A woman wearing a grey sweater, jacket and jeans with curly hair in the snow

Photo: @janibellerossanne

When winter comes around, your curls need extra attention. The dry cold air combined with the matters of snow and moisture deprivation can wreak havoc on your curls leading to unwanted damage. Here are a few trusted winter hair care tips to protect your curls against this trying season.

1. Make Deep Conditioning a Priority

The most important of all winter haircare tips is to make sure you are deep conditioning. The dry air of winter can zap your curls of natural moisture leaving them fragile, brittle and prone to breakage. If you live somewhere where the winter is extreme, you need to step it up from how often you were moisturizing in the fall. A good rule of thumb is that the more severe your winter, the more moisture you need. If you were applying in the morning, try applying in the morning and at night to keep your curls safeguarded against dryness.

2. Use a steamer

Deep conditioning with a steamer is a game changer, don't believe me try it. If you have a steamer or heating/deep conditioning cap make sure you use it religiously. If you have neither of these items, no need to stress, grab a shower cap, plastic cap, or grocery bag and a warm towel it will get the job done. Steam helps to open your hair follicles and absorb the deep conditioner and soak up all the much need moisture.

3. Grab a Hat

Hat hair isn't cute, but your curls will thank you. During the day, stepping outside the house in the winter can be an unenjoyable experience all around. Don't let your curls suffer unnoticed. When you are on your way to work or school in the morning, your curls are being exposed to dry air. Make sure you wear a hat or wrap when you step outdoors during the winter to protect your curls from the dry cold air.

4. Wrap Hair at Night

Of course, doing all this work to keep your curls safe from the winter during the day isn't worth much if you aren't wrapping your hair at night. Wrap your hair in a silk or satin scarf or a bonnet before bed after applying your favorite leave in or oil to trap in moisture, avoid friction and tangles, and give your curls a chance to rejuvenate and repair while you rest.

5. Scalp-Care is Key

With all this extra moisturizing you are doing to protect your curls from dryness, it's important to regularly clean your scalp to remove access product buildup and combat dryness. While having natural oil is a good thing, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. Make sure you regularly clarify your scalp as needed to keep everything in balance.

How do you protect your curls during the Winter months? Let us know your top curly girl tip in the comments below.

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