It’s a fact that cold, harsh weather can lead to dry, damaged hair. So let’s get to the root of the issue (pun intended), by addressing the two main culprits behind worn-out winter tresses: Either your scalp doesn’t produce enough natural oil or the condition of your hair is allowing moisture to escape. It goes without saying that soft, shiny strands are #goals no matter the time of year, and that starts with hydration. Hydrated hair not only looks and feels healthier, but it’s able to hold styles better (yes, that means your blowout will last longer). Luckily, there are a number of hair-moisturizing formulas on the market to save your strands just in time for the holiday season. Give your locks a little TLC with these MVPs (most valuable products) stat.
1. Yes to Carrots Nourishing Carrot Shampoo ($9): Over-washing and under-conditioning can lead to devastatingly dry and brittle hair. The first thing to do is switch your shampoo to a nourishing formula and resist the urge to wash every day. Experts say shampooing once or twice a week will definitely get the job done. Use this product to add extra moisture and revitalize tired tresses bi-weekly. Hey, if Kim K admits to only shampooing every five days, it’s good enough for us.
2. TRESemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray ($4): It’s best to keep heat styling to a minimum when the temps start to take a dive. When you do need to blow dry, curl or flatiron your hair, make sure to spritz on a heat protectant before styling to ensure the least amount of damage. This heat-activated formula will enhance the hair’s flexibility so that it maintains its shape post styling.
3. Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Moisture Mist ($12): Add some much-needed conditioning to your mane with a moisturizing spray. Its star ingredient is awapuhi, a Hawaiian flower, which delivers softening effects to hair and reactivates styling products midday. Bonus points awarded, because this product also works well on your skin!
4. Unwash Bio-Cleansing Conditioner ($36): Formulated with rich oils and extracts, this sulfate- and paraben-free conditioner attracts and removes dirt and buildup without stripping your strands to restore balance for healthy, silky locks. Plus, it’s safe for color-treated hair. Win-win!
5. Drybar Bay Breeze Hydrating Shots ($38): These single-use shots deliver essential hydration to dry, lifeless locks. Think of them as the ultimate thirst quencher for your hair. The best part? When used weekly, this super-concentrated formula also supports scalp health.
6. Pureology Fresh Approach Dry Conditioner ($24): Trust us on this — dry conditioner is a winter essential. While dry shampoo can hold it down between washes, dry conditioner actually soothes and softens your hair between styling. We recommend this solution especially for all you color-treated babes.
7. amika Nourishing Mask ($28): When your hair is feeling extra parched, a weekly mask is an absolute must. This luxurious, conditioning treatment deeply penetrates and fortifies your hair and seals those pesky split ends that crop up between trims. This, m’friends, is a must buy.
8. OGX Extra Strength Moroccan Argan Oil Penetrating Hair Oil ($8): This exotic argan oil blend is specially formulated to penetrate coarse, brittle hair that creeps up come wintertime and bring it back to life courtesy of its high-viscosity formula. The oils create a protective barrier from harmful styling heat and UV damage. What more could you ask for?
9. Hum Red Carpet ($25): All the topical treatments in the world can’t help solve your hair woes if you aren’t doing your part on the inside. By that, we mean drinking plenty of water and taking a vitamin — like this vegetarian softgel —that promotes hydrated hair from the inside out.
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