Just because it’s not a sauna outside doesn’t mean your hair is safe. While we wish our locks had perfectly crisp eco-conditions to thrive in, wintertime frizz is real—and feels especially harsh when everything else is going wrong. You can look your best in any climate, however, it just takes a little bit of preparation. We turned to the pros to find out how to outsmart the meteorological mess that is wintertime frizz. Scroll down to learn how to deal with frizzy hair during winter!
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What Causes Hair to Frizz During the Winter?
Frizz-causing culprits are everywhere. Marilisa Sears, Artistic Director for Marc Anthony True Professional, explains it’s not only moisture that causes our hair to freak out but also a lack of moisture. “Cold places have dry heat,” she explains. “Radiators, car heaters, and even a furnace without a humidifier, sucks every bit of moisture out of the air—and your hair—causing split ends, breakage, and fly-aways,” she adds.
To sum it up, dry air isn’t doing you any favors. Alyssa Hrisko, Master Colorist for SEVEN Salon and SEVEN haircare Flagship Educator, explains: “Drops in temperatures equals less moisture. Just like you probably use a heavier moisturizer for your skin this time of year, your hair needs a boost in moisture as well.” In order to keep frizz to a minimum, stay away from products that will dry you out. “Eliminating products that have higher alcohol content (which is popular in hairsprays and other stylers) will help keep the frizz at bay. Look for lighter balms that provide nourishment with a bit of hold instead,” Hrisko advises.
Joey George, Hair Artist at Management Artists, tells us that static can also be a culprit. “One of the main causes of hair static and frizz in the winter is dry air,” he reminds us.
How to Deal With Frizzy Hair During the Winter
The good news is that you can outrun wintertime frizz. To keep your strands a step ahead of the weather, Sears encourages deep conditioning. To really make sure the product sinks in, don’t be afraid to leave it in. “Put a treatment on, wrap your hair with clear cellophane and then a towel, and lounge for an hour or so to allow the max saturation rate—a bit of heat helps the penetration rate,” she advises. You had us at lounge.
“Moisture! Moisture! Moisture!” seconds George, who makes sure all his clients make time to deep condition. “I recommend that my clients take 15 to 20 minutes out of their evening once a week to give their hair a spa treatment. Grab a bowl and mix together your favorite deep conditioner with a few pumps of your favorite hair oil. Pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds (or until comfortably warm). Then apply the mix to your roots through the ends on damp hair. Leave this on for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse thoroughly,” he says. You’ll be left with glossy, moisturized locks and a soothed scalp, we’re assured.
Your current style could also be working against you, depending on the season. “Less moisture in the hair means less movement,” says Sears. “If you have waves or curls, you will notice at this time of the year they are less so,” she says. To combat this, she alters her cuts accordingly. “When I cut hair at this time of the year, I leave layers just a little longer so the overall look works with less movement,” she says.
Hrisko notes that you might be so focused on your strands, that you’re neglecting everything around your hair. “Give your hair a break,” she cautions. “Using softer materials for hair ties (scrunchies are back, people), and swapping out pillowcases for silk or softer cotton helps too,” she says.
Best Products to Fight Wintertime Frizz
There is a whole roster of products made to combat frizz if it’s still haunting you in spite of a silk pillowcase and layered cut. “Using SEVEN haircare’s BOND shampoo/conditioner (SEVEN Kente Bond System) has been a lifesaver this winter,” shares Hrisko. “It repairs damage and gives my hair lots of added moisture.”
“In lieu of hairspray, I love SEVEN’s beach spray (SEVEN Borato Beach). It uses sea salt for texture and hold without drying, and contains Pro-Vitamin B5, which is one of the same moisturizing ingredients in BOND,” she suggests. This is a great pro-tip overall: Swap hairspray for surf spray when the barometer looks like it might drop. And don’t forget your texture cream to top it off. Hrisko swears by SEVEN’s Satara Texture Cream, which she uses as more of a moisturizing styling balm. “It’s made with jojoba seed oil which is the only oil whose molecular structure is similar to sebum that we naturally produce,” she says.
To give strands much-needed hydration on frizz days, oil up, advises Sears. “Add moisture with oils before or after styling. Use oils that can actually penetrate the hair shaft,” she says. Argan and coconut molecules are both structured with the ability to penetrate the cuticle, which makes them great choices for getting much-needed moisture into your hair. She suggests Marc Anthony’s Nourishing Argan Oil of Morocco Dry Styling Oils.
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