As temperatures drop you're going to need another source of pride besides your Channing Tatum-inspired abs, which are currently useless, hidden away behind Aunt Betsy's beloved holiday sweater. Luckily, you won't have to look hard for an alternative—the mane you've been carelessly tossing up into a samurai pony all summer is now your new winter accessory. Here, five simple tricks for maintaining and moisturizing your long tresses during cold-weather months.
1. Ease Up on Washing
Shampooing every day depletes natural oils from your scalp that replenish hair. To retain moisture in your strands during months when tresses are more susceptible to dry air, Rob McMillen, head barber at Blind Barber in New York City, suggests limiting your washing regimen to 1-3 times a week. "Avoid rinsing with hot water—lukewarm water is always best," he says. "End your shower with a cold rinse to lock in moisture and volume." He recommends SachaJuan Shampoo and Conditioner as go-tos.
2. Minimize Heat Styling
Big, bad '80s hair should stay in the '80s, so give your blowdryer a rest. "Air or towel dry hair to minimize frizz and avoid static cling caused by dry heating systems and cold-weather accessories like scarves and sweaters," says Bret Reichley, head barber at F.S.C. Barber in New York City (5 Horatio Street). He recommends Malin & Goetz's Sage Styling Cream to help maintain style and add texture.
3. Condition, Condition, Condition
"I often find that men use the wrong conditioner, or none at all," says Mark McAlpine, colorist and stylist at Serenity Salon in New York City. To moisturize strands and reduce the effects of static, McAlpine suggests working a dime-sized amount of Oribe Supershine Light into towel-dried locks. This leave-in conditioner is easy to apply and doesn't weigh the hair down or leave it feeling greasy like heavier creams tend to do. For men with fine hair, he suggests blowdrying for a few seconds to add volume.
4. Proper Styling Goes a Long Way
You don't have to live through a single bad hair day ever again if you know the right way to style your mane—and the solution is easier than you think. "Men have a tendency to want to put product on dry hair, but this actually isn't ideal as once the hair is dry it is very difficult to reshape," says David Kastin, stylist at Cutler Salon in New York City. Damp hair will absorb the products you apply, which allows you to reshape and set your style, he explains. Kastin recommends Redken Maneuver Working Wax for fine hair and Redken Get Groomed Finishing Cream, a heavier formula with moisturizing agents, for thicker hair.
5. Trim Regularly
The cold season's the time to take care of your locks and repair damage like dry or dead ends that you've been brushing aside since this summer. This includes scheduling regular trims with your barber. "Keeping your ends healthy will enhance your long look all winter," Blind Barber's McMillen says.
—Ivy Tan, online producer at Details