Thu, Oct 4, 2012 – by Alisa Neely

4 Bad Things Cold Weather Does to Your Hair

How to Fix ‘em for Free

The colder months can be brutal, and not just on your heating bill. Our hair takes a beating too. Between static electricity and hat head it’s hard to remember that our locks were once bouncing and beautiful. But have no fear. We're on a mission to solve your winter hair woes once and for all. Check out these four winter hair fixes that won’t bust your budget—because, everything you need to put these tips into action, you already own:

1. The Dry Zone. Cold winter weather literally pulls moisture out of your hair, leaving you with extreme dryness that can sometimes lead to dandruff. To restore dry winter hair, open up your cabinets and dig out the honey. Honey is a humectant and it will put moisture back into your hair and help to keep it there. Simply mix a ½ cup of honey with a tablespoon of almond oil and massage into clean, damp hair. Throw on a shower cap or use some plastic wrap to cover your hair. Leave on for 20 minutes. Shower and condition as usual. Now you know why Pooh Bear’s fur always looked so good.

2. Hat Head.  Nothing kills a good hair day like hat head, but with the snow falling and the wind chill factor below zero there’s no way you’re stepping out of the house without one. Here’s a quick fix: put your hair in a high bun on top of your head using an elastic to keep it in place (envision a ballerina’s bun and you’ll know the look we’re talking about). Put your hat on over the top of the whole thing and off you go. The hat won’t squish your roots down because they’re being pulled upwards by the bun, thus eliminating the horrible flat top look. When you get to your destination simply set your locks free.

3. Dullsville.  The serious shine you have during the spring and summer months seem to all but disappear when the temps start to drop. If you don’t want to wait until the Easter bunny arrives to see it again, you’ve got to try this home remedy. Mix a tablespoon of lemon juice with a tablespoon of white vinegar into your daily dose of shampoo. Lather your hair and rinse as usual. Use this mixture once a week to keep your locks looking shiny.

4. Splits-ville.  Dry, frizzing split ends are just one of the token pitfalls of chilly weather. The best way to fix this is a quick visit with a pair of scissors, but in order to prevent them from happening again you’re going to have to raid the fridge. Mayonnaise doesn’t just add the zing to your favorite sandwich; it also helps prevent split ends. Look for natural mayonnaise if possible. Apply a healthy scoop to damp hair, comb through with a wide tooth comb. Cover with a shower cap or plastic wrap and leave on for 20 minutes to an hour and shampoo out.