“Baby, it’s cold outside!” Is your naturally curly hair getting the love it needs during the winter months? It’s hard to keep hair hydrated between enduring the dry heat indoors and cold winter air outside. It’s important to add a few staples to your hair care routine to ensure your curls are healthy, defined, and moisturized. Tressly is here to tell you what our team does to rock our locks no matter what the temperature is. Read onward so you can look and feel with these helpful winter hair hacks:
Lock in extra moisture
Moisture is hard to come by in the harsh winter months, so when you get some, lock it in! You can do this by doing a deep conditioning mask at least once a week.
There are many different products form your kitchen or the store that can be used to hydrate dry hair. If you don’t have a specialty deep-conditioner on hand, reach for your regular conditioner you use after shampooing. It’ll do the trick.
Start by working the conditioner into your ends, then up the shafts of your hair. Now you’re free to do whatever you want for the thirty minutes it takes your conditioner to penetrate your hair.
After thirty or forty minutes, wash your hair as normal following the deep conditioning mask. Be sure to lather up and massage your scalp to fully cleanse your hair from any lingering product.
Make it a weekly routine and your hair will be softer, more manageable and less prone to breakage no matter how long the heater is on.
Incorporate Oils and Creams
Deep conditioning is great, but don’t stop there. Adding nourishing oils to your hair care routine such as argan, jojoba, or castor oil can come with many amazing benefits.
Apply an oil after cleansing your hair from a deep conditioning mask to help seal in all that moisture to your curls and scalp. Follow the oil with a curl cream to add definition—trust us, those winter winds won’t stand a chance. Many stylists recommend using products from the same line or overall brand since they are formulated to compliment each other, however, it’s all about finding what works for you! Do some research on which oils and creams will work best with your curly hair type and experiment until you find your favorite method.
Sleep on a satin Pillowcase
Ah, one of the wisest and time-tested beauty secrets in the book. Sleeping on a satin pillowcase can save your hair from unwanted damage, frizz, and dryness.
Satin pillowcases are incredibly smooth compared to other materials. Therefore, they cause the least amount of friction coming in contact with your hair for hours at a time while you sleep.
Cotton can strip your hair of its natural moisture, making it dry and brittle, so satin is a great alternative. If you’re still not convinced because your favorite pillowcase is cotton, opt for a satin bonnet to slip on before you snooze. This is sure to keep your hair looking fresh all week long.
Stay healthy and Hydrated from the Inside Out
It’s easy to get caught up in topical treatments and remedies while forgetting the most important healthy hair habit of all – taking care of yourself from the inside out. Treat yourself to a protein-rich diet with lots and lots of water. Your hair will thank you during the cold winter when it is the most susceptible to breakage.
Fun fact: Almond butter has been significantly linked to hair health given its high levels of protein, healthy fats, and certain vitamins.
Wash Your Hair Less Often
Skipping a hair wash really isn’t as gross as it sounds. C’mon ladies, we’re all doing it. Although washing your hair thoroughly from time to time is by all means necessary, make sure it’s not being done too often. Not taking enough time between washes can cause an overly oily scalp and breakage.
If you’re used to washing your curls every other day, go for every third day for the next few weeks. It may seem out of routine, but your hair will adapt quickly. Based on your preference, you may eventually add another day or two as your hair becomes accustomed. In the long run, your hair will be stronger and healthier overall, something we all could use this winter!
Skip the Heat Products and Tools on Your Curls
Work with what you’ve got and rock that natural look! Styling tools and excessive heat can be damaging to all types of hair. During the colder months, avoiding the heat of a hair straightener or a blow dryer can be super beneficial. Heat paired with icy temperatures can cause breakage and excess frizz.
Skip the heat tools and let those locks air dry. Doing this will not only let you hit that snooze button one more time, but will also keep your locks looking bouncy and healthy.
Cover It Up
When you venture out into those frigid temperatures, don’t be scared to bundle up smartly! Swap out your fuzzy wool hat and scarf for silk lined ones. Wool and cotton have a tendency to press down and squish curls, especially at the crown of our heads and at the nape of our necks. What’s the best part? Switching to silk will not only look super chic but will keep your curls looking voluminous all day long! There are a ton of options online and in stores, so go out there and find the ones that speak to your personal style.
Keep those curls hydrated! The market is full of refreshing sprays. Do your research and find your favorite. Once you’ve found your holy grail, be sure to bring those curls back to life by giving them a spritz. A little tousle and tease with your fingers doesn’t hurt as well.
Doing this will wake your wavy or curly hair back up and will help tame any frizz or wind-provoked hair disaster. Nothing makes you feel more confident than a well tamed mane!
Whether you’re going out on the town or to the office, these tips will keep your curls Instagram-worthy all winter long. Think of something we missed? Use the hashtag #TresslyCurls to share your curly hair tips and inspiration with us or leave a comment @ILovetressly!