It's Time for a Hydrating Shampoo
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.