Wintertime can be a rough time for our hair. The cold weather and lack of moisture causes our hair to fall flat, and often get extremely dull and brittle, which goes for both men and women. Hair care is an important part of your look, but in the winter especially, it feels like a losing battle where there is no point in even trying. Just today a friend of mine found herself wanting to wash her hair for the second time in a day because she just felt that it looked lifeless. The following are five tips to try and keep your hair in the best condition during the wintertime.

Try a deep conditioning treatment – deep conditioning treatments are an amazing, easy way to keep moisture locked into your hair. Since we aren’t spending a lot of time outside during the winter, things like heat in our dorms and townhouses dry out our hair to the max. Also, the cold outside air is not a friend to your hair and it often leaves hair lacking the moisture it needs. I will say from personal experience that a treatment with deep conditioning works wonders and keeps hair healthy and full of moisture. I personally love Biolage Hydrasource Conditioning Balm, which usually goes for around $17 and can be found in a local drugstore.

Essential oils – if you’re not someone who is into deep conditioning, a good alternative is to use hair oil to give you that necessary moisture. Natural oils are great for your hair, although some people worry about oils causing grease. My hair is personally a combination of dry and oily, but most days I do use a hair oil after I shower. I use Living Proof No Frizz Nourishing Oil, which never makes my hair feel greasy. However, at $20 for a small bottle, I also recommend for those who like a bargain Dove Regenerative Nourishment Serum-in-Oil, which you can find for $6 at Target.

Get a trim! Sometimes you look at your hair and do not realize what is causing it to look off and that usually means you could use a haircut. Cutting off split ends is an easy way to make hair look instantly healthier and sometimes that’s really all there is to it.

This next tip never goes over well with people who love to wash their hair everyday, but limiting the amount of times you wash your hair to every other day will keep it from drying out and being weighed down. Washing every other day will actually be better for your hair in the long run, even if it seems like it is not a sanitary option. In addition to this, do not go outside with wet hair — make sure it is dry before you leave the house. Cold air on wet hair makes hair brittle and does tons of damage, especially if it is something you make a habit of.

Leave in conditioner is your go-to tool to combat winter static. Static hair, a symptom of dryness, is all too common in winter. Take off that one sweater and all of the sudden your hair is flying in a million directions. Leave in conditioner will help with this problem. As the big fan of Living Proof that I am, my personal recommendation is Living Proof No Frizz Leave-In Conditioner, which is available at for $25. However, any dry shampoo will do the trick to help you combat static.

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