brunette woman is not happy with her fragile hair

Summer can be harsh on your hair; the constant sun, salt water, chlorine are all factors that can lead to damage. Believe it or not, it’s nothing compared to winter. The low humidity conditions makes the hair fragile and prone to breakage. So, when you heat style in winter, you are virtually guaranteeing damage. Learning how to make hair look better when air-drying will help you break away from constant heat styling, and it will also prepare you for frizz free summer tresses. Click the notes for more. —Kelly Rowe

Start by using deep conditioners and masks more often.

Your hair is parched in the winter so it’s perfectly fine to use a deep conditioner or mask more often. Try using one Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday and you will see a great difference in the texture and manageability of your hair.

Use moisturizing products not smoothing products.

Humidity helps hair spring up into waves but it can also cause hair to frizz, that’s why you need a smoothing product. In the winter a smoothing product will just make your hair look limp. Use a light moisturizer like cream whip.

Sleep on wet buns or braids.

This is the easiest way to make sure you have beachy smooth waves in the morning, plus if will leave you a few extra minutes to sleep in since you hair will already be done.

Don’t wear hair in tight ponytails or updos often.

While this is a good idea to follow all year, following it in the winter is essential. Hair pulled up tight can cause rings of breakage; hair lacking in elasticity and moisture (winter hair) is especially prone to this. These rings make hair look messy when you air dry your strands,  so wear your hair down or loosely pulled away as much as possible.

By Kelly Rowe. Kelly Rowe is a professional hair stylist in NYC and a regular contributer to Style Noted.
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