When it comes to surviving a good old-fashioned Canadian winter, the last thing a person wants to worry about is their hair. But as we all know, with the season’s freezing temperatures, blustery winds and snow, come limp locks, static and dreaded hat head. Thankfully, you don’t have to resign yourself to months’ worth of bad hair. We’ve come up with a few tips and tricks that’ll keep your hair in perfect shape all winter long, no matter the weather.
Part ways with hat head, once and for all
Hats are essential to keeping our heads (and, more importantly, our ears) warm during the cold winter months. But they’re also to blame for one of winter’s most dreaded beauty faux pas: hat head. We’ve all been there—flat hair day, after flat hair day—it’s enough to make you feel like you shouldn’t have even bothered in the morning. But there’s an easy fix.
Before you put your hat on, simply part your hair on the opposite side. When you take off your hat, flip your part back to its regular position, and all evidence of hat head will be erased.
Fight static at the roots
Sadly, cold air and low humidity are the biggest causes of staticky, fly-away hair. Thankfully, the solution is fairly simple: more moisture. Using a moisture-rich conditioner like Pantene Pro-V’s Repair and Protect (available on sale for $4 at mass-market retailers) can help tame winter static and frizz.
After shampooing, apply conditioner from root to tip, using vertical strokes to detangle. And while most people shy away from conditioning their roots, this formula nourishes the hair without weighing it down. That’s key for winter survival: When all of your hair is moisturized (rather than just parts of it), it’s a lot less likely to succumb to the evils of seasonal static—unless you’re into that I-accidentally-stuck-my-finger-into-an-electrical-socket look.
For an added boost, you can also use your conditioner as a monthly hair mask. Simply apply the conditioner as you normally would, then, soak a towel in warm water and wring out before wrapping it around your head. Let it sit for at least three minutes to really lock the moisture and nutrients into the cuticles. Rinse and style, and you’ll be left with smoother, shinier, static-free hair.
Give flat hair a lift
Dry air can also cause hair to go especially limp in the winter. Fight back starting at the roots. Using long metal clips, section the hair and place the clips near the base of the strands, lifting from the scalp. Mist with a volumizing hairspray, like Pantene Sheer Volume Texturizing Non-Aerosol Hair Spray (available on sale for $4 at mass-market retailers), to make it last. For extra oomph, lightly heat the roots with a blow-dryer. Let set. Remove clips, and shake it out.