Winter is here, we all love to drape ourselves under layers of clothes with a hot cup of cocoa during the colder months, this is heaven for most of us. Sounds exciting right? But winter brings dry scalp, frizzy and rough hair. Dandruff and flaky hair are also of major concern, especially for us curlies. All of these issues may cause breakage and make your curly hair dull and weak. So, this is the perfect time to set a special hair care routine as they call for extra care, comfort and warmth.
Don’t worry, this is not something to get upset about, but it’s important to take care of it. Read on for our remedies and winter hair care tricks that are tried and tested.
Moisturize your curly hair with thicker creams -
It's difficult to keep curly hair smooth and shining during the winter. Because the winter season comes with dry, cold air, your curls are left feeling rough and brittle. Depending on your porosity, using a thicker hair cream such as our Sealing Hair Butter will keep your strands hydrated without the wintery air sucking the moisture out. Using emollient-rich products that are loaded with oils and butters will help close the cuticles, therefore, reducing moisture loss.
Use clarifying shampoo for your curly hair
Shampooing your hair removes product build-up. Product build-up inhibits your hair from absorbing moisture. It cleans your scalp reducing dandruff. Prefer lukewarm or flowing water over hot water to wash your tresses. Our Clarifying Charcoal Shampoo Bar is actually a game-changer it deeply cleanses your scalp and hair. Over-washing your hair may lead to some harsh effects, you must wash your curly hair at least once a week. Always follow up your shampoo with a conditioner that works best for your hair porosity.
Benefits of Clarifying Charcoal Shampoo Bar
This shampoo bar contains charcoal and can gently detox. It's also mild, so it won't mess with your hair's natural moisture levels.
- This implies that your hair will be pure, healthy, and shine naturally. Charcoal is not only good for the hair, but it's also good for the scalp.
- It helps to boost hair growth and also heals your scalp.
Dry your hair before stepping out
Wet hair in the winter is a big no-no and that can damage your hair. Make sure to completely dry your hair before stepping out of your house because wet hair and scalp in the winter may cause breakage of hair and even lead to split ends. We recommend sitting under a hooded hair dryer or using the diffuser on your blow-dryer.
Protip - Do not tie your hair with a scarf to avoid friction. Instead, use hats with a satin lining.
Avoid Extreme Heat Styling
Lower down the use of heavy heat styling as it makes your hair weak as well as rough. Always apply heat protectant before styling your hair. Your hair is already in a rough and frizzy state during winters, heat styling simply sucks moisture from your hair. If necessary, style your hair with products that have natural ingredients.
Keep your curly hair as natural as possible by air drying it as much as possible. Put your hair straightener away for the winter and go for heatless curls and waves, or try twists, buns, and ponytails instead.
Moisturizing Creams are a Curlie’s BFF
When the air is colder and much drier in the winter, using more moisturizing creams will be an important part of your winter hair care regimen. Since there is little to no humidity, you want to use more creams such as our Moisturizing Hair Pudding and fewer stylers.
Our Moisturizing Hair Pudding uses shea butter and castor oil to keep your curls feeling hydrated and soft for days. You’ll also want to restrict the number of products with humectants as well. Humectants can make your hair drier because the air can actually suck the moisture from your hair.
Stay Hydrated to keep your curly hair healthy
Hair needs moisture just like your skin. Always carry a water bottle while stepping out to retain hydration. Drinking water reduces problems such as dandruff, dryness, and itchy scalp during winter. It also lowers the chances of split ends and rough hair.
In short, water serves as a carrier for minerals and vitamins that are necessary for hair growth and strength. Your hair will become dry, harsh, and rigid if you don't drink enough water. So drink plenty of water.
For most of us, hot coffee, soups, and other delights served under warm blankets in a warm bed on a freezing winter day are like heaven. And similarly, we need to take extra care as they also bring with them a slew of hair and skin issues such as hair loss, dandruff, and dry skin. Our hair and skin require enough protection from the dry or chilly air, which can cause skin irritation and itching.
So, it is very important to take care of your hair especially in winters as hair is one of the most significant characteristics, which acts as a differentiator and adds character to one’s appearance.
Need more winter hair care tips? Check out our other blog posts:
My Curly Hair Regimen and Tips for Natural Hair in the Winter.