Winter-Proof Your Hair

We may see our fair share of snow days this season, but there’s no need for those to be accompanied by bad-hair days

The cold, dry air this time of year can wreak havoc on your tresses, leading to brittleness, breakage and increased split ends. We asked the experts at some of our favorite salons for their advice on keeping those locks lovely all winter long.

1. Peak conditioning. Dry air, cold weather and indoor heating sap moisture out of your hair, so it’s important to condition your hair regularly to prevent unnecessary breakage, say the folks at RŌCA Salon & Spa in Westport. They recommend washing and conditioning with products from Sojourn Hair’s moisture line, which uses a blend of pure keratin, cashmere protein and cystine amino acids to help restore natural moisture and eliminate split ends.

2. Protect yourself. Blow-drying, straightening and curling hair can add extra damage during the winter, when hair is more brittle. If you’re dead set on blow drying or styling your hair with a hot tool, use a nourishing oil to pre-treat and protect your crowning glory. The staff at Skyline Salon in downtown Kansas City recommends Oribe’s Gold Lust for making hair look smooth and lustrous while also repairing, strengthening and de-frizzing.

3. Be high maintenance. When it’s this cold out, it’s pretty tempting to hole up at home where it’s nice and cozy—but do make sure you keep those salon appointments. Regular trims are essential for healthy looking hair, says a spokesperson for Soffia Via in Overland Park. While you’re there, have them do a treatment to lock in moisture prior to your cut. The salon offers deep conditioning treatments from Davines and Bumble + Bumble, which will ensure your hair stays smooth and shiny throughout the harsh winter.

- Story by Alex Alford