Winter Is Coming: How To Protect Your Hair From The Cold Weather

Winter's aggressively cold weather and wind is known to suck the moisture out of everything from your hair to your skin. But while we know that applying hydrating face masks can work wonders for the latter category, sometimes you have to adopt an entirely new hair routine to ensure your strands don't turn into the texture of hay.

"The main factor is temperature difference — winter's chill and dry central heating wreak are massively dehydrating," says says Adam Reed, the co-founder of hair brand Percy & Reed. "The cold can make your hair feel very brittle. Never go out in the cold with damp hair, as this is when the cuticles are open and hair tends to frizz and go static. Make sure it's 100% dry before you go outside."

Then, add hydration back to your hair by using moisturizing shampoo and conditioners that also defend against environmental damage, he says. "Incorporating an oil into your haircare routine can be transformative in regenerating and restoring moisture, and doing a weekly overnight treatment will keep your hair in healthy condition, too."

Wondering where to start? Click through to find the products we love for keeping frizz and dehydration at bay.


Leaving the hair squeaky clean but never stripped, this smart shampoo combats the effects of environmental aggressors while injecting hair with moisture — allowing you to wash your hair less frequently without compromising on manageability.

Living Proof No Frizz Shampoo, $25, available at Ulta Beauty.
Ideal for more porous hair textures, this strengthening shampoo helps minimize breakage and intensify shine.

Ouai Repair Shampoo, $28, available at Sephora.
Sulphate-free and enriched with coconut and jojoba oils, this deeply moisturizing formula locks in color pigment to prolong your shade and increase color vibrancy.

Pureology Precious Oil Shamp'Oil, $29, available at Pureology.
Specifically designed for dehydrated hair, this formula is enriched with green tea and vitamins A and E to keep strands smooth and deliver a frizz-free finish.

DPHUE Hydrate Shampoo, $24, available at Sephora.

Whether your hair is more damaged from color treatments or the weather, this reparative conditioner works to revamp your entire style. Infused with caviar extract and vitamin C, your hair will feel — and look — healthy again in no time.

Alterna Caviar Repair RX Instant Recovery Conditioner, $34, available at Sephora.
Infused with a balance of amla extract and coriander oil, this conditioner provides a healthy dose of moisture and shine.

Redken Diamond Oil Glow Dry Detangling Conditioner, $20, available at Ulta Beauty.
Thanks to red algae extract and moringa oil, this deep conditioner protects brittle strands from root to tip.

Shu Uemura Art Of Hair Urban Moisture Conditioner, $58, available at Shu Uemura.
If you're already a fan of fan of the brand's cult classic oil, this hydrating conditioner is a must. The moringa seed oil smooths the hair shaft to tame any flyaways, while the quinoa protein repairs existing damage so your hair feels stronger.

Verb Ghost Conditioner, $36, available at Sephora.

This lavender oil treatment protects your ends from environmental damage, with vitamin E to treat the scalp, and palm oil to improve hair's elasticity.

Christophe Robin Moisturizing Hair Oil With Lavender, $47, available at Sephora.
This multi-action strengthening treatment combats split ends, smooths frizz, and prevents future breakage caused by heat styling.

Rita Hazan Triple Threat Split End Remedy, $30, available at Sephora.
It's no wonder this oil, which features a combination of grape seed, sweet almond, macadamia, argan, and coconut oils, tames frizz and protects from breakage like a dream.

Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil, $40, available at Sephora.
This conditioner is ideal for protecting natural hair from winter's aggressors. Or, if you regularly color, straighten, or perm your hair, all the more reason to use this detangling, frizz-fighting, leave-in treatment.

Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Grow Leave-In Conditioner, $8.22, available at Walmart.
This dual-purpose, coconut oil-spiked product can be used as a finishing touch to tame frizz and flyaways or before shampoo for an extra hit of hydration.

L'Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare Extraordinary Oil Lustrous Oil Serum, $5.99, available at Target.
A hydrating blend of coconut milk and aloe vera extracts, this silcone-free mist detangles and conditions without weighing hair down.

TRESemmé Expert Selection Hydrating Mist Botanique Nourish and Replenish, $4.98, available at Walmart.

This plant-based deep treatment effectively repairs chemically-treated, dull hair the all-natural way.

Aveda Damage Remedy Intensive Restructuring Treatment, $38, available at Aveda.
This hair mask prolongs color vibrancy and prevents color fading caused by water particles, leaving hair healthy, soft, and smooth.

Kérastase Reflection Masque Chromatique Fine Hair Mask, $63, available at Kérastase.
Designed to work on all hair types struggling with dullness, this treatment transforms brittle ends into shiny, bouncy strands with a single use.

Philip B Katira Hair Masque, $44, available at Philip B.
A healthy mix of keratin protein and amino acids makes this heavy-hitting treatment the kick in the ass damaged hair needs.

Joico K-Pak Deep Penetrating Reconstructor, $28.99, available at Ulta Beauty.
Hailing from Stockholm, this Sachajuan overnight treatment uses sea algae and mineral-rich nutrients to rebuild the hair's elasticity, while adding moisture and shine.

Sachajuan Overnight Hair Repair, $66, available at Dermstore.
Hot Tools

Since you can't leave the house with wet hair, you want to make sure you're using the gentlest — and most effective — tools out there. This lightweight dryer has three temperature settings and a cool shot button to lock in shine.

DevaCurl DevaDryer & DevaFuser, $159, available at Ulta Beauty.
There's a reason this blow-dryer is one of the top selling on the market: It's infused with ionic technology that dries hair faster and seals the hair cuticle, so hair looks smoother — and feels healthier — than ever.

T3 Featherweight 2 Dryer, $200, available at Ulta Beauty.
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