20 best products for dry winter hair

Does it seem like the second cold weather hits—BAM—your hair and scalp feel dry? And with that dry winter weather comes flyaways, limp locks, and an unhappy you. Why?

The thing is...cold air has less moisture than warm air causing water loss from your skin and hair. This can lead to:

• Skin, including the scalp, becoming dry, cracked, and itchy and can even lead to flaking (notice that you need more body lotion in the winter? Scalp is experiencing the same dryness); and

• Hair becoming dry, brittle and even weak.

Well, fret no more. This is your big, beautiful, bouncy, perfectly moisturized guide to the absolute best conscious hair products for dry winter hair. Check out our star picks (20 of ‘em!) that’ll keep your mane looking and feeling like you just stepped out of the salon, every chilly day of the week.

no time to read?
ask the experts
Get personalized hair product recommendations hand-picked for you by our Master Stylists.
get recommendations

Our hair experts picks

Before you reach for silicone-based hair products in a moment of weakness, take a look at this list. Promise there’s something here that’ll turn your dry hair around. Add a few of these beauties to your winter hair routine.

Hair Serums, Oils and Leave-In Conditioners

1. Naturally Drenched Watermelon Oil

$38.00

Let’s kick things off with this beautiful lightweight oil that packs a big moisturizing punch. The pretty pink bottle holds 100% cold-pressed organic Kalahari Melon seed oil, a wild watermelon. Rich in antioxidants for a sense of protection from the elements, this hair oil delivers a feeling of rejuvenation to dry, damaged strands and visibly promotes hair growth. Wondering if it’s for your hair type? This oil has the reputation as the most non-greasy hair oil on the market.

Who is it for?

Fine to Thick Hair Types

add to cart

2. Oway Glossy Nectar

$35.95

Newly reformulated, this serum nourishes dry, damaged hair with organic Black Quinoa and ethical Marula oil. Not only does it make hair feel richly hydrated, but your mane will also look youthful and vibrant. And it reduces blow drying time and provides a sense of protection from drying cold, wind, and indoor heating.

Who is it for?


Medium to Thick Hair Types

add to cart

3. Davines All in one milk

$38.00

A multi-use leave-in conditioner that addresses dryness concerns for fine to medium hair types. The signature Roucou oil delivers hydration and shine without weighing the hair down or leaving a residue behind. It additionally softens, detangles, smooths frizz, and provides heat protection.

Who is it for?

Fine to Medium Hair Types

add to cart

4. Oway Nurturing Drops

$52.95

Oway knows how to do hair serums. This one provides a feeling of health and hydration to damaged hair, and visibly improves split ends in an instant. It’s also a great way to protect your hair from damaging heated styling tools and cold weather. Black Quinoa and Marula oil mean hair is left soft and shiny.

Who is it for?


Dry, Thick Hair Types

add to cart

5. Reverie Milk Anti-Frizz Leave-In

$42.00

Speaking of sprays that seem to work miracles…allow us to introduce a leave in that conquers frizz while acting as a hair conditioning treatment. Yes, give strands a dose of lightweight moisture that delivers a smoothing, frizz-taming appearance with a soft as silk feel. AND it’s perfect for all hair textures, including fine hair, thanks to lightweight Coconut, Olive, and Almond oils.

Who is it for?

Fine to Medium Hair Types

add to cart

6. Oway No Rinse Moist Leave-In

$45.95

No leave in roster is complete without Oway. Use this versatile product to detangle, moisturize, tame, and scent your mane. Made with a rich organic essential oil base to provide a look of silky smoothness. Pure, steam-distilled Vanilla, Cinnamon, and Orange oils offer a delicate natural fragrance you’ll love.

Who is it for?

Thick, Unruly, Very Dry Hair Types

add to cart

Winter Shampoo & Conditioner

7. Davines Momo Shampoo & Conditioner

$68.00

You know we love Davines around here, and the Momo combo is certainly no exception. One of the best moisturizing shampoos out there, Momo adds a feeling of hydration to dry hair and visibly improves shine and fullness, too. As for the conditioner? You can kiss tangles and frizziness buh-bye. Try this duo on your dehydrated hair. You won’t be sorry.

Who is it for?

Dry, Medium to Thick Hair Types

add to cart

8. Routine Inc Cat Lady Shampoo & Conditioner

$48.00

Curious how to prevent static in winter? Go with a hair softening and hydration shampoo and conditioner that stops it in its tracks like Routine Inc Cat Lady Shampoo and Conditioner.

The shampoo contains a vegetable-based keratin that increases the feeling of strength and elasticity in hair, while Adansonia Digitata seed protein provides a sense of recovery from damaging dryness. As for the conditioner, Quinoa is added to deliver a feeling of protection to fragile strands and improve the look of volume in hair. Coconut, Pineapple, Vanilla, and Cocoa create a mouthwatering scent that will transport you to warmer times.

Who is it for?

Fine to Thick Hair Types

add to cart

9. Oway Moisturizing Hair Bath & Hair Mask

$83.90

This shampoo and conditioner duo is the go-to for extremely dry and damaged hair. They improve porosity by nourishing the strand and locking in moisture keeping your hair looking healthy and beautiful for the long-term.

Who is it for?


Dry, Medium to Thick Hair Types

add to cart

10. Innersense Hydrating Cream Shampoo & Conditioner

$79.00

Those of you with thick or curly hair will want to pay attention. This shampoo and conditioner couple from Innersense is ideal for those with dry or frizzy hair. The shampoo is super condensed and made with Sage and Tamanu essential oils to deliver max moisture for bouncy, well-defined curls. As for the conditioner, it’s richly emollient to keep curls and frizz under control. Monoi oil and Aloe combine to smooth the hair cuticle, while Orange flower oil delivers high shine. No silicones necessary.

Who is it for?

Dry, Medium to Thick Hair Types

add to cart

scalp treatments

11. Innersense True Enlightenment Scalp Scrub

$42.00

Who doesn’t love a good scalp scrub? It feels great, is good for hair and scalp, and this one from Innersense adds hydration with Apple fruit. Natural salt, clay, and minerals cleanse away impurities, while Celery and Peppermint deliver an invigorating sensation. Tea tree oil is included to calm feelings of irritation associated with dry scalp.

Who is it for?

All Hair Types

add to cart

12. Kavella Scalp and Hair Oil Treatment

$39.00

A crowd-pleasing blend of ultra-luxe Jojoba oil, organic Caster oil, Cedarwood Oil and Thyme, Kavella's Scalp & Hair Oil Treatment delivers hydration to the hair while stimulated hair growth, soothing irritated or dry scalp, and regulating oil production. Did you know that scalp issues can lead to hair that looks thin, limp, and damaged?

As a treatment: Apply to the scalp to ends before massaging it in. Leave on for 10+ minutes before you shampoo. Pair wiht a Clarifying Shampoo to detoxify the scalp and hair.

As a hair oil: Apply 1-3 pumps to the palm of your hand and emulsify. Apply to the mid-length and ends of the hair to seal in and prevent moisture loss.

Who is it for?

Fine to Thick Hair Types

add to cart

13. Cult & King Tonik

$35.00

If you aren’t currently using a scalp tonic, it’s definitely time to start. The Tonik makes hair feel nourished and hydrated, while at the same time conditioning the scalp, balancing the pH, and curtailing inflammation caused by DHT -- which causes hair loss.

As if that’s not enough, this and all Cult and King products are refillable and unisex. This leave in is truly one of our faves here at North Authentic for good reason.

Who is it for?

Fine to Thick Hair Types

add to cart

Hair Masks and Treatments

14. davines nourishing building pak

$42.00

Hair mask to the rescue! Ideally, you should be using a hair mask weekly, no matter what time of year. But in the winter? Feel free to double or triple up on your hair masking days. This baby goes the extra mile by improving the feel of strength and moisture in dry hair. Not only is it a super nourishing hair mask, but it works on all hair types, including fine hair, without weighing strands down. An absolute must for your winter hair routine.

Who is it for?


Fine to Thick Hair Types

add to cart

15. Evolvh Ultra Repair Reconstructing Masque

$48.00

Never seen your hair so dry? Time for the big guns. Evolvh’s hair mask leaves dull, dry, compromised hair feeling renewed and replenished. Especially effective in visibly smoothing coarse, curly, and frizz-prone hair types. Your main will be left looking restored, tangle-free, and well-behaved.

Who is it for?

Medium to Thick Hair Types

add to cart

16. Innersense Hydrating Hair Masque

$30.00

So, you want more hair mask recs? Ok, ok. How about a mask for all hair types and textures? One that offers a feeling of strength and improved elasticity to dry strands. A mask that gives hair a luxurious, shiny, healthy appearance. This is the one! Crafted with natural oils—Flax seed, Monoi, Coconut, and Tamanu—plus rich Shea butter to do the heavy lifting in the hydration department. Apply the mask, sit back and relax, and admire your gorgeous hair.

Who is it for?

Fine to Thick Hair Types

add to cart

17. Love Curl Mask

$38.00

Of course, we have one for the curly-haired, too. This extra nourishing mask conditions hair and provides control for waves and curls. Hair is left unbelievably soft and manageable thanks to Jojoba and Sweet Almond oils. This will be your new favorite hair care product.

Who is it for?

Fine to Thick Hair Types

add to cart
18. Hot Head Heat Cap

This microwaveable heat cap is genius.

Do you know why your hair stylist sticks you under the heater when you get an in-salon hair treatment? It's because heat lifts the hair cuticle allowing your hair to absorb more of whatever is on it.

Now you can give yourself that same deep hair treatment at home with this eco-friendly heat cap.

After applying your conditioner or hair mask, cover your hair with a biodegradeable shower cap before applying your heat cap and leave on for 10-15 minutes.

Who is it for?

All Hair Types

Heat Protection

19. Hair Love Prep Spray

$28.00

You know heated styling tools, like your curling iron and blow dryer, can make your hair even more dry. That’s where a heat protectant spray comes in handy. This spray makes hair feel strong and hydrated while providing a sense of protection from heat damage. Perfect for all hair textures, locks look shiny and healthy after use.

Who is it for?

Fine to Thick Hair Types

add to cart

20. Oway Thermo-Detangling Cloud

$50.95

The formula’s rich yet lightweight texture protect the hair strand from heat styling tools while locking in hair's moisture.

Great for curly hair before diffusing. Your natural curls are left bouncy, intact, and your hair retains its shape, flexibility, and brilliance.

Who is it for?

All hair types

add to cart

Like your skin, your hair care routine should change seasonally to tackle challenges often attributed to the change in weather. Add a heavier hair treatment or hair mask to your routine, along with a scalp tonic and heavier leave in conditioner or hair serum every winter to keep your hair looking its best year round.

We love providing you with the best go-to cheat sheets of products for whatever your hair concern or goal. But if you really want access to your own personal hair care expert, take the short 2-minute quiz and we will prescribe an 8-Step Hair Care Routine including exactly what YOU need from shampoo to styling products.

ingredient preferences
Shop "Free Of"

All North Authentic products are free of: Sulfates, parabens, EDTA, 1,4 Dioxian, and many more all provided in our Hair Crimes List. While we work with our brands to become even more conscious, we identify additional "Free Of" ingredients on every product page.


Shop "Free Of" ingredient preferences using our Filters. You can also take the North Authentic Hair Quiz to get your personalized hair care prescription of the best products for your hair curl type.