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Is Winter Bringing Your Hair Down?

Try These Must Have Hair Products to Cure the Winter Hair Blues

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It doesn't take long into the cold, dry season of the year before your hair starts to misbehave. The problem with winter hair blues is that they can quickly turn into irreversible damage by spring. Fly-a-ways, dry scalp, fizzy ends, and brittle hair are a sign that Jack Frost has been wreaking havok on those delicate locks. Fear not, these products will help you get that winter hair beast under control!

The Cure All: Hair Oil

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A great hair oil (CHI Silk Infusion happens to reign as my favorite) is the fast answer to nearly every winter hair issue. Put in in your hair before you blow dry and you've got added moisture, increased shine, and beautiful manageability. Smooth just a dab onto your hair when it's dry and those fly-a-ways are suddenly gone. Plus, hair oil will actually help strengthen your hair over time, and improve the look of dry brittle hair and split ends. It also makes a great skin treatment for dry spots and can revitalize dry nail cuticles. Check out all my favorite hair oils here.

It's Time for a Hydrating Shampoo

Matrix Ultra Hydrating Shampoo
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Taking care of dry winter hair starts in the shower. A great hydrating shampoo infuses moisture into your hair in the very place that you start to strip your natural moisture away. When switching to a hydrating shampoo, try using a hydrating formula once a week and increase as necessary until you get the results you desire. Some of my favorite hydrating shampoos include:

Want to add hydration to your favorite shampoo? Mix a little hair oil into your regular shampoo by mixing them together in the palm of your hand.

Stop Washing Your Hair: Dry Shampoo

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One of the best cures for the winter hair blues is to not wash your hair as often. As a recovered daily shampooer myself, I can tell you that not shampooing my hair is honestly the best decision I've made for healthier hair with more moisture (and I'm not talking about grease). You can get more days out of your shampoo by using a dry shampoo on the days that you feel a little oily. Big Sexy Hair Volumizing Dry Shampoo is a perfect product to revive and restore your second or third day hair with out looking like you just rolled out of bed. These dry shampoo reviews might help you make a decision, too:

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Get the Right Moisture in your Conditioner

Nexxus Hydra Light
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A heavy deep conditioning moisturizing treatment is great once or twice a month, but during the winter its important to find an everyday conditioner that will add moisture without being too heavy on your hair. Redken's Clear Moisture collection is a great everyday moisture solution. I'm also a big fan of Nexxus Hydra Light for moisture that won't weigh your hair down. If those are too light to condition your drier hair during the winter months, go heavier with a product like Joico Moisture Recovery Conditioner or Aussie Moist Conditioner.
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Intense Moisture Hair Masks/Treatments

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To really get deep into the hair shaft and get serious moisture, I recommend using an intense moisture hair masque, like Pureology's Hydra Cure, once or twice a month or even weekly if you really need a moisture boost. A deep penetrating moisturizing treatment will add moisture like no other regular conditioner can deliver. For extra hydration that really gets deep into the hair shaft, apply the masque to damp hair towel dried hair, wrap your head in a shower cap (or plastic wrap), and then wrap your head in a hot towel (just out of the dryer). Let the masque sit on your head for 10 - 30 minutes. Your hair will feel like silk when you rinse. This article can help you find the right deep conditioning treatment for your hair, and if you're looking for an organic option, try coconut oil.

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A Healthy Scalp is a Happy Scalp: Try Nioxin

Nioxin Scalp Recovery
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When dry, itchy, winter scalp is just unbearable, its time to take care of it with products that are meant to heal your scalp, like Nioxin. Nioxin is not only used for a wide variety of winter scalp issues, it has even been proven to treat dandruff, inflammation, itchiness and improve hair's thickness. If you're really suffering from dandruff o an itchy scalp, I highly recommend Nioxin Scalp Recovery to quickly and effectively combat even the worst scalp problems. If dandruff and an itchy flaky scalp aren't an issue for you, there is a Nioxin system for every hair type (learn about them all here), and with just a few uses you'll notice a healthier scalp.

Protect Your Hair from Harsh Elements and Hot Tools

12 Benefits Rapid Blow Out
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No matter what the season, if you're using heat on your hair, a thermal protect product is an absolute must have to prevent brittle, broken, and split ends that can be caused from the high temperatures of hot tools. 12 Benefits products are my all time favorite for heat protection that goes above and beyond in the winter because it's ultra moisturizing and leaves hair super soft. Spray on wet hair before blow drying, or use the blow-dry spray on dry hair before using a flat iron or curling iron and you'll guard your hair from heat related damage and the harsh elements of winter.

Get Your Shine On

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Instantly tame frizz and add moisture to dry ends with shine infusing products like Kenra's Platinum Silkening Gloss. This ultra light weight and beautifully scented serum takes just a dab to add shine and control dry tresses. A great shine spray is another must have product when dry winter hair has your locks looking dull and lifeless. TIGI's Bed Head Headrush Shine Mist is a perfect solution to instantly replenish and revive hair that's lost its luster! Mist on hair lightly after styling. Check out these other great hair products for shine.
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