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


Avoid Protein

Drying shampoos that contain too much protein and not enough natural oils are not what winter calls for. When you use products that contain protein, your hair needs extra moisture so it won't become dry and brittle. (sometimes an after-effect of using too much protein.) Since you'll be deep conditioning more make sure to pick one that is not protein rich, as too much protein can cause more frizz. A few great ones to try are: DevaCurl Heaven In Hair or Bumble and bumble Curl Conscious Nourishing Masque.

Natural Oils Are a Must

In the cold winter months, make sure to always seal hair with an easily absorbed oil before heading out of the house. Natural oils such as jojoba, rosemary and lavender are so important in the cooler months because they help keep your scalp and hair in good condition.

Avoid the Towel

Never use a regular terrycloth towel after you shower. The coarse texture of a typical bath towel can roughen up the hair's cuticle and cause curl separation, resulting in frizz. Curlies need to use super-absorbent microfiber towels designed to reduce frizz and dry time while creating beautifully defined curls.

Wide-Toothed Comb

The wide-toothed comb is your friend; do not use your hands. It's important to use a wide-toothed comb because it works through the hair more easily with less damage. Always start from the bottom and work your way up.

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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!