How to Fix Frizzy Hair in Winter: Expert Tips

Fact checked by Olga Sadouskaya, MD
Clinical Pharmacologist, Chief Medical Officer

Is your hair more unruly during cold weather?

Do you find that the ends of your hair are dry and frizzy in winter?

If you live in a cold climate, you know the toll that extreme winter temperatures and dry air can take on your skin and hair. Static and frizzy hair can feel impossible to tame and may even affect your self-confidence.

Keep reading as we discuss the causes of frizzy hair in winter. Plus, we’ll walk you through how to fix frizzy hair and tell you about the best frizzy hair products for healthier locks this winter.

Why is your hair so frizzy in winter?

During the winter months, frizzy and dry hair becomes a problem for women and men. Frizzy hair affects people with all types of hair.

So, why is your hair so frizzy when the weather turns cold?

Well, first you need to understand a little about the structure of hair.

Your hair has a protective layer called the cuticle, designed to protect it from external stressors and lock in moisture. A healthy cuticle lays flat and keeps natural oils in the hair shaft, creating a smoother appearance.

A woman with frizzy hair in snowy winter

During winter, the dry air and harsh elements damage the cuticle. Without its protection, moisture evaporates out of your hair and results in frizziness. Dry air also creates static electricity, which forces your hair to stand on end.

Freezing winds and rain further damage your hair, making it unmanageable and prone to breakage, flyaways, and split ends.

How to prevent your hair from getting frizzy in cold and dry weather

You may be wondering how to fix frizzy hair and protect your locks from being ravaged by cold, dry weather. 

At WeatherWell, we’ve compiled haircare tips to help you prevent frizzy hair before it starts. Whether you have short frizzy hair, long frizzy hair, frizzy straight hair, or thick and curly frizzy hair, our tips will help you get through the harsh winter with healthy locks. 

Don’t wash your hair frequently

Your scalp produces natural oils that condition, hydrate, and protect your hair. Unfortunately, the cold winter air and over-washing strip these oils from your hair. It’s a recipe for a dry scalp and frizzy hair.

If possible, avoid washing your hair every day during winter. If you have oily hair, you may need to wash it every other day. However, people with dry hair can cut down to washing it once or twice a week.

Avoid extreme heat

If you’re struggling with frizzy hair, you may be tempted to flat iron your hair or apply heat with a blow dryer in an attempt to smooth it out. Unfortunately, this will probably just make dry frizzy hair worse. Studies show that extreme heat — from hot water and heat styling — makes the hair cuticle brittle. This allows moisture to escape, damaging your hair and causing frizziness.

Avoid this by only taking quick showers in lukewarm water. Then, apply a protective spray before using a hairdryer or styling tool. You can also let your hair air dry before using your blow dryer to finish it off.

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Cover your head 

Protect your hair from the dry winter air, wind, and rain by covering it up with a hat or scarf when you go outside. Opt for gentle fabrics like cotton, silk, or satin to avoid more static frizz.

Brush carefully 

Using a brush with natural bristles may help to prevent breakage and static frizz. However, when your hair is wet, comb it carefully and gently with a wide-tooth comb. This is when hair is most fragile.

Cut your hair

Getting a trim every six weeks during winter helps to get rid of split ends and remove hair damaged by the cold, dry air. 

Humidify the air 

Indoor heating dries out the air, which can damage your hair, making it frizzy and dull. Experts suggest using a humidifier in winter to add moisture to the air and bring the shine back to your hair. It’s great for your skin too!

Don’t rub your hair dry 

Rubbing wet hair with a towel can damage your hair and create frizziness.

To avoid this, dab your hair and squeeze the moisture out with a soft, absorbent towel. You can also apply a leave-in conditioner and heat-protective spray before drying your hair for added hydration.

Nourish your body

Your hair is a living tissue that much like skin and nails, grows fast and needs a constant supply of nutrients for optimal health. Consuming a balanced, whole-food diet gives your body the raw materials to build strong, luscious hair.

Lifestyle tip: Research shows that the nutrient biotin supports healthy hair growth. Try to eat more biotin-rich foods like eggs, dairy, fish, mushrooms, avocados, berries, and cauliflower.

Frizzy hair treatment

If you’re already dealing with frizzy hair, taking action quickly can help tame your mane.

You can ask your hairdresser for a soothing, hydrating hair treatment. Or you can use tried-and-tested home remedies for frizzy hair.

Home remedies for frizzy hair 

Get ready to say goodbye to winter flyaways, frizz, split ends, and wiry hair.

Below are some of the most popular and effective home remedies for frizzy hair suitable for women and men. Frizzy hair of all types will benefit from these natural remedies.

Make an egg mask

Packed with protein, essential fats, and biotin, eggs are nutritional powerhouses for your body and mind. They can also nourish your hair when applied topically. An egg mask may smooth out frizz and repair hair damage. 

A woman with frizzy hair outdoors

Crack two eggs and whisk them before gently massaging the mixture into your damp hair and scalp. Put a shower cap over your head and leave the mixture on for 15–20 minutes. Wash your hair with a nourishing shampoo and conditioner in tepid water and watch your frizz transform. 

Use an apple cider vinegar rinse 

Your scalp and hair cuticle need to maintain an acidic pH of 5.5 for optimal health and shine. Unfortunately, the harsh winter elements and other lifestyle factors can destroy this balance. If the pH of your hair becomes alkaline, it increases static electricity and friction between hair strands, causing damaged cuticles and frizzy hair.

Using an apple cider vinegar rinse may correct pH and tame frizzy hair.

Mix 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar with 500 ml of warm water. Wash your hair before pouring the vinegar solution over damp hair and massaging it into your scalp. Rinse well with cool water and wrap your hair up with a soft, absorbent towel. You can repeat this once or twice per week for the best results.

Rehydrate with coconut oil

You can reduce frizz in winter by oiling your hair with coconut oil. Research shows that coconut oil can penetrate the hair shaft, protecting the hair from damage.

Create an oil mask by rubbing a small amount of coconut oil between your palms. Gently massage the oil into your scalp and through your hair until it’s well coated. Cover your head with a towel and let it soak in for 15–30 minutes before washing your hair well. 

If the ends of your hair are dry and frizzy, run a little coconut oil through the tips to smooth them out.

Condition with beer

It may come as a surprise, but beauty experts and celebrities often credit their smooth, glossy hair to beer. Beer is packed with vitamins and minerals that when used topically, may improve the quality of your hair and reduce flyaways.

Keep a container of (flat) beer in your bathroom and massage some into clean, damp hair before rinsing with lukewarm water. For best results, repeat this once or twice weekly.

Best frizzy hair products

The correct haircare products can make a huge difference when preventing and treating frizzy hair during winter.

Here are some frizzy hair products you can stock up on to encourage smooth, shiny hair:

  • Hydrating and smoothing shampoo: The best shampoo for frizzy hair is a hydrating shampoo designed for dry, damaged hair.
  • Leave-in conditioner: Using a leave-in conditioner during winter can smooth out frizzy hair. Apply it to damp hair after shampooing and comb it through with a wide-tooth comb. It’s great for both long and short frizzy hair.
  • Hair serum: Applying a moisturizing hair serum helps your hair retain moisture, smoothes frizziness, and protects your locks from the harsh winter elements.
  • Hair mask: Using a weekly hair mask in winter may help to restore moisture and nutrients to damaged hair.
  • Heat protective spray: Apply a protective spray to dry hair to guard against frizziness from heat damage when using hot styling tools.
  • A hairbrush with natural bristles: A natural hairbrush helps reduce static and frizziness in winter.
  • A microfiber hair towel: A soft, absorbent towel helps to protect your hair cuticle from damage when your hair is wet.

Wrapping up 

The bottom line is that your hair needs more attention during winter to prevent dryness, breakage, split ends, and frizziness. The advice and tips above will help you achieve smoother, glossier, and healthier locks all year round.

January 18, 2023