PUBLISHED: 5:10 PM on Wednesday, December 6, 2006
Keep your hair healthy and static free during cold, dry months
Split ends, dry scalp and static cling - when it comes to the winter months, hair care can be difficult.

"It's not the cold weather, but more the dryness and the wind," said Haley Writer, director of a salon, who offered the following tips.

For normal to dry hair, deep condition for 20 minutes two to three times a week during the winter months.

Wright recommends using products designed to combat static problems caused by hats and scarves. After your hair is dry, brush the anti-static product through section by section. Also, keep a dryer sheet with you in a plastic baggy and run the dryer sheet over your hair every time you have a problem.

A heat-protection product is good to use all year when using flat irons, blow dryers or curling irons. Heat-protecting products, whether sprays or serums, are especially good in winter months when the air is dryer.

Those suffering from dry scalp should use a shampoo and conditioner designed to bring your scalp back to a healthy ph level.

Avoid products with high silicone of wax contact. These make hair heavy and dry it out over time.

Wash your hair every other to every third day, depending on your activity level. Washing your hair too often strips it of its natural oils and nutrients. If you need to, use a leave-in conditioner or rinse your hair thoroughly in the shower, then use a conditioner on the ends. This is especially important in the winter when there is less moisture in the air.

To keep your hair looking fresh and healthy, color it darker in the winter months. Other styles this season include long, internal layers that give the hair a lot of movement without loosing too much weight, and heavy bangs. People also tend to wear their hair long and down in bigger, fuller styles during the winter months.