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December 16, 2019

Maintaining Healthy Hair in the Winter

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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. 


I was kindly this set from R + CO a few weeks ago and have been so pleased with the products! They sent over the Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse and the Television Shampoo.

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.

2. Dry

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.

3. Protect

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.

4. Style

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.

5. Set

If I’m going to be out for the entire day in meetings or events, I like to add a bit of texture and hold to keep the style fresh.

I bought both the Ouai Texture Spray and the Ouai Dry Texture Foam  a while ago and when used sparingly they’re so great for keeping your style all day long.

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  1. Lori
    December 16, 2019

    I usually let my hair air dry when possible but would love to try this heat styling spray. I’ll have to check it out!

  2. Sarah
    December 16, 2019

    Might have to give the ACV rinse a try, my hair is fried from the lack of humidity right now so bad. Btw tottaly can relate to the ponytail 60% of the time or more. Hahaha 🙂

  3. Paula @ I'm Busy Being Awesome
    December 16, 2019

    Your hair looks awesome, thank you for the tips, I’ll check out that shampoo and conditioner

  4. Emily
    December 17, 2019

    I haven’t heard of this shampoo brand before. I do think it does help to avoid using heat on my hair when I can.

  5. Brittnee
    December 18, 2019

    Healthy hair in the winter is so big for me!! I have curly hair so moisture is key.