Winter weather can be beautiful — imagine blankets of snow covering trees for a picturesque holiday view. At the same time, the cold, dry air can take a toll on your hair, leading to dull, brittle strands. To maintain lustrous and manageably soft winter hair, it’s crucial to stay on top of your hair care routine. To help your mane brave the trials and tribulations of cold weather, we’ve put together a winter hair survival guide, featuring botanical, cruelty-free Desert Essence hair care.
Deep Cleanse and Prepare: Tea Tree Replenishing Shampoo
During the winter, overwashing your hair can strip it of its natural oils, so you may want to wash every few days as opposed to every day. That said, do give your hair a deep clean whenever it’s time to wash it. Start your routine with Desert Essence Tea Tree Replenishing Shampoo, which gently removes impurities with clarifying tea tree oil while stimulating and soothing the scalp with peppermint oil and delivering hydration with yucca.
Enhancing Hair Care: Anti-Breakage Shampoo and Anti-Breakage Conditioner
Tough weather calls for a fortifying shampoo and conditioner duo. Along with shine-enhancing radish extract and hydrating coconut oil, Desert Essence Anti-Breakage Hair Shampoo and Conditioner each feature a blend of Country Life Maxi-Hair® plus biotin, keratin and provitamin B5 to reduce breakage.
Intensive Hair Nourishment: Anti-Breakage Hair Mask
Consider a deep conditioning treatment once a week to give dull strands an extra moisturizing boost. For intensive repair, we like to reach for another favorite in our Anti-Breakage line: Desert Essence Anti-Breakage Hair Mask — simply work this into your hair, then rinse after 20 to 30 minutes.
Nourishment with Jojoba Oil
Jojoba oil is a versatile botanical wonder that delivers softness and shine for lustrous strands. Pamper yourself with a weekly jojoba oil scalp massage to stimulate circulation and help control frizz.
Heat Protection and Defrizzing: Coconut Hair Defrizzer & Heat Protector Spray
Heat damage can take a toll on compromised winter hair, so remember to use a heat protector whenever you style your hair for holiday parties. Lightweight, silicone-free Desert Essence Coconut Hair Defrizzer & Heat Protector Spray is a multi-purpose hair care staple that guards hair from heat damage, melts tangles and controls frizz.
Finishing Touches: Coconut Shine & Refine Hair Lotion
If you notice dull strands, restore radiance to your mane with a revitalizing hair lotion. With coconut oil, nopal cactus and agave, Desert Essence Coconut Shine & Refine Hair Lotion replenishes hair with a lustrous shine. For extra gloss, you can also add a few drops of jojoba oil to your hair.
Unlocking Gorgeous Winter Hair: Beyond the Basics
A hair care routine is the key to silky soft winter hair, but you can go beyond products to ensure a beautiful mane. In addition to your go-to shampoos and styling products, here are other cold weather hair tips to keep in mind.
Use a Silk Pillowcase
If you’re trying to keep your bedhead under control, cozy up with a silk pillowcase. Because of its soft, frictionless texture, silk is less likely to snag on your hair, which may contribute to hair damage, frizz and static.
Hair hydration can also mean literal hydration. Along with peppermint mochas, remember to sip on water throughout your winter festivities. Carrying nutrients and oxygen to your cells, water is crucial for all body functions, which includes maintaining a healthy scalp needed for healthy hair.
Use a Humidifier
From the chilly air outdoors to the heaters indoors, winter can be a very dry time of year. Dry air can reduce the sheen on your hair and contribute to breakage. To increase air moisture, turn on a humidifier — your indoor plants will love this, too!
Avoid Very Hot Water
In addition to using the just-right winter hair care, pay attention to your water temperature. Very hot water can strip your strands of their natural oils and dry out your scalp, so wash your hair with lukewarm or warm water.
Protect Your Hair at Night
Prior to hitting the hay, detangle your hair with a brush so that you can minimize frizz the next morning. If you need to secure long hair at night, use a fabric scrunchie or a silk hair wrap — an elastic band can lead to hair breakage.
This winter, keep your hair as glossy as the glistening treetops. All you need is a basic hair care routine — get started with Desert Essence’s Hair Care Collection.