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Things You Can Do Right Now to Prevent Winter Hair Damage

1. Shampoo less often to help with itchy, flaky scalp.

Plaques of skin can smother the scalp, not only causing itch and flakes, but smothering growth as well. Jon Reyman, owner of Spoke & Weal Salons, recommends lightening u…






1. Shampoo less often to help with itchy, flaky scalp.

Plaques of skin can smother the scalp, not only causing itch and flakes, but smothering growth as well. Jon Reyman, owner of Spoke & Weal Salons, recommends lightening up on the cleansing. “Shampoo a little less if you can. For those with flakes and more severe scalp issues, Aveda Scalp Remedy Dandruff Solution ($28; aveda.com) is great. It’s perfect even for oily or fine hair because it cleanses without weighing hair down.” Reyman also suggests watching your diet and managing stress as good solutions for scalp concerns.


2. Switch to an oil-based moisturizer to lock in extra moisture.

Blasts of dry air are not good for any type of hair. The only way to combat it: extra moisture. “Natural, curly, wavy, relaxed, and coiled hair is sensitive to cold weather, when it’s prone to brittle texture, breakage, and split ends,” explains Ron Williams, national educator for Phytospecific, who suggests using a heavier-than-usual oil-based moisturizer that will evaporate more slowly to protect textured hair.

3. Commit to weekly treatments to keep hair hydrated.

Dry air also means all hair textures should focus on weekly hair treatments to replace lost moisture. “Hair dries out in winter from not having enough moisture in the indoor air, which is when a good conditioner comes in handy,” advises James Corbett, owner of James Corbett Studio and global color consultant for Clairol, who recommends using the brand’s new color-specific Nice n’ Easy CC+ ColorSeal Conditioner ($5; drugstore.com). “Once a week, you should baby your hair: Slather conditioner on and take 30 minutes for the moisture to penetrate into the hair shaft.”

4. Use leave-in conditioner to combat static.

5. Forgo platinum haircolor for a darker dye this winter.

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