Winter Hair Care Essentials

Hello, beautiful!

As the winter season sets in full-force in Chicago, it’s not just your wardrobe that needs a seasonal switch-up; your hair care routine does too! The dry, chilly air can take a toll on your hair, leaving it in need of some extra TLC. 

This winter, it’s not just about keeping your hair healthy; it’s about making it thrive. I’m here to spill the secrets on the must-have hair care essentials that are total game-changers. From miracle masks to satin sleep secrets, AG’s got the insider info on how to keep your hair looking fabulous, no matter how cold it gets outside.

Ready to redefine winter hair care? Let’s go!

Weekly Hair Mask

Let’s kick things off with a hair care hero – a moisturizing hair mask. During winter, your hair craves more moisture, and a nourishing mask is just what it needs to rehydrate. Below, you can check out some of AG’s favorite hydrating hair masks for the winter season that I keep stocked at AG to bring home with you. Apply it every week for the best results, and let your hair soak up the goodness. You’ll feel brand new after.

How to Apply a Hair Mask for Optimal Results

Treating your hair to a mask is like giving it a luxurious spa day at home. Follow these steps to ensure you get the most out of your hair mask treatment:

– Choose the Right Mask. First, select a hair mask that suits your hair type and needs. For winter care, look for masks that offer deep hydration and nourishment. Ask me what mask is best for your hair type next time you’re in the chair!

– Wash Your Hair. Begin by washing your hair with your regular shampoo to remove any dirt and product buildup. This ensures that the hair mask can penetrate deeply into your hair strands. Gently towel-dry your hair to remove excess water.

– Apply the Mask. Section your hair for even application. Using your fingers or a hair mask brush, apply the mask generously from mid-length to the ends. Avoid applying too much product to the roots, as this can weigh your hair down.

– Massage Gently. Once applied, massage the mask into your hair for a few minutes. This helps the mask penetrate deeper and stimulates blood flow to the scalp.

– Time to Absorb. Leave the mask on for the recommended time on the product label – usually between 5 to 20 minutes. For an intensive treatment, you can leave it on for longer or even overnight, covering your hair with a shower cap.

– Rinse Thoroughly. Rinse your hair thoroughly with lukewarm water. Ensure all the mask is washed out to avoid any residue that can make your hair look greasy.

– Dry and Style. Gently pat your hair dry with a towel. Avoid rubbing your hair as this can cause frizz and breakage. Style your hair as usual and enjoy the soft, nourished feel of your treated locks.

Extra Tip: For an added touch of luxury, wrap your hair in a warm towel while the mask is on. The heat will open up your hair cuticles, allowing the mask to penetrate deeper for maximum effectiveness.

Cuddle Up on a Satin Pillowcase

Next up, an easy but effective trick: swapping your regular pillowcase for a satin one. Satin pillowcases are gentler on your hair, reducing friction and preventing breakage. Plus, they help retain hair moisture which is a must in these drier months. It’s a small change with big benefits for your hair’s health and appearance. Even better? You can purchase one using my Amazon storefront and it will be at your front door in just a few days. 

Add Hair Oil to Your Styling Routine

Hair oil is a winter wonder for your hair. The hair oils below contain a lightweight formula that nourishes and protects. They are perfect for taming frizz and adding that extra shine without weighing your hair down. A few drops a day keeps the dryness away!

How to Add Hair Oil to Styled Hair for a Sleek, Shiny Finish

– Choose the Right Oil. Select a lightweight hair oil suitable for your hair type. Oils like the OligoPro Blacklight Hair Beautifier are great because they nourish without weighing the hair down.

– Use the Right Amount. The key to using hair oil is moderation. For fine hair, a drop or two is sufficient, while thicker, coarser hair may need a bit more. Start with less; you can always add more if needed.

– Warm It Up. Pour the oil into your palms and rub your hands together gently. This warms up the oil, making it easier to distribute evenly through your hair.

– Apply Mid-Length to Ends. Focus on applying the oil from the mid-lengths to the ends of your hair. Avoid the roots and scalp area to prevent a greasy look. If you have split ends, pay extra attention to these areas.

– Use Fingertips or Comb. Gently run your fingers through your hair to distribute the oil evenly. Alternatively, use a wide-tooth comb for even distribution, especially if you have thick hair.

– Style as Usual. After applying the oil, style your hair as you normally would. The oil will add a healthy shine and help smooth down any flyaways.

– Adjust as Needed. If your hair still feels dry or frizzy, apply a tiny bit more oil, but be careful not to overdo it. Your hair should look shiny and feel soft, not oily.

– Regular Use for Best Results. Incorporate hair oil into your regular hair care routine for the best results. Regular use can improve the overall health and appearance of your hair over time.

Less is More: Washing Hair Less Often

It might sound counterintuitive, but washing your hair less in winter can actually help maintain its health. Over-washing can strip away natural oils that are essential for keeping your hair moisturized. Aim for 2-3 times a week, and when you do wash, opt for a hydrating shampoo like Olaplex No.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo for that extra moisture boost.

Moisturizing Spray to the Rescue

For instant hydration, incorporate a leave-in spray into your routine hair wash routine. On your wash days, spray a healthy amount of leave-in spray from mid to ends before brushing through your wet hair. Check out AG’s favorites below!

Lower the Water Temp When you Shower

Hot water can zap moisture from your hair making it brittle and more vulnerable to breaking. Wash your hair with lukewarm water and follow with a cool rinse instead in the winter months.

Now, armed with these winter hair care essentials, you’re all set to keep your hair looking and feeling fabulous. But why stop there? Treat yourself to a little extra pampering with a ‘Refresh Service’ at AG Hair Design by booking a gloss refresh, fresh trim, or a keratin treatment.

Remember, winter doesn’t have to mean dull, dry hair. So, embrace these tips, try out these fantastic products, and don’t forget to book your next appointment at AG Hair Design for that extra bit of hair magic.

Stay warm, stay fabulous, and let your hair shine this winter.

With love,


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