In the dog days of winter, the harsh weather conditions — Snow! Freezing wind! Extreme temperatures!— can take their toll on hair. From frizz to split ends, your mane can easily succumb and become dull, rough, and parched, necessitating some much needed repair, hydration, and TLC.
For each step in your hair treatment routine, we’ve rounded up the very best products to resuscitate your strands, easily transforming your locks from fried to fabulous and helping to maintain gorgeous, hydrated winter hair.
Great hair starts with a great foundation: make sure you’re using a moisturizing shampoo specially designed to bring life back to dehydrated locks, such as L’Oreal Elvive Total Repair Extreme Renewing Shampoo ($4) or OUAI Repair Shampoo ($28). For drier hair and scalps, try OGX Thick & Full Biotin & Collagen Shampoo ($6) or Sachajuan Scalp Shampoo ($28) for flake-free shoulders.
If you’ve ever accidentally skipped conditioner, you know what a critical step it is for achieving soft and silky hair. If your hair is on the fine side, try a lighter conditioner, such as Pantene Daily Moisture Renewal Foam Conditioner ($4) or Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Conditioner ($25). Frizzier or coarser hair types can replenish much needed moisture with a super hydrating conditioner, such as Kerastase Nutritive Masquintense ($36) or Queen Helene Cholesterol Hair Conditioning Cream ($4).
After shampooing and conditioning, get added hydration and shine by applying a leave-in treatment that will keep working out of the shower and even after you’re out of the house, such as Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen and Restore Treatment Masque ($11) or It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Plus Keratin ($21) for coarse hair, or Aussie Hair Insurance Leave-In Conditioner Spray ($4) or Dry Bar Mr. Incredible the Ultimate Leave in Conditioner ($26) for fine hair.
Finally, anchor your look with a hydrating product that will help keep locks smooth and fortify them against heat-styling damage, such as Bumble and Bumble Repair Blow Dry ($32) or Carol’s Daughter Monoi Repairing Anti-Breakage Spray ($25) for coarser hair, or Zero Frizz Keratin Corrective Hair Serum ($7), or Cutler Specialist Protectant Treatment Spray ($24) for fine hair.