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While moisturizing in the winter can be a challenge, fall is a great time to get on the right path and start preparing hair for seasonal changes. We have a few tips below that you should be doing before winter so you aren't left out in the cold.

1. Use less shampoo

Many curly girls reduce shampooing in the winter to combat dryness. Try using a co-wash in-between shampoos. Also consider doing a pre-poo, so you will not be stripping your hair of the natural oils they need.

2. Wear satin lined hats, scarves, and beanies

Don’t wait until you are fully into winter to try and find head accessories that are kinder to your strands. This is a good time patron those amazing shops on Etsy. Grace Eleyae satin-lined hats and caps are popular and help to keep your hair stylish and protected. Caheez Designs is another popular shop for satin-lined hair coverings.

3. Incorporate moisturizing hair masks

Hair masks are treatments that rejuvenate and repair damaged hair. They are thicker than deep conditioners and great tools to use if you have been neglecting your hair this past summer. Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Masque and Ouidad Curl Recovery Melt–Down Extreme Repair Mask are good choices for rebuilding your hair before the brutal winter.

I know I am in the minority when it comes to hating pumpkin. I am a sweet potato southern girl at heart, but I can’t deny the amazing benefits pumpkin can have for our hair. Instead of just asking for a pumpkin spice latte this Fall, opt for a pumpkin hair mask.


4. Dust off the humidifier / hair steamer

Many women use humidifiers in the winter to keep moisture in the air. Humidifier or steamers help to keep your hair moisturized, as the air in your home may start to feel dry. I love the Q-Redew Handheld Hair Steamer and use it faithfully every winter to help keep my hair hydrated in dry Colorado. You can find hair steamers that are hand-held or hooded.

If you are already experience colder weather (like our Canadian friends and even here in the Rocky mountains where we already have snow), then make sure to protect your strands from the cold that is outdoors and the drying air that is indoors. Get your necessary tools ready and get your hair in tip-top shape, so when winter comes you will only have to worry about the holidays, but not your hair.