The cold winter temps can be drying not only to our skin, but our hair as well. Especially us naturally curly girls. By nature, most curly girls have dry tresses year round. Now imagine how parched hair can become coupled with chilly temps dropping down to fifteen degrees with a windchill of minus zero! The combination of these two can make for brittle hair that’s easily prone to breakage.
Here are my 5 steps to keeping Old Man Winter from dehydrating my curls.
Step 1: Pre-poo
I pre-poo with a conditioner and oil mix. You don’t have to get all fancy using an expensive conditioner. I’ve been loving Triple Nutrition by Garnier Fructis. The huge bottle in the pic was just under six bucks at BJ’s wholesale. I mix 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of grape seed oil, and a few drops of lavender and rosemary essential oils. Make sure to mix all the ingredients until everything is well blended. Before applying I spritz my hair with warm water to help with opening up my hair’s cuticles. I’m always careful to concentrate the pre-poo on my ends because this is the oldest part of my hair, making it the most fragile. Next I put on a plastic cap before tying on a scarf. This helps my body temperature to further open up my cuticles to get all this goodness to penetrate my parched strands.
Step 2: Cowash
I cowash my hair with Fig Cleansing Conditioner by Wen instead of shampooing . Any cleansing conditioner can be used to clean the scalp and hair. I particularly love Wen because it’s really moisturizing. When the hair is moisturized the natural curl pattern will be enhanced and less frizzy. **Shampoo with sulfates can be drying to the hair and scalp.
Step 3: Deep Condition
Deep Conditioning is a very important step. Although I cowash, my hair needs extra pampering. I’ve been absolutely loving the Triple Moisture Rich Cream Conditioner and Mask. Because I’ve been layering moisture upon moisture, I leave this on for a max of 10 minutes.
Step 4: Leave-In Moisturizer
Using a leave-in moisturizer after I’ve cleansed and deep conditioned is the foundation for locking in the moisture my hair will need until next wash day. I’ve tried other leave-ins, but I keep coming back home to Camille Rose Naturals moisture milk.
Step 5: Moisturizing Styler
My final step is using a moisturizing styler to style my curls. Again, I’ve tried straying away to use other stylers only to be disappointed. Camille Rose Naturals Almond Jae Butter is full of natural ingredients that’s always kind to my curly textured hair. And I love, love, love the Aloe Eco styler gel for added curl definition. This gel doesn’t have drying alcohols.
I hope these steps have been helpful. Remember to always sleep on a satin or silk pillowcase and/or wrap your hair in a satin or silk scarf to prevent dryness.
Share your tips on how you keep your tresses protected from Old Man Winter. 🙂
Until next time,