Jet Rhys, owner of Jet Rhys Salon in San Diego and stylist to the stars (Clive Owen, Elisha Cuthbert, and Matthew Perry, to name a few) knows a thing or two about hair care. She’s been featured in publications such as Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Vogueand InStyle. She is also one of the creative geniuses behind the styling of national television and print ads featuring to-die-for tresses for Pantene, L’Oreal, and Revlon. Here, Jet shares her must-have products and best winter hair secrets, from easy tricks for avoiding hat head and static cling to ways to protect your hair from harsh wind and chilly temperatures. Plus, she gives us her very own at-home recipe for healthy locks, as well as her favorite budget buys.
1. Pick the right time of day to suds up. Who knew? “Washing hair at night during the cold months can reduce dry scalp and itchiness,” a common problem with winter hair, explains Jet. “Allowing the hair to rest overnight during sleep can help natural oils to form, protecting both the hair and scalp from harsh winter air.”
2. Combat the elements with a natural, DIY treatment. Jet’s favorite at-home recipe to add to our hair regimen? “A great DIY rosemary and honey mask treatment to combat the dryness.” says Rhys. This winter hair secret helps your locks in three important ways: “This conditioning mask blends honey for shine, olive oil for moisture, and essential rosemary oil to jump start hair growth.”
- 1/2 cup honey
- 2 tbsp of warmed olive oil
- 4 drops of essential rosemary oil
Whisk all ingredients in a small bowl and apply to towel-dried hair. Then, place a plastic cap on your head and let it sit for 20 minutes.
When you’re done, Jet says, “Shampoo, rinse, voilà! Instantly hydrated hair!”
3. Your styling tools matter. “When you wake up, use a natural bristle brush to pull oils through the ends of hair and help reduce fly-aways; I love the Sephora Collection Boar Detangling Brush ($24, at Sephora).” The YS Park Carbon Tiger Brush 580, $58, precisionshears.com, is another favorite pick of Jet’s: “The bristles smoothly grab the hair while the short bristles create gleaming shine throughout the hair.”
4. Avoid hat hair. If your hat doesn’t fit right, try this winter hair secret: “Check the size of the hat,” says Rhys. “You should be able to fit two fingers between the hat band and your hair because most hat hair is caused by wearing the hat too tight.” How do we keep our hair from turning into a matted mess post-hat? “I suggest spraying some frizz controlling hairspray on dry hair before wearing your hat out.”
Get rid of static cling: “Add Aussie Hair Insurance Leave-in Conditioner Spray ($3.99, drugstore.com) during the winter months. This prevents dry, parched hair and helps avoid static electricity.”
5.Use the right products for dry locks. Products that hydrate your hair are a must in the winter months: “Try a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner such as Davines Melu ($19.80, drugstore.com). This anti-damage line is great to coat the scalp and hair naturally with olive oil to reduce fly-aways!”
Jet Rhys‘ best budget-friendly pick for quenching dry, winter hair? “I have always loved Infusium 23 conditioner ($6.99, drugstore.com). When I see very damaged hair, this is my go-to product; I have seen it repair the most severe dry hair with a few applications!”
Don’t forget: Before you pull out that hot flat iron, use a heat-protecting spray to save locks from damage. Tsuya Pata Treatment Spray, $15.29, amazon.com, is Jet’s pick: “I love the hydrolyzed silk–it adds gloss and shine.”