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Winter hair hacks: here’s how to avoid brittle, dry, and static hair

17.1.2024, Four Reasons

Winter is the most magical time of the year when the world turns into a frosty wonderland. In reality; dryness, static electricity, and beanie season can turn hair into a static and tangled mess. With a few winter tips, you can keep your hair looking great all beanie season long.

Static and dry hair is a common winter problem, caused by a combination of factors. The most common reasons for a frizzy hair day are the friction from beanies and scarves, dry indoor air, and daily mechanical stress. How can you prevent hair from becoming static and maintain its moisture balance during winter?

Here’s how to avoid static hair

After showering, the best thing you can do for your hair is to use a leave-in conditioner. Dry and thick hair may benefit from hair oil, in which case Four Reasons No Nothing Sensitive Hair Oil or the natural cosmetic Nature Moisture Oil are good options.

For easily greasy and fine hair, a lighter conditioner is beneficial, for example:

Four Reasons No Nothing Sensitive Moisture Mist
Four Reasons Original Moisture Mist
Four Reasons Original Repair Mist
Four Reasons Original Curl Mist is suitable for curly hair.

Psst… Remember, you can also use leave-in conditioners on dry hair if needed!

Avoid unnecessary brushing and styling with hot tools, which often further dry out and electrify hair. If you need to use styling tools, remember to apply a good heat protectant before styling.

Good heat protectant spray options:

Four Reasons Original Heat Shield
Four Reasons Original Heat Styler
Four Reasons No Nothing Sensitive Heat Protection Spray
Four Reasons Nature Heat Protection Spray

Find more about heat protectants on our blog: Heat Protectants: The Essentials Every Hairdresser Needs

How to avoid excessive dryness during winter months

It may sound obvious but ensure adequate hydration! Take care of your moisture balance by drinking water, but also provide moisture to your hair. Start moisturizing your hair during the washing phase and consider updating the contents of your shower cabinet.

If you’re used to a squeaky-clean shampoo, switch to a more moisturizing shampoo-conditioner combo. Four Reasons Original Moisture Shampoo and Moisture Conditioner, as well as Ultra Moisture Shampoo and Ultra Moisture Conditioner, are unbeatable moisturizers. For those who value natural cosmetics, Four Reasons Nature Moisture Shampoo and Hydrating Conditioner are available, taking care of the hair’s natural moisture balance, strengthening the hair structure, and preventing external damage.

These habits strip moisture from your hair

A steaming hot shower may feel heavenly in cold weather, but hot water is a definite no-no: it dries out the skin, scalp, and hair. It’s better to wash hair with lukewarm water. If you dare, rinse your hair with cool water at the end of the shower, as cool water closes the hair cuticles and prevents moisture from escaping too quickly.

When the frost bites, it’s natural to want a warm and cozy indoor temperature. However, warm and dry indoor air can take moisture from your hair, leaving it dry and prone to breakage. If you regularly use heat tools in addition to warm indoor air, you double the damage.

Washing your hair too frequently can strip it and your scalp of their natural oils, leading to dryness and irritation. Try to reduce washing frequency and use dry shampoo to keep hair fresh between washes. Find more about different dry shampoos and their benefits on our blog: Greasy scalp no more

Be careful! Pay special attention to these things

  • Pay attention to how your hair is when you step outside! It’s advisable to dry your hair in some way before running into the freezing cold, so you don’t accidentally ruin your hair’s condition. If you go out in the cold with wet hair, the water turns to ice, crystallizes, and breaks the hair structure.
  • In winter, be especially careful with hair care products and look for moisturizing ingredients in the product ingredient lists.
    Try Four Reasons Original Moisture products, which contain Aloe Vera known for its moisturizing and caring properties, or Original Ultra Moisture products, which contain moisturizing b5-provitamin.

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