10 tips for healthy, happy, winter-proof curls.


Hello winter! Colder winter months always mean paying extra attention to our coily tresses. The dry air and cold wind affects the health and appearance of your hair. Just as we fight frizz during humid summer months, you want to prevent any damage to your hair during cooler dry months. Here are 10 winter hair tips for healthy, happy curls!

Add Moisture

Winter hair thrives on moisture. You can’t have too much. Winter can be a great time for curlies, as frizz-causing humidity plummets along with the temperatures. But the cold weather, along with indoor heating, also can wreak havoc on those curls and kinks in other ways, leaving them parched and brittle.

To battle the dryness, it is essential that curlies stick to a strict deep-conditioning regimen. Deep condition at least once a week (twice if you already tend to be very dry) with a deep conditioner that provides moisture only. You can't control the weather, but you can moisturize, adjust your product routine and do your best to keep the dry frizzies away.

Honey, Please

Honey is awesome when used in conjunction with a conditioner fortified with olive oil and avocado oil. If you are worried about the hair being too oily after the deep condition, use a light shampoo as a topper. Honey is a natural humectant and helps your hair retain moisture, making it a great treatment for dry, winter hair. Honey can be added to cleansers, conditioners, deep conditioners and oils. Honey also works well works when combined with other ingredients, so you can look for products that contain honey.

Get a Trim

Every 10-12 weeks, trim off what is dead to avoid choking the life out of your hair. When ends are split and frayed, nutrients don't know where to go. Often stylists will recommend 6-8 weeks, but this is not necessary for curly hair (when you get a cut tailored for your type).

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I lose much more hair w/a wide toothed comb than when using my hands. It's also easier to find small knots and work them through a few strands at a time than it would be w/a comb. As far as product is concerned, no gel unless it's rainy and even then, it's the tiniest amount I can get away with (Angel by Deva). All I really need winter or summer is Heaven in Hair. That is the best stuff I've ever used in my life and I've used a lot of stuff! It's pricey though, so I combine it with some One conditional (also Deva) that has been watered down. The watered down conditioner is great for co-washing and detangling. Finish with the H in H and you're good. No dry hair, frizz, nothing but well-defined, healthy curls.

Don't use your hands? Your hands are much gentler than a comb...are these tips for type 2s because gel can be very drying, and there's no humidity to block in the winter.

Strange, at DevaChan Salon, they said to use your fingers to comb your hair because it's gentler than a wide toothed comb...

Great tips! I'm a little concerned about the honey recommendation, though. I know a lot of curlies can't do humectants in the winter.

Great article with good tips for getting my curls through the winter months!