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Tracy Frank, Published December 27 2012

5 Things Friday: 5 tips for winter hair care

FARGO – Winter hair woes can take many forms.

There are the static-y strands that stick out like Medusa’s mane and the dry, lackluster locks that refuse to hold a style.

And, of course, the dreaded hat head.

But there is hope. Here are five tips for taming worrisome winter hair.

1. Moisturize

Avon’s Advance Techniques Moroccan Argan Oil Leave-In Treatment is my new favorite hair product.

I’m very hard on my hair. I wash it every day, dry and curl it almost every day and have it highlighted two or three times a year. Left alone, my tresses have a tendency to be dull and frizzy, but the Moroccan Argan Oil leaves my hair looking and feeling smooth, shiny and healthy.

It sells for $12 for 2 ounces, but a little bit goes a long way, and Avon often offers deals and specials on the product.

2. Chelate your hair

While I’m a big fan of Argan oil, it is possible to get too much of a good thing. Hair-care advocate Audrey Davis-Sivasothy says products containing oils, conditioners, serums and pomades might make you feel better in the short term, but they can build up and prevent your hair’s ability to hydrate over time.

To remedy the situation, she suggests detoxing hair by using a chelating shampoo. It works by lifting stubborn buildup from products and hard water, she said, adding that clarifying shampoos are a good substitute when chelating shampoos are not available.

After chelating, deep condition your hair for 10 to 15 minutes. And to go the extra mile, Davis-Sivasothy suggests using an apple cider vinegar rinse to close the cuticle and enhance your hair’s shine.

3. Brush your hair – but not when wet

Philip B., a hair treatment expert with his own line of hair care products, says a good brushing is an exfoliation treatment for your scalp.

It stimulates cell turnover to make your hair stronger and healthier, drags the natural conditioning oils from your scalp to your ends to keep them shiny and moisturized and buffs the hair cuticle to boost overall glossiness, he said. He recommends using a pure boar bristle brush if you have fine, wispy hair or a brush that combines natural boar’s hair and nylon bristle if your hair is normal to thick.

Don’t brush your hair if it’s wet, though. Philip B. says hair is weaker and more elastic when wet, so brushing it can lead to breakage and split ends. Instead, comb wet hair and brush when it’s dry.

4. Bounce your hair

For dry, static-y hair, WebMD suggests rubbing a fabric softening dryer sheet like Bounce lightly on your hair to remove static and every time you put on hand cream, scrunch some on the ends of your hair.

5. Loosen that hat

To avoid hat head, Philip B. says to make sure your hat isn’t too tight. Before donning your hat, make sure your hair is completely dry and cool, he says.

For long, wavy hair, Philip B. suggests coiling it on top of your head before putting your hat on. When you take it off, refresh your roots with dry shampoo and run your hands through it to fluff it up.

For short hair, Philip B. says to rough up your hair with your fingertips as soon as you take off your hat. Use dry shampoo to add instant volume or a dab of texturizing pomade to revive and define choppy layers.

For a flat, straight look, Philip B. says to part your hair in the middle and smooth it into a low ponytail before pulling on your hat. When you take it off, let your hair down and smooth it out with your hands.

Editor’s note: “5 Things Friday” is a weekly feature in SheSays that runs on – you guessed it – Fridays. It focuses on quick tips, ideas, activities and more – all in bunches of five. If you have a “5 Things Friday” suggestion, contact us at shesays@forumcomm.com.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Tracy Frank at (701) 241-5526