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Winter Curl Care Tips

by Chelsea Castonguay
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Winter isn't everyone's favorite season. With the cold, wind, and harsh elements, it can really do a number on curls. Fortunately, here are some great winter curl care tips to help you take care of your strands during the coldest months of the year, and fall back in love with your strands! Don't forget your favorite silk lined cap and cashmere scarf.

Lots of conditioner:

Skimping on conditioner isn't advised in the winter months. Apply it liberally when washing and use a leave in conditioner when styling. Additionally, you can also apply watered-down conditioner to the ends of your strands on particularly cold or dry days.

Don't comb dry hair:

While brushing should almost always be avoided on curls, combing dry hair can really cause a lot of damage. Dry curls are more prone to damage, breaks, and splits. Therefore, if you have to detangle make sure to only do it on wet, well-conditioned hair. Never pull on knots on dry strands with a comb or brush.

Avoid heat:

As tempting as it can be to use the hair dryer to speed up the drying process on an icy day, try to avoid heat. Heat is very drying to curls, which you want to avoid in the already dry winter months. Instead, opt to use the plopping method to get your curls as dry as possible. If you must blow dry, use a low setting and try to limit the amount of heat curls are exposed to.

Seal curls:

If you haven't gotten started on sealing moisture into your curls, winter is the ideal time to start. A good sealing oil will lock moisture in, and prevent your curls from seeking it from the air (hello, frizz). It also helps keep curls protected from dry air and the cold weather outside.

Protective styles:

Winter is the ideal time to get started with protective styles. There are a ton of really cute and chic looks you can utilize that will help your strands stay safe from the elements, and also look great. Buns, braids, and knots are just a few, as well as twists, updos, and scarves. These styles can help curls keep moisture locked in.

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