Once the temperatures start dropping, it’s easy for your natural hair to become dry and brittle. It’s important to find ways to prevent the harsh, cold air from wreaking havoc on your curls! We have to learn how to maintain healthy hair during the Winter to keep our curls thriving!
Keeping your natural hair healthy during the colder months doesn’t have to be difficult. When you follow the right tips and stay consistent with your regimen, you won’t have to worry about breakage, split ends, or excessive dryness.
In this post, we’ll be discussing 6 tips to follow that’ll help you maintain healthy natural hair during the Winter. I’ve been following these since returning natural and my curls have continued to flourish. Don’t let the change in season cause a set back on your journey!
Maintain Healthy Hair During Winter
Deep Condition Weekly
You already know how important deep conditioning is. However, it’s important to stay on top of it once it gets colder outside. This isn’t the time to slack off with your regimen! All you need is 30 minutes to provide your hair with the nourishment and moisture it needs.
The cold weather and heaters in your house can strip your hair of its moisture. It doesn’t matter if you’re indoors or outdoors, you can’t escape the challenges that come with the new season. It’s important to add moisture back into your hair every wash day using a quality deep conditioner.
Moisturized natural hair = healthy hair!
Related Post: 10 Deep Conditioners for High Porosity Hair
Keep Your Ends Trimmed
I hope you received a fresh trim before the season changed, but if you didn’t, it’s not too late. You want to get rid of any split ends before they begin to take a toll on the health of your hair. If you hang on to split ends, they will eventually travel and cause more damage, which will lead to breakage.
There’s no schedule to follow when it comes to trimming your hair. Some naturals receive trims every 6-8 weeks while others may only do them twice a year.
It depends on YOUR hair how often you need a trim. If you notice the following signs, then it’s time for one:
- Increased tangles and knots
- Dry, brittle ends
- See-through ends
- Less curl definition
This is the time of year where you see many naturals taking advantage of protective styling. Why is that? Like we discussed above, the cold weather can strip your hair of its moisture and lead to brittle, weaker strands.
Doing a protective style will help you maintain healthy natural hair since your ends will be tucked away and prevent damage. It’s also a great way to cut down on how often you manipulate your hair.
However, just because you do a protective style doesn’t mean you forget about your hair completely. Your hair will eventually dry out, it’s important to refresh when needed or change your style after a couple of weeks.
Make sure to pay attention to your scalp too. If your scalp isn’t healthy, then your hair won’t be either!
Heavier Products + Sealants
Many naturals switch out their products once the seasons change. Once the cold weather comes, I stop using lightweight products and focus more on ones with a thick consistency and nourishing ingredients.
You want to use products that will provide enough moisture for your natural hair. Of course, every head of hair is different, and you may not need to change out your products. Pay attention to what your hair needs. Another important thing is making sure you use a sealant after moisturizing your hair. A sealant creates a barrier that helps lock in moisture and prevents it from escaping.
Some good sealants to use during the Winter are:
- Butter (Shea, Mango, Cocoa)
- Castor Oil
- Almond Oil
- Jojoba Oil
Avoid Harsh Ingredients
There are many products to choose from, however, you want to make sure they don’t contain ingredients that can strip the moisture from your hair. You can’t afford to lose any moisture during these colder months!
Here are some ingredients you should avoid:
- Isopropyl Alcohol
- Mineral Oil
I wrote a blog post not too long ago featuring brands that create natural hair products with all-natural ingredients. Make sure to read that post here. Ever since I started paying attention to the ingredients I use, I’ve seen a huge difference with the health of my hair.
Hot Oil Treatments
The last thing you can do to maintain healthy natural hair during the Winter is hot oil treatments. Your hair needs all the moisture it can get so it can stay moisturized and healthy.
Doing hot oil treatments can help alleviate an itchy or dry scalp which you may experience more of during the colder months. Using a blend of moisturizing and sealing oils will create the perfect combination for dry, natural hair. Moisturizing oils are able to penetrate the hair shaft while sealing oils lock in the moisture.
Although most oils provide some type of nourishment to our hair, there are certain ones that will be beneficial for hot oil treatments:
- Avocado Oil
- Peppermint Oil
- Rosemary Oil
- Olive Oil
- Lavender Oil
- Tea Tree Oil
- Ayurvedic Oils
Following these tips will help you maintain healthy hair during the Winter. Continue to remain consistent with your regimen and incorporate these healthy hair care practices!