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15 Winter Hair Problems – Solved

The game-changers, the mane-tamers, and the secret weapons that have transformed my hair from 'meh' to 'mane-nificent'.

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As a beauty editor, I’ve always believed that hair is the ultimate accessory—it never goes out of style and you wear it every day. But let’s be real: finding the perfect styling products can be quite the challenge. Whether it’s serums that promise to defrizz your hair but turn your stands into an oil slick, or volumizing mousses that leave your locks feeling like Laffy Taffy, we’ve all been there.

Also, winter brings on some additional hair woes. Firstly, the cold and dry air strips moisture from your hair, leading to brittleness and increased breakage. Indoor heating, while necessary for warmth, exacerbates this dryness. This lack of moisture not only affects the hair shafts, making them weak and prone to splitting, but also impacts the scalp, potentially causing dandruff or an itchy scalp. Additionally, the frequent transition from cold outdoor air to warm indoor environments can stress hair follicles and strands, further contributing to hair damage. Protective styles and regular moisturizing treatments are essential during these colder months to maintain hair’s health and vitality.

That’s why I’ve decided to dive headfirst (pun intended) into the vast ocean of haircare products, armed with nothing but my keen sense of what makes ultra-hold stronger than mega-hold. (Or is it the other way around?!)  Either way, it’s safe to say as a beauty writer, I get to try out tons of products each week.  Some make my nice list, and others, well, they just fall flat and totally let me down. Ahead, I reveal my current hair styling product obsessions—the game-changers, the mane-tamers, and the secret weapons that have transformed my hair from ‘meh’ to ‘mane-nificent’.

1 – Hair Problem: Frizz

Solution: A smoothing serum or anti-frizz oil. My favorite multitasker to fight frizz is Keratin Complex Keratin Obsessed Multi-Benefit Treatment Spray. This lightweight all-in-one spray is bursting with keratin and packed with 30 nourishing benefits that deliver healthier, stronger, more vibrant hair instantly.

2 – Hair Problem: Crunchy Curls

Solution: A deeply hydrating curl booster.  Curlisto The Curl Dream Cream offers thermal protection to keep your curls shiny and damage-free as you style for a soft, non-crunch finish.

3 – Hair Problem: Flyaways  

Solution: A wax stick. KISS COLORS & CARE Edge Fixer is perfect for effortless and controlled styling. Slick your hair back, swoop your edges and tame your flyaways with an infusion of strengthening biotin B7 and conditioning shea butter. This flake-free wax stick keeps your style sleek and locked in.

4- Hair Problem: Lack of Volume

Solution: A volumizing mousse or spray. To add some extra oomph, I like to use Living Proof’s Full Dry Volume Blast, which provides lift and body without stiffness.

5- Hair Problem: Dullness

Solution: A gloss treatment. Redken’s Acidic Color Gloss Activated Glass Gloss Treatment gives your hair an ultra-dazzling shine that lasts for 3 days. The secret to getting this glass-like look is through the scientific formulation of the products, which penetrates deep into the strand, resulting in an intense, molecular-level shine right in your shower. 

6 – Hair Problem: Split Ends

Solution: A leave-in treatment. Trimming split ends is your best bet but my favorite way to prevent them is Redken’s Extreme Anti-Snap Leave-in Treatment, which is specifically designed to prevent breakage and split ends.

7 – Hair Problem: Buildup

Solution: A clarifying shampoo. PURA D’OR’s Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo is a top-notch clarifying and detoxifying shampoo infused with Apple Cider Vinegar that will help clarify and detox your hair from excess oil and buildup.

8- Hair Problem: Color Fading

Solution: Color-protecting shampoo and conditioner. Pureology’s Hydrate Shampoo for Dry, Color-Treated Hair is a great choice to protect color vibrancy and ensure lasting color payoff. The sulfate-free shampoo hydrates normal to thick, dry, color-treated hair.

9 – Hair Problem: Heat Damage

Solution: A heat protectant spray. Great for all hair types, The Beachwaver Co. Great Barrier Heat Protectant Spray can be used on damp or dry hair. Use it to provide a light, flexible hold, de-frizz and protect against heat and environmental factors. (Oh, and it smells divine!)

10 – Hair Problem: Thinning Hair

Solution: A hair supplement. Bosley MD mendXtend Healthy Hair Growth Jelly Supplem


11- Hair Problem: Greasy Hair

Solution: Dry shampoo. NAK HAIR USA Dry Touch Spray is a barely there dry shampoo, designed to effectively absorb oil and residue and refresh the hair and scalp.

12 – Hair Problem: Breakage

Solution: A reparative treatment.  ApHogee Two-Step Protein Treatment is formulated with activated proteins and magnesium which fuse into the hair with the application of heat. Hair breakages is drastically reduced for 4-6 weeks following use.

13 – Hair Problem: Dryness

Solution: A deep conditioning mask. I love to use It’s a 10 Miracle Hair Mask as a weekly deep-conditioning mask to repair damage and prevent frizz and split ends. You can also use it as a daily conditioner.

14- Hair Problem: Complicated Curling Irons

Solution: The Farrah is designed for women with medium to long hair. The smooth curl, no-tangle technology puts the power of a stylist in your hands to create salon looks in seconds. Lightweight, compact, and user-friendly, the Farrah will quickly become your new go-to magic wand. I love how it’s designed for one-handed operation. Whether you’re righty or lefty, ergonomically designed buttons,
switches and handle give you easy control while you style.

15 – Hair Problem:  Dandruff

Solution: A gentle anti-dandruff shampoo. OUAI Anti-Dandruff Shampoo helps reduce flaking, itching, and irritation associated with dandruff while leaving hair feeling clean and soft.




Janene Mascarella holds the answers to all your burning beauty questions. Her work has been published by a variety of top-tier titles and media outlets such as Cosmopolitan, Self, Glamour, Health, Cooking Light, Women’s Health, USA TODAY, The Washington Post, CNN.com, Woman’s Day, Parenting, Consumers Digest, Parents, Family Circle, Babytalk, Weight Watchers, Working Mother, Fodor’s Travel, Hamptons Magazine, Consumer Reports, ShopSmart, Modern Woman, CBS News, Shop Etc., Taste Of Home, PureWow, and many others. She was beauty director of BELLA Magazine for over 11 years, the fashion editor of Luxury Living Magazine, and a frequent beauty & lifestyle contributor for Parade.com. Besides deeply pondering hairspray holds and TikTok trends, Janene is the mom of two college-aged kids and she oversees copy and content for KISS Products, Inc.
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