As much as we want to deny it, winter is here. With winter comes snow, ice, wind and lots of cold weather! As pretty as it can be, winter can be really tough on your delicate curls. One way to combat breakage and frizz is to keep your curls well moisturized. This can be tough to do so here are our suggestions on how to manage the moisture levels in your curls this winter.
Deep condition: If you haven’t already been doing this, up your deep conditioning treatments to weekly. Deep conditioner helps your curls stay moisturized and protects them from the elements that can cause dryness. Apply conditioner throughout your curls and cover with a plastic cap. Allow to sit for 30 minutes to get the full benefits before rinsing. You can also apply heat to help the product better penetrate.
Add oils: After moisturizing and styling, make sure to seal your ends with shea butter or oils like almond or olive oil. This will help make sure moisture is locked into the cuticle, making it more difficult for it to escape. If you live in a particularly humid region, you can also add humectants like honey into your curl care products to help minimize frizz.
Use water: Don’t forget about this low cost curl care product! To get the benefits of water in your curls, purchase an inexpensive spray bottle and fill with water. You can also add a bit of conditioner to create your own leave in conditioner and spritz your curls as often as needed. We recommend at least once per day but you can up it as much as needed.
Protective styles: While we wouldn’t necessarily recommend protective styling for curlies with severely damaged hair, moderate use can help curls retain moisture. When curls are loose they are more likely to release moisture which can lead to dryness. You can utilize gentle protective styling like buns, braids and bantu knots to help keep moisture locked into curls. Before styling, make sure you’ve deep conditioned, applied your product and added oils to help seal those cuticles down.