish it, according to Fernando. Here’s a trick to know if it’s time: Take a strand of wet hair and gently pull. If it stretches and snaps back to the original length, your hair is properly moisturized. However, if it stretches a lot and then snaps off, it is time to try a protein treatment. One budget-friendly option is the Hask Keratin Protein Smoothing Deep Conditioning Packette ($3).

3. What products should you add to your routine? Fernando says to achieve the perfect moisture balance, you’ll have to first repair any damage caused from color processing and natural UV and UVB damage. You can do this with the proper shampoo, conditioner and treatment that best suits you. He recommends the White Sands Hair Care’s Orchid Bliss Conditioner ($44) and other products in the same line, which contain the orchid flower extract Bulbophyllum. This funky sounding ingredient provides the hair with the ability to hold moisture and control frizz.

4. How can you maintain your shiny locks? Shine is a byproduct of the proper moisture balance from a closed cuticle layer. As you work to restore it, try a hair oil, like Morrocanoil Treatment ($34), which lends a sheen to hair and nourishes it as well.

5. Should you just give up on your dryer/straightener during the winter months? Please say no! Luckily, Fernando says if you use the right products consistently, you can still use hot tools all year round. Phew! Just don’t forget the heat protectant before you style, like Drybar Hot Toddy Heat & UV Protectant ($30). Noted.

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