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Winterizing Your Hair Care

Experts say harsh winter weather and a change in temperatures can be hair's No. 1 enemy. Here's why -- and what to do.

Static Cling and Other Hair Styling Snafus

As anyone who's ever tried to pull socks out of a clothes dryer can tell you, static electricity can be a powerful force. But sticky socks are the least of your problems when compared with what static can do to your hair.

The remedy is the same one you use on your laundry: a fabric softening dryer sheet like Bounce!

"Just rub it lightly on your hair and it will remove the static," says Chavez.

Slightly more conventional is using a natural boar bristle hairbrush with a wooden handle, which Harris says can also reduce static.

When it comes to styling winter hair, a few quick product switches may be all you need to combat most problems. For Harris, it starts with substituting a hair cream for your usual styling gel.

"Styling creams now trump the gel market because they add moisture to the hair, make it more pliable, and give it better elasticity so it's less likely to break -- all extremely important in winter," he says.

In fact, when choosing any winter hair styling products including holding sprays, Harris says avoid high alcohol content, which can be drying to hair. Likewise he says avoid putting fragrance directly on your hair since its alcohol content can also cause your tresses to look and feel dry and brittle.

Most importantly, limit your time under a blow dryer -- good advice all year round but essential in winter, he says. To do that and still effectively style your hair Harris says use a towel to gently blot about 20% of the moisture content out of our hair, then hit it with the heat, stopping the moment your hair is dry.

To cut down on the proverbial "hat hair," experts say pull longer locks into a pony tail high on your head, or push short hair straight back, before putting on the hat. Pushing hair against the way your style should fall, says Chavez, will help it spring out with bounce once the hat is removed.

To ensure that it does, he also suggests carrying a travel sized dry-hair texturizer that adds instant body.

Harris says if you styled your hair with a cream product, adding just a few drops of water to your hands and rubbing them through your hair can refresh the style.

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