Winter has a nasty habit of drying things up. Just as your skin suffers from the chilly weather and lack of humidity, your hair takes a beating in the colder months. That’s why it needs a little extra TLC and protection to keep the worst of the damage at bay. This time of year can leave your hair and scalp more susceptible to moisture loss, which then leads to breakage, frizz, and split ends. What was once a mane of glossy, hydrated hair can quickly become a dull, limp, lifeless nightmare to hide under your favorite wooly hat. But, with a few simple changes in your hair care routine, you can prevent the worst of winter damage by prepping for common maladies as soon as the frost sets in.

Hydrate and Protect Your Strands

Tired of struggling with straw-textured hair from November to March? With the drop in temperature comes a serious drop in the amount of environmental moisture, both indoors and out. The lack of humidity pulls hydration out of your hair, leaving it brittle, dull, and prone to breakage. It’s almost frustrating enough to make you consider how good you would look with a pixie cut! But before you call your favorite stylist, address the root of the problem by replacing lost moisture every time you wash your hair. Swap out your summer shampoo and conditioner for something built to prevent and treat dry scalp with a gentle formula that is free of sulfates. Elon’s Moisture Therapy Shampoo and Conditioner check all the boxes, with the added benefit of color protection. Specially formulated to extend the life and brilliance of your hair color, these formulas are designed for hair in need of nourishment. They contain lightweight moisturizers that will hydrate and soften your hair, while reviving shine, color, and manageability.

Extend Your Winter Skincare Routine to Your Scalp

We know that winter skincare requires a unique set of standards for our favorite products and moisturizers. While lightweight formulas and oil-free serums are ideal for the sweltering summer months, the chillier weather can wreak havoc on unprotected skin. That’s why we switch to richer creams, deeply hydrating facial treatments, and wrapping up with scarves to protect from the elements. Shouldn’t you extend the same TLC to your scalp?

When it gets a bit nippy out, it’s important that you keep your scalp moisturized to prevent the itching, flaking, and tightness many of us experience in the winter. While switching to a gentle, hydrating shampoo and conditioner will help your scalp, it’s important also important to decrease the frequency of washes. When we wash our hair, no matter how gentle the formula, we strip our scalps of natural, protective oils. Toning down the number of times you’re lathering up can maintain your scalp’s skin barrier and prevent the worst of the dreaded dehydration.

Consider Vitamins and Supplements That Nourish from the Inside Out

Your hair is complicated, and the nutrients you put into your body play a big role in how healthy it is. For example, decreased vitamin D, which we typically get from spending some time in the sun, can be a major factor in why your hair seems dry, dull, and thin in the winter. Implementing dietary supplements that contain the vitamins your hair needs to protect itself from the elements. Elon Matrix 5,000 Complete is a multivitamin that contains three essential building blocks for healthier hair. Just one vitamin a day will give you stronger, thicker, and shinier hair from root to tip. This formula is perfect for all hair types, and helps revive lifeless, dull strands into lustrous, soft, healthy locks.