This winter seems to be so much dryer than the last. I don’t know if it is, but my hair seems beyond controllable this time around. In an attempt to find a winter hair routine, I dug into my stash (going way back to products that I used years ago, to some newbies) and finally came up with a winter hair care routine that works for me!
If you, like me have naturally fine hair that’s impossible to control in winter (thank you static), or if you feel the need to wash your hair every day, but can’t get past it being so dry, then my tips may just help you!
Start with a trio of products (Shampoo, Conditioner and Treatment) that work for your hair. I have, what I like to call two-week hair! In that I can use a product for 2-weeks (and it works) and after that, my hair almost gets used to it and I have to find something new.
Luckily, being a blogger I get to try out a number of cool new hair care ranges, but the one I’m loving at the moment is the TRESemme Platinum Strength range.
Step 1 – Wet hair, apply shampoo, work it in and rinse off. Step 2- Apply conditioner to the ends of hair and comb through with a wide toothed brush, leave it on for about 2-3 minutes, then rinse it off. Step 3 – Apply a conditioning treatment or mask to wrung out hair and leave it on for about 5 minutes, then rinse off.
The trick in winter is to use a cotton T-shirt to dry off your hair instead of a towel. If you suffer with static hair, then try this trick! It will reduce the static.
Also using a hair dryer in winter adds to static, so what I like to do is get as much done as possible in terms of getting ready, and dry my hair last.
That way a lot of it has dried off on its own by the time I go ahead with the hairdryer – so even though I do still use a hair dryer, it’s very minimal. I also like to put my hair dryer on the mid heat (not the hottest setting) which helps to reduce static, and just before it’s completely dry, I switch it to the cold setting to seal the hair cuticle.
Care & Treat
I know I’ve said this before, but I’m lazy when it comes to styling products. I’ve got so many that help enhance curls, add volume etc etc, but I’m lazy, so I hardly every use them.
However, I have dug back into my styling drawer and found three absolute gem products that work like a dream in helping my hair look healthy, soft and most of all, manageable during winter…
Paul Mitchell Extra Body Daily Boost helps to give my hair lift without the buildup. I’ve also been using a real golden oldie, my Nioxin Volumizing Reflectives Root Lifter (which I can’t seem to find anywhere in SA anymore) and these are both perfect if you have fine, flat hair and you want a little lift at the roots without the hardness of mousse.
Pureology Strength Cure Fabulous Lengths helps to revitalize my ends and makes them seem fuller with less splitting. I’ve actually just finished my third bottle of this miracle potion – and can honestly tell you gals, that if there is one hair treatment product you should invest in (it’s pricey but so worth it) for split ends, look no further!
Philp Kingsley Scalp Toner helps keep my scalp flake free! Even though I don’t normally have a flaky scalp, since moving to Jozi and experiencing the dry, cold winters, my scalp has felt the pain and this has been a life saver. There’s nothing worse than a flaking scalp – especially when your hair is dead straight and dark as mine is, and this has made all the difference.
Just by including the scalp toner and root lift to my hair washing routine, I’ve found that my hair isn’t as oily as usual and I can get away with not having to wash it every day. Another bonus in winter!
I usually start with the Scalp Toner, applying it on damp hair with the nozzle straight onto my scalp, comb it through, then directly sprtiz the roots of my hair (usually 3 at the top and 1 on each side) with the Root Lifter. Then I work it into the hair and I’m done with the roots.
Lastly, I apply my Strength Cure Fabulous Lengths into my palms and run them through the lengths of my hair.
It’s a task to apply post cleansing or styling products to hair, I know! But, it’s worth it, especially in winter, when you want to spend more time in bed and less time having to wash and style your hair every single day.
To beat the Jozi winter static and frizz, I spray my hair, throughout the day with a moisture spray. I used to use oils, but found they made my hair too greasy. I do still tend to use hair oils from time to time, but I prefer to just spritz away with moisture sprays since they really help to control the static.
At home I love using my Schwarzkopf BC Moisture Kick Spray Conditioner and a good all round spring water spray is from EAU Thermale Avene, which works wonders on the hair.
The new Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Miracle Hydrating Mist is another absolute gem and I love that it’s compact (it’s travel friendly at only 100mls), so it’s the perfect size to fit into my handbag.
Whenever I braid my hair, I like to spritz it with one of these sprays as well as they help keep flyaways at bay, and I have more control over my styling.
Do you feel that you have to change up your hair care routine in Winter?
What products do you love using? Comment below and let me know what works for you!