I have pretty dry hair. I've done a lot to it over the years and I'm surprised that it still occasionally cooperates with me.
The winter can be a particularly rough time, seeing as the temperature drops and with it, all the moisture is sucked out of the air leaving me with hair that occasionally stands on end if I deign to wear a toque (that's Canadian for "beanie") or put up my parka's hood.
Over the years though, I've learned a few tricks to keep my hair smooth and sleek despite winter's brutal beating. So, if you suffer from the hair-that-looks-like-you-touched-that-electricity-ball-from-the-science-museum look, fear not. Read on and find sweet relief!
Deep Condition It, Y'all
I always use a deep conditioner instead of the regular old thang. It means I spend a few extra minutes letting it soak in, sometimes I'll even just wrap a towel around my head and leave the stuff on for about an hour, but I truly think it makes a difference.
I focus it mainly on the strands of my hair from my ears down, really globbing it on at the ends. One of my current favourites is Garnier Fructis's Sleek & Shine Frizz Defeat Deep Treatment ($5.99, drugstores). It's an inexpensive treatment that contains that ever so buzzed-about argan oil, it smells great, and it really smooths things out.
Leave it on for awhile and you'll notice a difference in the moisture levels of your hair.
Moisturize Your Hands, Then Your Hair
After you take off your cute Winter hat, you may notice little flyaways sticking up as if waving hello. To quash the errant hairs, break out some hand cream.
Your hands are surely dry as all getout too, seeing as winter is a flu season and you've probably gone into hand-washing overdrive. Also, that aforementioned dry air.
Lotion up your hands and once the majority of the moisturizer is soaked in, run your palms over your hair to smooth it out. The emollient goo in the handcream will add moisture to your dried-out hair and smooth out and runaway strands. One of my favourite hand creams? Weleda's Pomegranate Regenerating Hand Cream ($12.50, usa.weleda.com).
So smooth and it absorbs quickly, so you won't be soaking your hair, just gently smoothing it as if applying a light pomade.
There's also this great new product from John Frieda, the Full Repair Touch-Up Flyaway Tamer ($7.99, drugstores). It has Inca Inchi oil and is shaped like a mascara wand so you can comb it into particularly disobedient sections of hair. It also boosts shine, another hair quality that can be the first to go come winter.
I love that both of these products can be thrown into your bag and used throughout the day for touch-ups to crazied out winter hair.
Also, I've heard rubbing a fabric softener sheet on your head works, too. Never tried it, let me know if you have. Also, what are your biggest Winter woes? Do you have your routine down pat or do you still need help? Tell me all about it!
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