How to take care of Curly hair in winter
Colder winter months always mean paying extra attention to our coily tresses. The dry air and cold wind affects appearance of your hair. Just as we fight frizz during humid summer months, you want to prevent any damage to your curly hair during cold dry months. Here are 5 winter hair tips for healthy, nice curls!
- Deep condition a lot
This is one of the most important tips. Fortifying your hair with nutrients, moisture, and protein if you are not protein sensitive, helps prevent breakage, brittleness, and keeps our waves hydrated.
These things are essential to have healthy hair year-round, but in the warmer months, I can get away with deep conditioning less often, usually once a week. However, as it gets colder, I will use a deep conditioner every single wash–usually two to three times a week since my waves are so prone to dryness.
- Temporarily shelve your humectant-filled products.
Humectant ingredients including honey, wheat protein, fructose, sorbitol, glycerin and panthenol are great in the summer and help to moisturize your hair by taking it from air all-around. However, they tend to do the opposite to our natural waves in the wintertime, drawing moisture out from your already dry hair making it even drier and more prone to breakage, split ends and flyaways.
- Honey, Please
Honey is awesome when used in conjunction with a conditioner fortified with olive oil and avocado oil. If you are worried about the hair being too oily after the deep condition, use a light shampoo as a topper. Honey is a natural humectant and helps your hair retain moisture, making it a great treatment for dry, winter hair. Honey can be added to cleansers, conditioners, deep conditioners and oils. Honey also works well works when combined with other ingredients, so you can look for products that contain honey.
- Get A Trim
Every 10-12 weeks, trim off what is dead to avoid choking the life out of your hair. When ends are split and frayed, nutrients don’t know where to go. Often stylists will recommend 6-8 weeks, but this is not necessary for curly hair exstensions (when you get a cut tailored for your type).
- Welcome steam into your routine
Steam is essentially moist water, and water gives hair moisture, so this is especially important with the dry, humidity-lacking winter air. Add steam to a deep conditioner so that it penetrates deeper. Another option is using steam with either a leave-in or moisturizing cream on second and third day hair because it will hydrate the hair while revitalizing droopy waves. Steaming to refresh winter hair may even extend your wash day too.