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Hat head and other winter hair woes

Winter hair presents a flurry of problems. Cold, dry air crackles with static electricity that can zap your hair and result in those wispy winter flyaway hairs. Then there's that beloved "hat head" look.

  • Brush your hair less often to reduce static build-up. Some people swear by anti-static products – spray can be applied to combs before brushing, and laundry fabric softener sheets can be swiped along the insides of caps and toques.
  • Wash your hair less often, too. Like your skin, your hair has a protective layer of natural oils which hold in moisture. Too much cleansing can scrub away these oils. Some shampoos include harsh ingredients that strip away the oils, so you may need to experiment with which ones work best for your hair type during the colder months.
  • You can skip a day in your lather-rinse-repeat cycle, but you'll need to enhance your conditioner routine. Try leave-in products or deep-conditioning hair "masks."
  • Turn down the heat of styling tools. Take a break from hair dryers and straightening or curling irons whenever you can. If you must style with heat, first gently towel dry your hair and then apply a thermal protective product.
  • To boost hair flattened by hats or levelled by bad weather, flip your hair upside down and massage volumizing product into your scalp and out to the ends of your hair.
  • Guys and girls with curls are advised to use an activating product to kick-start curls and keep them from looking frizzy and dry.
  • Get better acquainted with your hairdresser. You may need more frequent trims in the winter to snip off dry, split ends.

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