No matter what type of curls you have, winter can be tough on your strands. The cold air, the hot air inside and the constant friction of your jacket or scarf against your curls can really create some problems. However, there are a few things you can do to get yourself started in the right direction when it comes to taking care of your curls.
Always prepoo: Don’t skip prepooing your curls with a hot oil treatment. Make sure all strands are coated and allow to sit with a cap on your head for 30 minutes before shampooing with a gentle, sulfate free shampoo.
Deep condition: This is something you should be doing weekly in the winter. Since your curls will dry out much more quickly, allow the deep conditioner to sit for several minutes. You should also remoisturize your curls either in the morning or the evening. This will work best on clean curls.
Use creams, butters and oils: Heavy creams load curls with moisture, while butters and oils seal the cuticle back down to keep moisture within your strands. However, don’t use coconut oil as a sealant in the winter, as it will harden the minute you step outside.
Cover your curls: There’s no doubt that winter in some climates can be really harsh on your skin and curls. When you go outside, make sure to cover your curls with a wrap or a satin lined cap. When you sleep, make sure to use a silk pillowcase or a satin cap to prevent curls from tearing and pulling.
Don’t wash and go: While wash and go styles work great in warmer weather, you absolutely shouldn’t go outside in the winter months with cold hair. The minute your curls freeze they become at risk for breakage.
Hydrate: It’s really important to make sure you’re hydrating, especially during the cold months. Drink plenty of water, keep up your exercise routine and get tons of rest.