Winter Hair Care

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As soon as the summer frizzy hair season ends, we find ourselves smack dab in the middle of dry hair frizzy season! 


We have four distinct seasons but when it comes to hair, we really only have two - summer and winter. Winter presents a unique set of challenges and no matter the hair type everyone struggles with maintaining moisture. The air is dry both inside and out and it seems to suck it right out of your hair and skin. Today I'm sharing my tips and favourite products to combat this tricky hair season, and showing you how I add a little curl to my everyday hair! 

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The first place to start is to look at your shampoo and conditioner. I've tried every drug store brand, celeb endorsed and salon favourites and this Redken All Soft is the only one I will recommend to you. You can buy the shampoo and conditioner via those links or find it at the salon located in Wal-Mart Canada. I check in with them to see when they have the buy one get one half off sale and that's when I make my purchase.

This shampoo and conditioner adds moisture without making your hair greasy. My hair is naturally dry plus I colour my hair, and it makes my hair feel buttery soft. Also, the smell is lovely without being overly perfumed. I use this in all four seasons, going on five years now. I try other brands from time to time just to test them out (because I really do love trying out products!) but I always come back to Redken All Soft.

Winter Hair Care

So now you've washed and conditioned your hair. Pat dry and wrap in a hair towel while you finish getting ready for the day. Hair towels help dry your hair by almost 50%. This helps cut down on drying time, which is exactly what you want. More heat on your hair means more damage. 

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Here are three of my everyday products, Drybar's Hot Toddy heat styling protectant, Wet brush and a wide tooth comb

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You only need a little of Drybar's Hot Toddy heat styling protectant. I use a little more than a dime sized amount. You will find that this bottle will last for quite a while. I'm pretty sure I can get almost a year out of it (I skip days washing my hair). 

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Rub the product in your hands and then run through the ends of your hair. Pull your hands through your hair until all the product is mixed in. You want the product to be about an inch or two away from your roots because this is what causes your hair to look greasy. 

Winter Hair Care

After applying your heat protectant, brush it through with your wet hair brush or wide tooth comb. Make sure to set the part in your hair before blow drying. 

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Repeat after me: I promise to always point my hair dryer down. Pointing your hair dryer down helps to seal the cuticle and reduce frizz. When you blow dry in every direction, that's how your hair will end up! Having a good quality hair dryer is also important. Look for one that has ionic technology (reduces drying time, better for your hair!) and a cold shot option. I bought my hair dryer from a salon for $200. It was a much more than my usually $20 hair dryers, but I was replacing those cheap ones every 6 months and this one has already lasted me three years! When I do need to replace my hair dryer, I'll be replacing it with the Drybar Buttercup hair dryer.

I also recommend picking up this book by the founder of Drybar "The Drybar Guide To Good Hair For All" It's an easy read and is split into a few categories on how best to blow dry your own hair based on your hair's type. I'm in the thick and frizzy category and I found that reading this book helped me understand how best to work with my hair type. The book also includes a few step by step instructions on how to create fabulous hair styles. 

Winter Hair Care

After drying I add a little of the OUAI Hair oil just to the ends to smooth and add shine. 

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Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo & Hot Toddy heat styling protectant 

I wash my hair every other day, and I even go three days without washing when I just don't have the time. The only way to accomplish that is with a good dry shampoo. I've tried them all, cheap and expensive, and the Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo is hands down the best. I spritz a little on my roots, let dry for a minute and then lightly rub it in with a towel. Then brush, style and go!

OUAI

I saved up 500 Sephora points and cashed them in for the OUAI kit. I had heard so much about this celebrity favourite hair care brand and I wanted to try it out for myself. Little tip from me to you is if you collect Sephora points, cash them in for things you want to try, not beloved favourites. It's the perfect way to try out a new brand without the high cost. You might just find a new favourite in the process!

I absolutely love the smell of the OUAI products and I will be ordering full sizes of the Leave in conditioner and Hair oil. The Finishing creme is ok, same goes for the Texturizing hair spray that is more like a dry shampoo, but they just don't fit into my routine. I'll pass them along to a friend to try out. I like to switch up my styling products just to keep things interesting. If I use my dry shampoo for a few days I know my hair is going to be craving some extra moisture so instead of using the Hot Toddy above, I'll spritz in the Leave in conditioner to get my hair an added boost of hydration. It's still a heat protectant and that's really the most important thing. You do not want to be heat styling without protecting your hair first. 

Winter Hair Care

Most days I add a little curl to my hair. Just enough to add a little texture and interest to my usually straight hair. I'm sure there are more professional ways to do this but I choose the quick and easy version. I divide my hair down my part all the way to the back of my neck and push both halves in front of my shoulders. Working on one side, I pin up my top layers and divide the long hairs into three. I curl, away from my face. Then I curl the layers the same way. Repeat on the other side. I check and see if there are any hairs that didn't get curled and fix those ones. Then I let cool down. 

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After cooling, brush out with a wide tooth comb and done! Because I'm only looking for a little curl, I curl my hair in large chunks. I don't use a hair spray and the curls will eventually fall to slight waves during the day. You can always add hair spray to retain those tighter curls. But I like to keep things easy...

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So I can spend more time with my fast growing, Ivy! Taking all these photos in my home office, she was right underneath my feet the entire time! She also likes getting her hair done but she's still scared of the hair dryer so no tutorials from her 😁

My wish for you this holiday season is frizz free and stress free hair! If you have any questions about these tips or products, leave them in the comments below! 

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