Simple solutions for common weather-related hair dilemmas.
Dry as Desert Air (from Indoor Heat)
Hair Forecast: No volume in sight and chance of static
“Cold air can’t hold as much moisture as warmer air, so cold days will often have lower humidity,” explains Thomas. “This leads to lower water levels inside hair fibers, causing static electricity to build up in hair, making it difficult to manage, and lack movement and bounce.” Naturally straight strands are more susceptible to Sahara-like conditions because the cuticle lays flat, allowing moisture to easily evaporate; curly hair holds on to moisture in all its twists and turns (also why it’s more prone to frizz.)
Hairspray is your BFF. Tilt your head upside down, spray hairspray from the base of your neck all over hair (Try L’Oreal Professional Infinium 2 hairspray), then flip your head upright, says Gibson, who recommends trying this instant volume booster before you step out of an elevator or leaving the ladies room to meet your date at the bar. As hair settles down, use your fingers to massage your scalp and secure roots in an upright position.
Utilize the power of your shower. A hydrating shampoo and conditioner helps hold moisture in the hair right away, says Karcher. Plus, positively-charged moisturizers counteract negatively-charged static, explains Thomas. (Try Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion Moisture Balance Shampoo and Conditioner, which contains a positively-charged cassia polymer). And schedule a trim as soon as the temperature drops.
“Older hair near the ends have been exposed to so much already—heat styling, the sun, brushing — so it’s naturally dryer than hair near the roots and won’t move, sway and have as much life,” explains Karcher. To get long lasting lift before you step outside, add a golf-ball size amount of mousse to the tip of small tooth comb and work the teeth right into the roots at the crown of your head, says Kristan Serafino, a hair stylist in New York City and author of serafinosays.com. Blast the area with the tapered nozzle of the blow dryer (you don’t want to blow hair all over) on medium heat to set volume all day.