Winter hair care: How to prevent seasonal damage

Don’t let the cold temperatures wreak havoc on your hair.

Between the icy cold winds, snow storms, and indoor heat, the winter months can cause serious damage to your skin and hair. The harsh climate is a recipe for dry, damaged wires if you do not take proper care when the temperatures drop.

We spoke with celebrity colorist Abby Haliti, whose client list includes Olivia Palermo, Sigourney Weaver, and Rita Ora, about what steps you should take to prevent bad hair days during the winter months, both at home and in the salon.

“People tend to forget that the winter can be just as harmful for the hair as the summer,” Haliti told Fox News.


“There are so many factors that can play in the adverse consequences for her. Sometimes, the hair shaft fails to absorb moisture because the cuticle strands begin to slightly lift due to the dry, cold air, which can result in frizz or breakage because the strands are fragile.

“Seemingly innocent things – like constantly against high wind while the outside – can cause damage to your hair, giving you the brush it extensively, which can lead to a breakage in dry or brittle hair. Hair can be dry and prone to static factors, such as friction from clothing, indoor swimming pool, heating and even a low humidity,” she says.

Fortunately, with a few adjustments to your routine, you can help in the battle against the elements and keep your hair looking good all season long.

Be aware of the temperature

“Try not to get your indoor temperature is too high, and don’t forget that the hot water in the shower can lead to dried out hair,” Haliti said.

They recommend the use of a sulphate-free shampoo to help maintain your hair’s natural oils, which are more likely to be removed during the colder months.

Haliti also suggests avoiding heat styling as much as possible, especially if you have problems with dry, dull or brittle hair.

Try: Shu Uemura Art of Hair Cleansing Oil Shampoo, $57; in Violet Grey

(Shu Uemura)

Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo, $11.49; at Ulta

Moisture, moisture, moisture

“Strive to be in a good amount of moisture in your hair routine, such as keeping her hydrated and smooth will help with this. Products can also help you with the fight of heavy elements,” she said.

Haliti calls for adding moisture into your hair care in any way that you can, from leave-ins, masks to professional salon treatments.

“Treat yourself to hair masks or hair treatments to help with moisture and dullness. If you know that you are going to get your hair styled when you make a trip to the salon, you should consider getting a moisturizing treatment. Even doing your own moisturizing mask at home can help combat the effects of heat-styling. Also invest in a good heat protector products that will help you to prevent your hair is harmed in any way,” she said.

“And don’t be afraid to leave-in conditioner your best friend, that can work on a smooth, detangle, eliminate frizz, add shine, repair split ends, stimulating the feelings of moisture and manageability, and protect against UV damage,” she added.

Try: Shu Uemura Art of Hair Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Hair Oil, $69; at Violet Grey

(Shu Uemura)

Davines Nourishing Hair Building Pak, $37; at Davines


Milbon Moisture, Professional Treatment; Price and availability vary per salon


Verb Ghost Prep, $16; with a Verb


A humidifier buy

“If you need warmth, style and especially enjoy the heat inside, but don’t have much time to maximize the moisture treatments, consider investing in a humidifier to help keep moisture locked inside of the house. Those little things can make a big difference in the long term,” the colorist said.

Try: Dyson Humidifier AM10, $349; at Dyson


Objecto H3 Hybrid Ultrasonic Humidifier, $100; Bed, Bath and Beyond


Get regular trims

“Make sure you also continue with your hair regularly trimmed, which helps maintain healthy hair,” Haliti said.




“The winter can have some pretty disastrous again and expose our hair to a lot of elements. Sometimes this can feel like a never-ending cycle. Fight the wind while walking outside can be a hassle, but you can use scarves and hats to combat this,” she recommended.

Try: Everlane Soft Wool Waffle Beanie, $35; at Everlane


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