Winter is definitely here! After that hot and humid summer it’s nice to be able to feel the cool breeze and wear comfy sweats, but all naturalistas know that the colder temperatures can bring along some unpleasant hair days. Read on to check out some of my favorite tips I use on my natural hair when the colder temperatures start arriving.
Trim Those Ends
Keeping your hair regularly trimmed should be rule number one in any curly girl’s world. Colder temperatures can cause the hair to become dry and brittle which can lead to breakage and split ends. Trimming the hair can greatly reduce breakage and split ends and keeps your hair healthy and happy. I usually trim the ends of my hair on my own but when the seasons start to change, I recommend getting a professional trim.
Moisture, Moisture and Moisture
It’s extremely easy to lose moisture from the hair when it gets colder outside. I make sure to keep my hair regularly moisturized. Now this doesn’t mean that I am constantly slathering on my essential oils and leave-in conditioner, but rather making sure I thoroughly deep condition, apply enough moisture to the ends of my hair and make sure that I am not using any harsh or drying hair products.
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Cut Back on Heat Styling
During the summer, like most, I like to straighten my hair. There is nothing wrong with applying heat to the hair when used in moderation and preceded with a thorough wash day. I try not to apply heat during the colder months because it tends to make my hair dryer and adding dry on top of dry, cold days is no bueno.
Change Your Washing Habits
During the summer I try to wash my hair once a week mainly because of sweating (Texas heat will do that to you), but during the colder months I increase my use of co-washing. Co-washing allows me to get a gentle cleanse without totally stripping and drying the hair. If you’re not a fan of co-washing make sure you use a good moisturizing shampoo.
Let me be honest, I protective style my hair all year round. But it is great to keep the hair in protective styles when it gets colder outside. Protective styling allows you to retain moisture, decreases manipulation of the hair and cuts down on daily maintenance of the hair, which means more time to snuggle up on the couch watching Netflix and drinking hot tea!
Enjoy the colder weather, curl friends!