There's nothing like running your fingers through soft, silky hair. Unfortunately, if you live anywhere with cold weather, you know all too well the effects of a harsh winter on your hair. From strong winds and lack of humidity to intense indoor heating, our hair is often left dry and damaged. Depending on your hair type, you might experience hair breakage, dry scalp, dandruff, frizz and more. From annoying staticky hair to lifeless, dry hair, minimizing these winter effects often comes down to moisture. We've rounded up our favorite tips and tricks to keep your hair soft and moisturized all winter long.
LOCK IN MOISTURE
It’s no secret that winter weather can be super drying on our strands. The key to most of winter's problems is moisture. Be proactive this season by using products made to help hydrate your hair and protect from damage and breakage. To lock in moisture, we recommend Redken's All Soft line. Change up your daily routine and opt for All Soft Shampoo and Conditioner, perfect for retaining moisture and softening dry, brittle hair.
When combined with the Heavy Cream Treatment, you'll get up to 15x more conditioning for your strands. Plus, this mask is great for fighting frizz. This regimen is an amazing option for keeping hair nourished and moisturized in the wintertime. The innovative formula is lightweight and can be used on all hair types to hydrate, while increasing softness and shine.
UPGRADE YOUR HAIR DRYER
Not all hair dryers are created equal. To help fight off frizz and speed up your drying time, reach for an ionic blow dryer to help dry your strands. Unlike traditional blow dryers, ionic dryers emit negative ions. These tiny particles help to separate and evaporate water molecules at a rapid rate. As this helps to dry your hair faster, your hair spends less time in direct heat, which prevents damage and unwanted frizz. An added bonus, ionic blow dryers also prevent staticky hair.
Using an ionic dryer is also a great way to speed up your routine in the morning. Honestly, who wants to spend all morning drying their strands? Cut your drying time in half by using an ionic blow dryer paired with a heat protectant that accelerates your blow drying time for a quicker, more efficient haircare routine.
As the temperature starts to plummet, so does the condition of our scalp. Between the chilly outdoor temperatures and the warm indoor heat, our scalps can become very dry and flaky. If you're prone to dandruff, the winter can be extra rough on your scalp. If you're experiencing it for the first time, we've got you covered.
To help ward off the flakes and to keep your favorite black sweater looking spotless, switch to a shampoo that contains salicylic acid. Cleansing Cream Clarifying Shampoo is our go-to. The salicylic acid works wonders at exfoliating the scalp, removing dead skin cells and breaking down any built up product on the scalp. Use this exfoliating shampoo as needed to keep your hair free from flakes.
ADD HAIR OIL TO YOUR ROUTINE
A haircare essential this winter (and all year round) is a multi-benefit hair oil. During the winter, our strands can easily become dehydrated. A great way to give your hair some extra love is by adding a smoothing hair oil to your daily routine. On top of sealing in moisture, oils can offer heat protection, fight frizz, and speed up heat styling times. Adding this to your haircare regimen is a great way to keep hair healthy all winter long.
Fight Hat Hair With Dry Shampoo
While dry shampoo is key for refreshing hair between showers, it's also a must have all winter long. Don't let hat hair keep you from staying warm this winter. While hats can cause frizz and flattened roots, dry shampoo can help you revive your style. Carry a small bottle of dry shampoo with you and after you remove your hat, apply a small amount at the roots. Rub in gently with your fingers or use a metal comb to avoid static. This will revive your roots, leaving them full and voluminous.
Pro tip: Swap your cotton hats for a silk or satin lined hat to avoid frizz and static.
While we have a complete guide to understanding and preventing hair static, the TLDR is to keep your hair hydrated. While there are plenty of other tips and tricks that help, there's nothing quite like our Frizz Dismiss Anti-Static Oil Mist. Made to fight static, this lightweight spray helps eliminate static and smooth flyaways without weighing your hair down. Carry this around all winter long for added protection from staticky hair.
MANAGE HAIR BREAKAGE
Hair breakage occurs when your hair's proteins are weakened and hair is compromised. This happens from heat styling, color services, as well as elements like winter weather. Whether your hair looks frayed or you're noticing split ends, we've got you covered.
Our Extreme haircare system for damaged hair can step in to save the day. When used as a complete system, Redken Extreme shampoo and conditioner combined with the Extreme anti-snap leave-in treatment can reduce hair breakage by 73%. Formulated with a strengthening protein complex, this product provides benefits to ensure hair that’s healthy-looking and resilient. Anti-Snap is used once you get out of the shower on towel dried hair. Apply it as a leave-in treatment and then style as usual.
ULTIMATE STRENGTH REPAIR
No matter what, your hair will probably always need a little extra TLC in the winter. On top of ongoing stressors like bleaching, heat styling, and pollutants, the harsh winter weather only adds to potential damage.
In addition to a strong winter haircare regimen, it’s important to remember that you can treat damage and dry hair at a salon too. Depending on the type of damage you’re experiencing, your stylist can recommend a backbar treatment to help you maintain the integrity of your hair. You might need a haircut to get rid of some damage, but your stylist can help ensure your hair stays healthy and moisturized through all the seasons.
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