Every November(ish) my hair starts to drive me nuts - it's normally been 6 months too long since my last trim, my hair is fried from a summer outside + on the water, and every hair product I own starts to feel totally ineffective. This year was the first year I felt like I seamlessly transitioned into the drier season so I thought I'd share what's been working for me!
1. Shampoo: I use a rather stunning high-low combo of the most expensive shampoo I've ever owned (insert eye-roll... I SWEAR it's incredible!) and the cheapest drug store brand possible! I have a crazy dry scalp (TMI? nothing gross, it just gets itchy!) and my dermatologist told me to use Head and Shoulders. Works like a charm! Seriously. And it's like $5 (or $9.94 but seriously for a gallon). I wash my hair every other day with this stuff. It can build up, however, so once I week I use the Oribe magic sauce (usually on Monday morning so I feel extra fresh for the week ;) When I tell you this shampoo turns your locks to luscious strands of liquid gold, I mean it. I got it as a sample and squeezed every. last. drop. out of the tube. and then sent C to Blue Mercury to buy it for me so that I could claim ignorance re: the cost. There is also a masque version that I'm too scared to try because I'm sure I'd love that too.
2. Conditioner: I have a really hard time with conditioners, they are always way too heavy or way too light. I haven't totally nailed this one yet but so far I've been using a combo of this Kerastase conditioner and this Bumble + Bumble version. I hate how Kerastase smells but it definitely works.
3. Post-shower I've been misting on this Prep spray from Bumble + Bumble. I like using it in the winter as both a heat protectant and a SUPER light leave-in conditioner. My favorite blow-out stylist told me that it really helps product distribute evenly which I kind of thought was B.S. but can now confirm is a real thing - especially when your hair is long.
4. I am still using this Redken Velvet Gelatine blow-dry gel which says something since I normally get sick of hair products when they are about half empty. You know how it goes - just empty enough that I feel justified trying something new but just full enough that I feel bad throwing it away so I stuff it in the linen closet until I clean it out a few months later. Anyway, this is a year-round good one.
5. I finish things off with this GAME CHANGER of a curling iron. I found mine at TJMaxx, I had never seen an extended iron before and my GOD is it epic if you have long hair! I swear it cuts the potential damage down by 50% since I curl my whole head in less than half the sections I used to. LOVE it. I have the 1 1/4" size. I add a few spritzes of C's hair spray (not kidding - I don't even know the brand) and I'm good to go.
There you have it! I'd love any winter hair tips y'all might have!