When it comes to naturally curly hair you may struggle with dryness year round, but winter can be especially hard on your locks. That is why these winter care tips are even more important to keeping your curls in check all year round!
Plan Your Washes
One of the most important tips is to plan out your washes logically, especially if you donâ%u20AC%u2122t blow dry. Many girls with curly hair opt to air dry to avoid fizz but if you donâ%u20AC%u2122t plan your washes correctly you could be headed out into the cold with a head full of wet hair. Not only can this affect your hair it can affect your health. Try planning your washings for the evening before you go to bed so you know you will have time to dry before braving the cold.
Winter can be especially tough on dry hair, and if your hair has trouble retaining moisture you will notice even more during the long dry winter months. Winter is the perfect time to update your moisturizing routine.
Choose a shampoo free of harsh ingredients like sulfates that strip your hair of natural moisture & nutrients. Donâ%u20AC%u2122t skip conditions, this is when your hair will get the moistures it needs. Leave conditioners in for at least 2 minutes letting it really sink in.
Seal in Moisture
One you have rejuvenated your hair with a good condition donâ%u20AC%u2122t let that moisture be stolen by the dry winter air. Seal in all of that good moisture with an oil. Some great oil options are olive oil, coconut oil or jojoba oil. But remember oil alone doesnâ%u20AC%u2122t moisturize your hair and applying oil without moisturizer first will leave you hair looking dry in no time.
Protect you Locks
Harsh winds and winter air will steal moisture from your hair. If you plan on being exposed to the elements for any length of time protect your hair by covering it. Opt for a satin scarf as the first layer which touches your hair then cover that with a thicker scarf or hat for more protection. The soft satin layer will stop your hair from getting caught in thick winter garments.
Protective styling is a great option to keeping your hair healthy during the long winter months. Over styling can be one of the most damaging thing you can do to your hair. To avoid hard heats on a regular basis try braids or twist that last for several weeks. These styles are a great option because there is no need to style all the time. Also, wrap your hair at night to help protect your curls against harder fabric such as cotton bed sheets.