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From skiing and ice skating to lounging fireside, winter provides fun and cozy recreational ideas. Though we love the rosy cheek color the chilly weather naturally brings, winter can be rough on your hair. Here are a few ways you can enjoy the seasonal fun without compromising your mane!

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Well-maintained hair starts with the right nutrition. Hydration is just as important for your hair as it is for your skin and body. To combat dryness or soothe dry hair, drink extra water. Also, take a daily fish oil supplement. It can make a huge impact on both your hair and skin!

Add extra care to your hair care. When washing, vary the water temperature. Exchange the hot water for warm when shampooing. Follow up with a good hydrating conditioner and rinse in cool water. Before breaking out the blow dryer, stylist Sarah Simmons stresses the importance of priming hair. She recommends Bumble & Bumble Tonic Lotion, a detangler and primer that also aids in managing static hair. Simmons also recommends blow drying with medium to low heat instead of blasting your hair with hot air.

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Don’t be afraid to ask for professional help. Hair stylist Erin Atkinson recommends using a good deep conditioner at home to help beat winter hair woes. She also suggests asking your hair stylist for a clear color at the salon. It goes on like an all-over color, but produces a clear shine.

Even with the best care, there’s always the chance your hair may lose to the winter weather. When that happens, don a hat! Hats are great winter weather defense for hair. They aid in retaining body heat while protecting you and your hair from the elements. And they’re super stylish, too!

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Sarah Simmons’ hat tips include wearing one that is not too tight and doesn’t sit right on your head to avoid the dreaded hair crease. Keep a small teasing comb handy to perk up roots a hat may flatten. Hats also mix well with low messy buns, which look great with and without the hat. With a little extra TLC, your hair can weather the winter!

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