Nothing complements a gorgeous confident smile like a head of glossy healthy hair. But the dry cold air of wintertime can really take a toll on your locks, making them brittle, prone to split ends, and damaged.

Luckily, it’s easier than you may think to hydrate your hair in the winter.

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5 Great Moisturizing Tips for Almost Any Hair Type

1) Try a weekly at-home mask.

Like your skin, your hair can benefit from moisturizing ingredients applied liberally every once in a while. Think hydrating and all natural ingredients like olive oil, coconut oil, avocado, honey, and eggs. Check out these 10 recipes from Hairfinity!
You can also try using a leave-in hair treatment that you use overnight (available at most salons and markets). Just look for high quality and follow the directions listed.

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2) Consider supplements.

Foods rich in Vitamin A, C, D, and E, as well as iron, zinc, beta-carotene, magnesium, essential fatty acids, and protein are essential for a optimizing hair growth and hair quality. So in addition to eating plenty of veggies, fruits, and lean animal protein this winter, consider asking your doctor about adding some supplements to your diet, as well.

3) Use a pre-heat treatment before blow drying.

You don’t want to walk outside in the cold when your hair is still wet, since it can become more prone to breakage that way. But excessive heat can be super drying and damaging to hair, as well.
So, before using your blow dryer, curling iron, or flat iron, consider pre-treating your hair with a heat safe product to minimize damage. Ask your stylist for suggestions.

4) Shampoo and condition like a pro.

When you over-wash your hair, you’re stripping away natural oils from your head that serve to protect your hair and give it its nice healthy sheen and glow. These oils are especially important in the dry winter time. So, try washing your hair every other day if you can get away with it.
Likewise, you can prevent your hair from looking too oily too quickly by only using conditioner on the ends of your hair, and never at the roots (where your scalp’s natural oil glands are located).

5) Build better brushing habits.

Your hairbrush may be contributing to your dry hair by damaging strands and removing natural oils. Be sure to stick with these pro tips:
– Never brush your hair when it’s wet! Use a wide toothed comb instead.
– Opt for a boar bristle brush that helps distributes natural oils in your hair.

Got any other dry hair ideas of your own? Let us know about them in the comments!