How to Care For Your Hair in the Winter

From “low-poo” to vinegar to silk, we’ve got answers!

winter care tips 2018
Photography by PHUONG NGUYEN

Flat, dull, brittle, static-y hair got you feeling down this winter? Fear not! We caught up with French hair master and legend Christophe Robin to find out how to keep your hair healthy all winter long—all it takes is just a few simple tips and habits to adopt (it’s easier than you’d imagine.).

“The winter is always a tough season for the skin and hair—the dry cold air and constant friction with sweaters, coats, and hats are all factors that dehydrate hair and make it prone to static,” says Robin.

  • Don't wash your hair (every day)
“Your scalp, just like your skin, gets dry in the winter and becomes prone to itchiness and flakiness. Make sure you cleanse your hair with a nourishing shampoo and follow with a deep treatment.” Robin recommends his Regenerating shampoo and mask with prickly pear seed oil. Or give Aesop’s Nurturing Shampoo ($29) and Rose Hair & Scalp Masque ($35) at try.
  • Consider “low-poo”
Low-poo shampoo may sound strange but you’re dry scalp and hair will love it. It is a type of shampoo with no sulphates or silicones, which is especially great come winter because sulphates are known to strip the hair of natural moisture. Robin himself makes a great low-poo, hydrating shampoo that cleanses while hydrating—Cleansing Mask with Lemon ($49).
  • Rinse well
“Make sure you rinse any shampoo, conditioner, mask really well,” says Robin. “Or else your scalp will get oily again and you'll have to wash more often.”
  • Vinegar
A great additional product to add to your winter hair routine is a vinegar rinse, which sounds odd, but spritzing one on before towel-drying can rebalance your scalp, prevent oilness, and majorly boost shine. Robin’s Hair Finish Lotion with Hibiscus Vinegar ($32) is seriously amazing. Or try dpHUE Apple Cider Vinegar Leave-In Hair Therapy ($30).  
  • Mask!
Utilizing a hair mask is vital year round, but especially important during the winter months. “It's important to really give your hair all the nutrition it needs in order to replace the lost moisture due to the dry air, this also helps prevent breakage,” says Robin.

The Amika Nourishing Mask ($10) has legions of fans for its deep conditioning skills. Or try out Ouai’s on the go intensive moisturizing Treatment Masque ($32).
  • Hair dry (literally)
While it may either sound obvious, make sure your hair is dry before you head outside to frigid weather, and avoid using heat tools as much as you can, and be careful when using them. “I always advise when using your blow dryer to hold it at a distance (about 7 to 8 inches) from your hair. You don't need to put it so close to your strands that it will burn them; holding it further away will still dry and style them the way you want,” says Robin. “You want to focus on your roots, because that's what should be dry first if you're in a rush in the morning to avoid catching a cold.”
  • Static-y
Static sticking to you? Seriously so annoying! “A humidifier, a silk pillowcase, or tying your hair with a silk scarf will help with static electricity that you usually get because of dry air,” says Robin.

He’s also a big fan of using a moisturizing hair cream or hydrating leave-in mist everyday to keep hair hydrated, protected, and static-free. Try out Robin’s Moisturizing Hair Cream ($43) to combat dryness. Or calm frizz and dryness with Oribe Supershine Moisturizing Cream ($19.50).

Read on for more brilliant hair tricks:
The Epic Tricks and Tips That Changed Our Hair in 2017
Everything You Need to Craft the Perfect Bath, For Every Mood
Your Ultimate Guide To the Best Self Care Day Ever


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Published on January 12, 2018 - 11:15am EST

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