How to Keep Your Hair Hydrated In Colder Temperatures

It seems like a no-brainer: if you have dry hair use a hair conditioner. And yet, achieving soft hair that’s not flat, lifeless or static-y during the cooling fall and freezing winter is more challenging than you’d think. According to the U.K.’s Oxford Pharmacy, your hair and scalp are more prone to dehydration with cold weather and it’s all courtesy of the dry, hot forced air inside and the freezing, sub-zero temperatures outside.

So what’s a man to do? Double click on a bottle of Moroccanoil Hydrating Shampoo and Moisture Repair Conditioner from amazon.ca and while you wait for your Prime service to arrive, read what the Canadian brand’s Artistic Director Kevin Hughes has to say about looking good 365 days of the year.

Why does hair need so much moisture in the colder months?
Think of your hydrating shampoos and conditioners the same way you would a down winter coat. It protects you from the elements. Your hair weakens in the cold, so ‘look for and use products with moisturizing ingredients like protein to help strengthen the hair strand and keep it from further splitting and weakness,” says Hughes. “Theprotein-filled ingredients provide the properties to seal split ends. When the hair is sealed, it gives the appearance of healthy, revitalized hair and will help keep your hair soft and shiny.”

What are some low maintenance ways to keep hair healthy all season long?
Hughes recommends using a hair mask once a week for extra hydration and shine. And opting for alcohol-free styling products like hair putty or cream will ensure you’re not further depleting its moisture. Avoiding the blow dryer and flat iron are also a good idea, since they are heat oriented and can zap your locks brittle dry with over use.

To toque or not to toque?
It’s true, hat head is an unattractive look, but with our Canadian weather they are a necessity. “Use a booster like the Moroccanoil Dry Texture spray to lift your roots and give you volume,” suggests Hughes. And that means, before and after you wear your toque. “The boost creates a strong texture at the roots and will give you long-lasting texture, body and movement after you remove your hat the texture will remain and put that lift back at your root area.”

Adriana Ermter

Adriana Ermter

Adriana is an award-winning writer and editor. The former beauty director for FASHION magazine and editor-in-chief of Salon and of Childview magazines has hosted beauty videos for fashionmagazine.com, as well as contributed to Men’s FASHION, Chatelaine and chatelaine.com, Flare and flare.com, Huffington Post Canada, National Post, AmongMen.com, thekit.ca, iVillage.ca and thewhaleandtherose.com. She lives in Toronto with her very spoiled feline, Trixie-Belle, and a fantastically large perfume collection.

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