Do the winter months have your locks looking less than glamorous? Try some of these simple, inexpensive and effective tips for battling those dreaded bad hair days!

The winter months are often accompanied by a multitude of benefits that we reap with excitement- the utilization of chic winter accessories, like scarves and boots, an excuse to quadruple your intake of Starbucks Gingerbread Lattes (hey- you have to stay warm, right?!), and a heightened desire to cuddle. Despite all of these little pleasures, colder weather can manage to have some detrimental side-effects, specifically on the state of our hair. Any woman can attest to the fact that with the dropping of the temperatures comes the rising of hair havoc.

Because of a dryer air quality, a lot of women experience an increase in hair-static during the cold-weather months.  This is not only extremely irritating, but also unattractive and definitely unwanted. To abolish static in hair, try infusing more hydration-based products into your daily hair regimen. One terrific way to achieve this is by using a deep conditioning mask on a weekly basis. Another trick of the trade? Try rubbing a dryer sheet over your static-crazed locks! I recommend carrying a few sheets in your handbag for static emergencies.

Winter months mean shorter days and, often, more time spent indoors and out of the sunlight.  As a result, many women might notice that their hair color tends to be duller than in warmer-weather days. However, increasing salon trips for coloring treatments not only can become a burden on your wallet but your overall hair quality. An effective solution to dull color is a gloss or glaze treatment. They are simple, cost-effective, and practically fool-proof, as well as ideal for boosting shine and light-reflecting pigments in hair. Or, if you’re feeling especially daring, take a gander at an at-home highlighting kit. Many are suitable for even hair-dye neophytes, and can add just the right amount of “pizzazz” to your current shade.

Another common winter hair-care issue that many women suffer from is dry scalp, due in large part again to a dryer and more frigid air quality. This can lead to itchiness and-gasp!- dandruff. The only white dustings on the ensembles of fashionistas should be from a snow flurry- not a dry scalp. Several beauty specialty stores offer products designed to restore a scalp back to health, all of which can be easily integrated into your pre-existing hair routine.

Last, but by no means least, many women will experience dreaded “hat hair” during the colder months. But fear no more- there are ways to stay both warm and voluminzed! If your hair is looking especially flat after rocking a cap, consider carrying a mini bottle of aerosol hairspray in your handbag; spritzing your roots will add instant body to your tresses.