As we enter Autumn, it is more important than ever to keep hair healthy and protected against the dryness and breakage that come with colder weather. With the dryness of cold air and indoor heating, hair becomes more prone to frizz and split-ends. To keep on top of your fall and winter hair care, we pulled together the perfect products to maintain moisture and shine for every hair type.
For healthy growth – Vitabrid C12
When temperatures drop, it is crucial to maintain scalp care by promoting healthy moisture and growth. Of the hundreds of products promising thicker hair, we love Vitabrid C12’s Hair Tonic Set. The formula uses pure vitamin C for 12-hour continuous coverage to promote a healthy scalp and increase hair strength. The tonic set comes in both a spray and oil, either of which can be applied directly to the scalp for thicker, fuller hair. The tonics go great with Vitabrid C12’s Scalp+ shampoo, which works to revitalize the scalp and strengthen hair roots, all while gently cleaning for shiny, fuller hair. When applied twice a day, we found that it visibly increased hair thickness and growth within one month — check out our full review and testimonial here. The formula is easy to apply and nourishes hair without appearing greasy, making it perfect for all-day wear. I also love applying it a second time before bed, and letting it work its magic overnight. The brand also has a dedicated Amazon storefront, and will be having a 40% off sale for Amazon Prime Big Deal Days — don’t miss it!
For endless moisture – Maui Moisture
Fall and winter haircare emphasizes moisturizing products, which can sometimes be too much for those of us with fine hair, which is why it’s crucial to find a shampoo and conditioner combo that hydrates our hair without weighing it down. We love Maui Moisture’s Hibiscus Water shampoo and conditioner, which offer weightless moisture that softens and quenches without leaving any oil or residue. For colder months, the shampoo and conditioner pair perfectly with Maui Moisture’s Heal & Hydrate Shea Butter Hair Mask. This creamy masque uses shea butter, coconut oil, and macadamia oil to nourish and hydrate hair by deeply quenching and conditioning. It can be applied from roots to ends, and can be used as both a deep treatment during your shower, or as a leave-in mask afterwards. I love applying it to my split ends before bed and letting it work its magic overnight. The first time I used it, multiple people asked if I got a haircut the next day —that’s how much healthier my hair looked, all from one application! Needless to say, this product is an essential for your arsenal of healing and moisturizing products this winter.
For textured hair – UZIMA
In the dryness of the colder months, it is especially crucial to keep textured hair quenched and protected. We love Uzima’s line of textured hair products that emphasize strength and moisture. Founder Leona Dondi blends her Kenyan roots with natural ingredients and innovative biotechnology to create uniquely powerful and dynamic hair treatments that are nothing short of luxurious. For your post-shower routine, their Unyevu Lightweight Silk Leave-In uses African Baobab and Ximenia oil in the ultimate moisturizing and curl-defining formula for long-lasting hold and shine. Their Ukuaji Blooming Serum is the perfect pick to stimulate growth, as it uses powerful and sustainably-sourced ingredients like turmeric stem cells and bhringraj to calm the scalp and supercharge the roots. This works to fight shedding and encourage growth, both of which are particularly crucial protective measures for the winter months. The serum mixes perfectly with their Nishati Nourishing Oil, a luxurious oil blend that tames frizzy or tangled locks while moisturizing and reviving distressed or damaged strands. Finally, we love their luxe Usawa Fermented Rice Essence, which uses the power of fermented rice water and African hibiscus to fortify hair strands and rehydrate the scalp. The spray can be applied to hair both before and after showering, allowing it nourish the scalp from start to finish.
For oily hair – Neutrogena
Moisturizing products can also be tricky for those with oily hair. Luckily, Neutrogena’s line of shampoos for oily hair offer moisture and protection without weighing down hair or leaving any greasy residue. Their Healthy Scalp Clarify & Shine shampoo and conditioner set works to add softness and shine while clarifying the scalp and fighting oily build-up. This yields beautifully weightless tresses and a scalp free of residue, all without overly drying out the hair or roots. It not only tackles oil build-up from your day, but also works to clarify the scalp and fight oil throughout the day. And it doesn’t hurt that it smells incredible — its uplifting pink grapefruit scent makes it the perfect addition to your morning shower.
For color-treated hair- AVEENO
Color-treated hair can be especially vulnerable to dryness and breakage, especially in the winter months. To protect color while adding shine and strength, we love Aveeno’s Blackberry Quinoa Blend Shampoo and Conditioner. This protein-rich formula combines the gentleness of oats with blackberry and quinoa proteins for a fresh wash that soothes hair and prevents breakage. It works to calm the scalp and repair dry or damaged hair while prioritizing color protection and restoration. This shampoo and conditioner combo is made without sulfates, dyes, or parabens, and with oats sources from the heart of the Mississippi River Valley, rendering it the perfect all-natural alternative to the many chemical-heavy protectants on the market. Ultimately, they’re the perfect pick to nourish colored hair from root to tip.
For the spa treatment – KEVIN.MURPHY
Hair masks are a crucial member of your winter hair arsenal, and we love Kevin Murphy’s broad selection of salon-grade home treatments. Their masques are to be applied to freshly washed hair for 5-10 minutes and then rinsed for the perfect post-salon bounce. We recommend the Hydrate-Me Masque, which leaves hair looking visibly softer and more vibrant. And while we usually only see anti-aging products targeting the skin, Kevin Murphy has a masque for that, too — their Young. Again Masque and Treatment Oil duo work to enrich and restore tired and damaged hair. To top things off, we love the Blow.Dry Ever.Bounce heat-activated style extender, which can be applied to wet hair for the perfect voluminous, long-lasting blowout every day.
For a tropical touch – OGX
OGX is a longtime fan favorite for enriching shampoos and conditioners. To bring a touch of summer to your winter hair routine, we love their Nourishing Coconut Milk Shampoo and Conditioner. They bring your shower to the tropics with the subtle sweetness of coconut milk and coconut oil, blended with egg white proteins for a luxuriously creamy lather. This exotic blend works to strengthen roots while hydrating throughout for balanced, healthy hair. For your post-shower routine, OGX’s coconut line also features the Nourishing Coconut Milk Anti-Breakage Serum, which uses the same ingredients to repair and defend your hair from the elements, adding strength and elasticity. It adds the perfect softness and shine before styling, and a divine scent that keeps hair smelling freshly tropical throughout the day.
For fall styles – UNITE Haircare
It can be tricky to find styling products that lift and hold without sacrificing moisture. To protect hair in the fall and winter, we love UNITE Haircare’s 7Seconds line of hair-friendly styling products. Start your routine with their 7Seconds Detangler/Leave-in Conditioner, which smooths out tangled knots while nourishing your hair. Follow up with their 7Seconds glossing spray, which can be applied before and after heat treatment for shiny, weightless hold. For a wavy look, try their Texturiza Spray, a dry finishing spray that will bring your hair’s texture, volume and hold to new heights. We also love Unite’s 7Seconds Hair Masque, a spa-grade treatment that soaks into hair to restore, hydrate, and soften.