The coming of winter means that there’s plenty of fun in the snow, but that also means ducking into and out of dry heat, blasting cold air, hats and the melodrama of WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR HAIR DURING HOLIDAY PARTY SEASON. Well, maybe it’s not dramatic as all that, but talk to me again when your calendar’s all filled and you’re trying to get it to behave. Heat styling tools, tons of sprays and the like can leave you with parched, unruly hair or generally lifeless strands that are begging for help.
As a beauty editor, I’m here to help.
I’ve rounded up 12 of the best hair treatments for all types of hair and placed them in the gallery below. Curly, processed, natural, stringy and lifeless, damaged and crying in the night: whatever is ailing you, there’s a cure below.
- Don’t exceed the processing time on your deep conditioner. If it says 15 minutes, leave it on for 15 minutes. If you need a little extra, add regular conditioner to your hair when you’re in the shower while you shave your legs. Exceeding the processing time risks the conditioner doing the opposite of what you want it to do, which means it can actually dry your hair out.
- The steam room at the gym is the best way to cheat on a salon-quality treatment. Work out, then slather your conditioner on after you’ve washed your hair and go sit in the steam room for 15 minutes. The heat opens the hair follicles, which helps the treatment penetrate more effectively.
- Try applying it to dry hair. I am also a fan of slathering conditioner on dry hair and then washing and rinsing if you have dry, damaged hair. If you have oily or flat hair, wash first, then apply.
Did I miss one of your favorites? Let me know! I always love discovering new, exciting treatments!