Five Things: Major Winter Haircare

I've been borderline-not-okay-obsessed with treating my hair right since roughly two years ago.

Currently, I have a long bob. I chopped nine inches (yes - NINE) of my hair off in November, so it's a lot easier to keep tabs on, but I remember - not fondly, mind you - the days of going through bottle after bottle of conditioner and wondering if I could be doing anything different. The answer was: yes, obviously, I needed to trim all the dead ends off. Duh. There's no substitute. But instead of doing that, I attempted to revive my hair with masks, oils, at-home remedies, and the like. I tried everything I possibly could to avoid a trip to the salon.

I hear (read: imagine) all of you sitting there dumbfounded, asking me, but why?! And I'll tell you. It's a horror story involving a Russian woman who, after I asked for a "warm-me-up" color revival, put straight-up bleach into my hair and left me under a hair dryer for FORTY FIVE minutes. I had to quite literally stop and remind her as she was walking past me that I was sitting there, and that my scalp was now on fire, and could she kindly wash the devil substance off my head. And, after the color came out and I was looking in the mirror at a shades-of-white blonde, I vowed (for a while anyways) to never let another person touch my precious hair again.

This is insanity. I know it is. But there's truly nothing that can console you when your long, beautiful, healthy hair goes from deep auburn and rich to straw-like and colorless, and you're sitting there crying in the salon thinking you might have to shave your head because the damage is just too much. Two years later, after multiple hair masks and remedies and me sitting at my desk cutting dead ends off my hair with some regular office scissors, I finally decided that I should take the plunge and let bygones be bygones when it came to salons. But that doesn't mean that I didn't discover some kick ass hair remedies along the way - and they are some of my favorites to use each winter season to prevent my hair from drying out, getting frizzy, and being a general hot mess.

1. Terax Crema Ultra Moisturizing Daily Conditioner ($23) - This super luxe conditioner is recommended by none other than beauty icon Liv Tyler (I mean, come on). It's got an amazing smell, including shea and juniper, which revitalizes stressed out hair from everyday wear and tear, while replenishing your tresses. Use this if you need to fix your split ends and breakage, re-moisturize your mane after chemical treatments and / or salon-related damages, fighting away static and frizz. This ish will leave your hair so soft and silky that you won't ever want to use anything else.

2. Sachajuan Over Night Hair Repair ($60) - For those of us that are massively lazy, just get products that work for you while you're snoozing. This one specifically is one of the BEST of those products. It's made from pure water (in gel form) that rebuilds and strengthens hair, giving it unreal shine with sea algae working to add moisture and shine to each strand from the inside-out with protein, trace elements, and minerals. Made in Sweden, use this if you need a treatment that is best used at the ends of the hair (where all the damage is anyways) to enable strands to retain moisture throughout the season, and saving them from being forever brittle.

3. Bumble and bumble Creme de Coco Masque ($28) - This mask, indulgent as it is with triple tropical butters, works hard to enrich your scalp with intensive moisture, giving you soft, glossy, and silky hair. This baby packs a punch and is great for someone with especially dry hair, acting as a putty for damaged strands. It's also great for all hair types (except super fine, which will be weighed down). I love this guy because it's so flexible - you can leave on for 7 to 10 minutes in the shower, or wrap in a warm towel and sit out in the sun for a bit. OR, if you're feeling super indulgent, leave it on overnight for an ultra hydrating treatment. Use this if you're in desperate need of something to calm down that dry and frizz-prone hair, ladies.

4. Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil ($48) - Ugh, I die for Josie Maran. This Argan Oil specifically is a nectar from the gods for your hair. It's 100% organic, chemical-free, and straight from Morocco. This bottle is loaded with Vitamin E, fatty acids, and has no fillers or fragrances - guaranteeing that it's healing and repairing processes are uninhibited. This oil can be used in your hair for shine and softness, on your body as a moisturizer, as a salad dressing... pretty much anything you're looking for. And the women who grow it also harvest it, meaning that you're empowering women each time you buy a bottle. Use this if you want to moisturize your scalp and enhance your color and shine, all at once.

5. Rahua Omega 9 Hair Mask ($58) - If you want to bring your dull strands back to life, this baby is for you. It's a hair mask that's vegan, 100% natural, and only takes 15 to 20 minutes once a week to make a difference. It's sure to have your hair healthier and stronger for the season. It's a conditioning mask that promises to inject roots with shine, making your scalp healthier, minimizing frizz, and even preserving color (if you dye). It uses an omega-9 oil, Ungurahua, which penetrates each strand, healing it and infusing it with mad moisturizing properties to restore. Use this if you want something to fix everything at once, and then some - it's just that good.

When all else fails, y'all, just go with some Coconut Oil or Olive Oil and make yourself a DIY hair mask. Real talk, sometimes they work better than the fancy ones.

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