Winter Hair Products
Moisturizing is an essential part of winter hair care. Ingredients such as humectants — which function really well in humid situations — can actually parch your hair during the dry winter months. Here are some winter hair tips and products for keeping your hair moisturized and conditioned throughout the long, cold months.
1. Use Oils & Butters
Winter hair thrives on moisture, and you can never have too much. Winter can be a great time for curlies, since frizz-causing humidity plummets along with the temperatures. However, along with indoor heating, cold weather can also wreak havoc on your curls and kinks in other ways, leaving them parched and brittle. Use products that are rich in oils and butters and try to avoid humectants, especially when humidity and dew points are low.
2. Deep Condition
To battle the dryness, stick to a strict deep-conditioning regimen. Deep condition once a week at the very least (twice if you tend to be very dry) with a conditioner that provides moisture only.
Avoid drying shampoos that contain too much protein and not enough natural oils during the winter. When you use products that contain protein, your hair needs extra moisture so it won’t become dry and brittle. Since you’ll be deep conditioning more, be sure to pick a deep conditioner that is not protein rich, since too much protein can cause more frizz.
3. Natural Oils Are a Must
Always seal your hair with an easily absorbed oil before heading out of the house in the cold winter months. Natural oils such as jojoba, rosemary and lavender keep the scalp in good condition as well as the hair.
4. Avoid the Towel
Never use a regular terrycloth towel after shower. The coarse texture of a typical bath towel can roughen up the hair’s cuticle causing curl separation and frizz. Curlies need to use smooth-surfaced, absorbent towels designed to reduce frizz and drying time while creating beautifully defined curls. Curly hair absorbs product better when it's soaking wet, with just the kiss of a microfiber towel.