5 Ways to Show Your Curls TLC This Winter
5 Ways to Show Your Curls TLC This Winter
If you live in an area like me, you’re currently prepping for the cold winter months ahead. Maybe you’ve started drinking hot coffee instead of iced, are wearing boots instead of sandals, and have added scarves back into your accessory wheelhouse.
But...what about our hair?
Our delicate curls often needs different types of TLC throughout the year, with the cold being noe exception. Here are a few ways you can make sure you’re taking care of your curls this upcoming winter:
1. Go glycerin free.
Glycerin is a main ingredient in many curly girl products. It is also a humectant. Why is this important? Well, humectants take moisture from the air and replenish your hair. It is believed that if your hair is more moisturized than the air, the humectant may take moisture out of your hair to replenish the air. If this is true, using products with glycerin during the cold, winter months will actually dry your hair out.
You may have noticed I said if this is true… and that is because the verdict is still out as to whether this is, well...true. If it is, you definitely don’t want to have it in your hair. If it’s not true...then there might not be any harm, but there definitely isn’t any benefit.
Our hair cream and flax seed gel is glycerin free and super moisturizing. We love to use it to style our hair all times of the year, winter especially! Shop for them here!
2. Protective Styles.
Protective styles keep your hair protected from the elements. When your hair is out and about the harsh winds and dry air can wreak havoc on your ends. This can cause excess breakage, tangling, and shedding.
Wearing your hair in twists, braids, covered by a satin-lined beanie, can all protect those strands in the worst of conditions. Other options include, bantu knots, a wig, or an updo!
3. Deep condition.
With the dry air all around us, our hair will need extra love and moisture. The fix? Get some of your favorite deep conditioner and go to town! You’ll need to do this more often in the colder months than in the warm months. And if you’re really feeling it, make it a treat yourself night and add in some steam...which leads me to my next piece of advice!
4. Bring on the steam.
Using steam can open your hair follicles, and this allows moisture to penetrate your hair strands. Pair some steam with your deep conditioning session and trust me, your hair will thank you.
To get the full steam treatment, you can run the hot water so your bathroom gets steams, and then sit in there for about 10-15 minutes with your deep conditioner on your hair. Alternatively, you can purchase a steamer online, or a microwavable heat cap!
5. Seal your curls with oil.
Oils keep moisture locked in to your strands, which can keep your hair more hydrated and moisturized for longer. Some people like to follow the LOC (leave in, oil, cream) method, while others prefer the LCO (leave in, cream, oil) method. Personally, I like the apply my oil after my cream, but all hair responds differently. You can try both to see which your hair likes more!
You don't have to get fancy with your oils either. Olive oil, jojoba oil, and argan oil are all great hair sealants to try!
Did you like what you read? Have a question? Know of another way to offer curls some much needed TLC in the cold, winter months? Let me know in the comments!
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