”How do you care for natural hair during winter months? Winter hair care is a must-have for naturalistas if they want to prevent natural hair damage from occurring during the coldest months of the year. Temperature swings, high winds, and dry indoor air can weaken your natural curls, kinks, and coils leaving them brittle and susceptible to damage and breakage.”

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In addition to dry hair, you cannot neglect the health of your scalp. Winter days and nights can trigger scalp irritation, inflammation, dryness and other conditions that disrupt your hair growth cycle, slowing down the rate at which your hair grows. In some instances, hair growth can come to a complete stop if vital nutrients are unable to move into the region due to poor circulation.

If you are to achieve and maintain a healthy mane of natural hair all year round, you have to take a proactive role in protecting your tresses and scalp.

Here are seven things you must do for your hair and scalp during winter months.

#1 Wash Your Hair Less during Winter Months

Your hair washing practices set the tone for how healthy your hair and scalp will be. At the first sign of winter –and occasionally Fall (i.e., a temperature 12° C), change the frequency in which you wash your hair. Depending on your level of activity or daily product use, you should keep the rate in which you wash your hair during those colder months to no more than once a week.  

It’s a balance of maintaining a clean but hydrated scalp. Winter months are brutal as they can rob our hair and scalp of moisture.  Excess washing can make a bad situation worse, causing ends to split and your scalp to flake from dryness or worse.

#2 Get Your Pre-Poo Practices in Check

Whatever your current pre-poo practices are entering the winter season –amp them up! Your hair cannot get too much moisture during this time. Your pre-poo regimen is vital for healthy natural hair success. It is an excellent way to infuse moisture into your hair before initiating the second phase of your cleansing process. Apply your pre-poo before every shampoo and leave it in place for a minimum of thirty minutes.

#3 Choose a Moisture-Rich Shampoo

Always keep in mind that the key to healthy hair during winter months an endless supply of moisture and your choice of shampoo cannot be the exception to this rule. Use a moisture-rich shampoo that has the right formula of ingredients to help your hair receive and lock in moisture while simultaneously hydrating your scalp to spare it from dryness. 

#4 Deep Condition Your Hair Regularly

Deep condition your hair regularly during winter months. Your hair will thank you. Deep conditioners contain vital nutrients that have properties that enable them to penetrate the hair shaft and fill in the gaps were the hair structure is most at risk for breaking down.

As long as you use natural conditioners that contain the right blend of vitamins, minerals and essential oils your hair should remain soft and smooth despite the harsh conditions in and outdoors.

#5 Use a Leave-In Conditioner with Every Wash during Winter Months Image

Do not skip the use of a  leave-in conditioner following your hair cleansing process. Lock in natural hair moisture with a leave-in conditioner. You need products that contain the right mixture of ingredients like coconut oil, shea butter, and aloe vera to protect your hair structure, repair the shaft, and seal in moisture.   

#6 Turn Down the Heat

Turn down the heat on your favorite heating tools or look for ways to not use heat at all. Heat from your flat-iron or curling wand coupled with the winter climate and indoor heat can create the perfect storm for dryness leaving hair weak and ripe for breakage or damage. This tip is not to say that you should go outdoors with wet hair; However, look for natural ways to dry your hair. 

#7 Keep Away from Hair Products that Dry Your Hair

Finally, you should take inventory of the hair care products in your natural hair product arsenal. You must avoid those hair care products that will trigger any loss of moisture. For example, some gels are excellent for summer months, but most gels are not your friend during winter months because of their drying ingredients. Instead, you want to choose moisturizing creams, mango butter, shea butter and moisture-sealing oils that will help to keep your hair texture soft and manageable.

You must steer clear of products that contain any of the following elements:

  • Ethanol alcohol
  • Ethyl alcohol
  • Formaldehyde
  • Sulfates
  • Parabens
  • Phthalates
  • Polyethylene Glycol

These are just seven things you should do protect your natural hair during winter months.  Remember moisture and consistency in your hair care regimen is the key to having healthy hair all year long.

Put these solutions into practice today and watch for positive results. If you have more questions or need extra guidance, don’t hesitate to contact our Hair Coaches!