If you’re living in a country that has four seasons you know the struggle of keeping your curly mane hydrated and moisturized during the cold and dry winter months. Creating an established curly hair routine targeted towards moisture can tremendously help your coils to maintain healthy moisture levels. In this post, we want to share an elaborate curly hair winter routine.
Step 1: Pre-Poo
If you’re using harsh sulfate shampoos on a regular basis a hot oil treatment before washing your hair can help decrease the stripping effect of your shampoo. Choose your preferred oil or oil blend heat it in a water bath or if you must in a microwave. Do a patch test to check whether the oil is too hot. Apply the hot oil onto your scalp and hair. Leave it on for 10 min and proceed by shampooing your hair.
Step 2: Mild Shampoo
Try to switch to a milder shampoo in the cold winter months. They are way less stripping while still cleaning your hair and scalp. Sulfate-free shampoos like sulfonates and amino acid-based surfactants are great alternatives in the winter months.
Step 3: Moisture
Make sure you deep condition on a regular basis especially in the winter months. Curly hair is prone to breakage due to the twists and loops it makes. Deep conditioning and maintaining that moisture is vital to keep your kinks from drying out. Check out our post on the L.O.C. method to get some more tips on moisturization.
Step 4: Low heat styling
Stretching your hair for a style is much easier with hot tools like straightening brushes and blow driers. However, try to keep the heat styling down for the winter months. It is a lot easier for your hair to break while you use hot tools. Try to stretch your hair beforehand with heat-free methods like banding and African threading. They are way gentler to your ‘fro and will not disturb the moisture balance in your hair.
Step 5: Low Manipulation and Protective Styles
We know it’s hard to keep your hands off your ‘fro. However, most hair flourishes when it’s left alone. Try out different low manipulation and protective styles and stick to those that fit your hair and lifestyle. Keeping your ends tucked away during the winter will leave you with long locks and during the summer.
Step 6: Straightening hair?
Thick haired naturals like the glam twinz like to straighten their hair every 2 weeks during the winter season. It’s easier for them to maintain their hairs health that way. Even though this may work for thick curly and coily haired girls, we would advise you to listen to your hair and use this step with caution. Like mentioned above the likelihood for your hair to break off during heat styling is really high. Excessive heat styling also leads to irreversible heat damage.
We hope these steps helped you work out a winter hair routine that helps you retain moisture and retain length.
What protective style is your favorite during the winter? Leave a comment we’d love to hear from you.