Combat the most annoying winter hair concerns like static, grease, and flatness with these brilliant tricks
Those cute knit hats, hoodies, and scarves may serve a purpose for keeping you toasty, but all that friction—paired with the moisture-sucking dry air—can lead to static, grease, and deflated strands (in other words: all of winter's most dreaded hair concerns). We've got your hat hair fixes here. (And don't forget to try these hairdos that work best under your winter hat!)
The issue: Static electricity
Clean, dry hair attracts positive charges (especially in dry weather conditions, says Glenn Ellis, a stylist at the Marie Robinson Salon in New York City), which can cause them to repel one another and stand up.
Step 1: Natural oils can help prevent static, so cut back on your shampoo sessions if you can. And when you do suds up, Ellis suggests using a hydrating conditioner to lock moisture.
Step 2: Post-blowdry, mist on a hairspray (or serum, if you're looking for shine) with lightweight silicones to cement the hair down.
Step 3: The moment your flyaways make an appearance, reach for your new anti-static hero: Nunzio Saviano Anti-Frizz Sheets ($18 for 12 sheets; nunziosaviano.com). It's infused with hydrating coconut oil and works like a dryer sheet for your hair, leaving it smooth and shiny. For more moisturizing miracle workers, try our favorite winter beauty products.
The issue: Grease
Of course, winter caps keep your head warm. "But they can also trap in the heat that your scalp produces, causing you to sweat," says Ellis. The result: excess oil at the roots.
Step 1: You'll want to do the opposite of the above anti-static treatments. Avoid heavy conditioners and silicone or cream-based products at your scalp. "They leave oily product build-up that can make your hair look greasier than it is," he says. Instead, apply your conditioner from the mid-shaft to the ends.
Step 2: When it comes to your hat, be strategic. "Pick a breathable one that allows air in," says Ellis. "Or choose a beanie or ear muffs, which won't leave your hair greasy."
Step 3: Reach for a dry shampoo to sop up oil. (We like R + Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo, $29; randco.com.) Spray directly onto your roots from an arms-length distance, then work it into your hair to get rid of any white residue.
The issue: Flatness
Less moisture in the air means less va-va-volume for you. Stack a winter cap over already-deflated hair and you've got double trouble.
Step 1: In the shower, use a thickening shampoo like Matrix Biolage Advanced FullDensity Thickening Shampoo ($20; matrix.com) to bulk up limp strands without weighing it down.
Step 2: Before you blow dry, work in a dollop of volumizing mousse at your roots to give them a boost.
Step 3: When your winter cap comes off, nip hat head in the bud right away. Spritz a texturizer or dry shampoo into your hands, flip your head over, and massage it into your roots for an instant lift. For more volumizing tips, check out these 6 easy steps to bombshell hair.