5 Ways To Prep Your Hair For Chilly Weather

The hair gods can certainly keep a girl busy, can’t they? Humidity wreaks havoc on our locks (frizz, anyone?) during the summer months, and then ice-cold temperatures (brittle hair, we detest you) can make you want to wear a knit cap all autumn/winter long.

Here are five ways to not only temperature-proof your locks this season, but ensure your tresses are properly prepped for the transition:

Clear the air hair: While it was great spending loads of time in the pool this summer, your tresses might be experiencing major build-up from things like chlorine and hair products. Start the new season with a clean slate by clarifying your locks. A once-a-month clarifying shampoo will get rid of anything that's accumulated on your strands. (One to try: Ouidad Water Works Clarifying Shampoo, $15)

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Dust your ends: We know this sounds like a reference to house cleaning, but by giving your locks what’s called a “dust” trim. a technique where such a small amount of hair is trimmed that it resembles dust, you’ll get rid of any split ends that reside on the very tips of your locks, promoting healthier hair.

Masque your mane: The summer months can leave hair dry and brittle. Infuse moisture back into hair by routinely using an intense hair masque. (One to try: L’Oreal EverCreme Deep Nourishing Masque, $8)

Static-proof your strands: The key to preventing static (i.e. when you pull that oh-so-fashionable chunky sweater over your head) is to make certain your hair is super hydrated (as outlined above in the Masque your mane section) in conjunction with a serum. Another quick n’ easy trick to eliminate static? Run a dryer sheet through your hair. This sends static-y tresses packin’ every time! And most importantly, be sure to use a brush that promotes static reduction. (One to try: Wigo 100% Boar Bristle brushes, $10 - $20)

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Nix Fly-aways in a flash: The only thing more annoying than windy weather is when it causes our tresses to whip around like Willow Smith’s (oh, or causes our hair to get stuck in our freshly applied lip gloss). But you can easily avoid a fly-away catastrophe by using a serum that will both coat and moisturize locks. (One to try: TRESemme Nourishing Rituals Cashmere Touch Hydrating Serum, $5)

So, while we might have to worry about frost-bitten fingers, at least our tresses won’t have to deal with the typical winter weather woes. Happy transitioning, hair mavens…

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