Two things my hair doesn’t like: people touching her, and the winter 😩. Listen, when that cold weather HITS my hair does not come out to play. After being styled in a Wash n Go all spring, summer, and early fall; when the winter comes I stick to protective styles only.
I like to consider the winter season hair rehab season. I use this time to add moisture and strength back into my curls.
Below are some of my holy grail products that I use to restore my healthy curls during the winter and prep them for the spring/summer. As stated earlier, my main focus is retaining moisture and building strength, so I make sure my products can help with that.
SheaMoisture: Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore – I absolutely love this shampoo and deep conditioner combination during the wintertime. Shea Butter, Black Castor Oil, Peppermint oil, and Apple cider vinegar, are all amazing ingredients that leave my hair soft and moisturized. Once my curls start to feel dry and brittle, I’ll grab this dynamic duo to rejuvenate my curls.
Hair Milks: I love a good hair milk, I don’t really use them as often in the summertime as I like to use Leave-in conditioners instead. However, during the wintertime, it’s strictly hair milks for me! Since hair milks are thicker than leave-in conditioners, they are a better option for me during the wintertime. Two of my favorite hair milks are Blueberry & Coconut Hair Milk by Curls and Moisture Milk by Camille Rose. After I shampoo my hair, I like to add my hair milk, grease my scalp and braid my hair. I’ll leave my hair like this for a week before I re-moisturize and re-braid it.
Deep Conditioners & Treatments: One of the most important steps in my hair care routine. During the warmer seasons I usually deep condition my hair every week, however during the wintertime I deep condition my hair bi-weekly. Since I wash my hair twice a week during the colder months, I like to make sure my deep conditions can lock in moisture and repair my hair. My favorite deep conditions during the colder months are The Mane Choice: Tropical Moringa Moisture Mask and Miche Beauty: Protein/Moisture Balance Deep Condition. With consistent use, both of these deep conditioners have reduced breakage, nourished my hair, and revitalized my curls.
This thick, creamy and delicious cupcake scent butter is hands down one of my favorite products to use during the wintertime. As previously mentioned, I only wash my hair about twice a week during the colder months. The second week is usually when I’ll take down my braids to re-moisturize them with my Curlaide moisture butter. Trust me when I tell you, this product always comes through for me, she always leaves my hair fluffy and soft.
Next on my list, are not hair products, but products that I use to help retain/lock in the moisture that I’ve applied with the above products.
Q-Redew Handheld Steamer: This is another one of my holy grail products to use during the wintertime. This baby always comes in handy, especially when I’m re-moisturizing my hair. I love to use this to help detangle my hair. Once I finish detangling my hair, I’ll apply my curlaide moisture butter and glide my Q-redew through my hair to lock in the moisture.
Satin Bonnet/Pillowcase & Humidifier: When it’s time for bed I want to make sure my curls are well protected while I’m sleeping. I always make sure to sleep with either a satin bonnet or pillowcase and my humidifier. My satin bonnets (in addition to being super cute) help keep my hair moisturized and protect my curls from friction against cotton; and, my humidifier helps keep my hair and skin moisturized from cold, dry air.
I hope you were able to get a few winter hair care suggestions for your winter hair care routine. Remember, what works for my hair may not work for yours. It’s always best to find out your hair porosity and then find out which products work best for your hair.