We all know the cold-to-central-heating-dance in the winter wreaks havoc on hair. To warm up, we love taking long, hot showers and typically use more heat when styling. All this heat and lack of humidity can dry out both your scalp and hair in just a few days leaving you with brittle, dull hair.
I don’t have all the answers (by a long shot) for maintaining healthy hair or styling hair. (My hair is in a ponytail 60% of my life.) But I have had the great fortune to be able to test out a fair number of products and cultivate what seems to work well and which ones I don’t prefer.
*For reference my hair is fine but I have a lot of it. My natural texture is straight with a bit of an unruly wave when air-dried.
A rinse to restore the pH levels of your scalp (and keep the dry away) is so important in the winter. And if you find your hair dry to start, a hydrating shampoo rinsed with cold water (or lukewarm if you can’t stand a cold shower) is best.
I use the ACV rinse about once every 10 days or so. And as for conditioner, I use it about twice a week to help my hair keep its shine.
On most days I just let my hair dry naturally. The less heat you can put on your hair the healthier it’ll stay. But if I do blow dry it I recently switched over from my old college days Revlon to a T3 Cura Blowdryer.
I know a lot of people talk about the T3 line because they work with a lot of influencers, but trust me, it’s for a good reason. Their products are designed minimize the amount of damage put on your hair and they really work.
I have the compact travel dryer and it folds up wonderfully but still has the power of a full-sized dryer.
Next up is to protect your hair from the sustained heat of a curling or flat iron.
I’ve been using the Living Proof Heat Styling spray since the summer and it works really well to lock moisture inside my hair. Use it all over your hair before styling for extra protection and shine. And then add a quick spritz after styling for extra shine.
Now that your hair is protected and healthy, style as you normally would.
My day-to-day look is created with my T3 SinglePass Flat Iron. I use it for curling, crimping, straightening.
Again, it may feel a little overhyped, but it’s worth the investment.