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Old 01-12-2012, 08:44 AM   #1
 
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Default Winter temps: what's "too cold?"

I live in the desert, so winter here is not your normal snowy-take-your-breath-away-cold. In fact, it's January and I had to use the AC in my car the other day because it was so warm (being a desert rat, I can take heat).

I see these articles about winterizing your hair, and the effects of cold temps on curls, but what exactly qualifies as being "too cold for curls?" The air is dry, no doubt about it, but cold? Rarely. Should I be concerned when it gets down to 60? (haha, so "cold"), 50? -1342? D:

I have no frame of reference for this. Help me out!
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Old 01-12-2012, 11:41 AM   #2
 
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It all depends on your dew point, I think!
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Old 01-12-2012, 05:07 PM   #3
 
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50 F? You'd better get some mittens, LOL. I agree with bonafrita, it's as much (or more) the dryness of the cold air as the cold itself that is the problem. Unless you go outside with wet hair and it freezes hard instantly. But that's not likely in your neck of the woods.
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Old 01-12-2012, 05:13 PM   #4
 
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I think winterizing tips mostly deal with having low dew points. In the desert, your dew points are probably always low. I think low dew points are 30-40.
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Old 01-13-2012, 11:02 AM   #5
 
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Gotcha, dew point, not temps
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Totally agree with the other posters that it's the dews - mostly. Those of us who live in the northern parts also have to deal with wind and indoor heating throughout the winter. All of it is very drying to the hair and skin. Winterizing usually just means more moisture and fewer humectants. The same products that work in the humid summer months don't work so well in the dryer winter months. Would love your desert climate right now! My thermostat says it's 11 degrees out right now!
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Old 01-13-2012, 10:16 PM   #7
 
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I have no clue what dew points are lol!!!! But it has been a pretty nice winter here this year(this time last year we were snowed in and it was horrible cold) I think the 30/40 is the coldest it has got this year. Usually low teens is to cold. But we have bad winds so even tho low 30 isn't to bad until the 20 wind chill hits ya lol.

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Old 01-13-2012, 10:57 PM   #8
 
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Curlybran, in short, the dewpoint is the temperature or point at which the water vapor in the air condenses into water. This page has a fairly simple, easy to understand explanation.
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Just go by how your hair feels, if it starts to feel and look different, then you will know you need to change it up for Winter. I find I need a lot of moisture, yet lighter styling products that still have a good hold. I think you'll be able to tell what your curls need. Trial and error!
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Just go by how your hair feels, if it starts to feel and look different, then you will know you need to change it up for Winter. I find I need a lot of moisture, yet lighter styling products that still have a good hold. I think you'll be able to tell what your curls need. Trial and error!
I agree, my hair is craving moisture at the moment in these cold UK winter months, but can get easily weighed down in summer if I use products that are too heavy. As you say, it's all down to trial and error!
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