How to Care for Natural Hair in the Winter, According to a Pro

January 28, 2021
Sarah Ferguson
By: Sarah Ferguson | by L'Oréal
How to Care for Natural Hair in the Winter, According to a Pro

It’s not just your skin that can suffer in the winter; your hair can take a beating too. For those with curly or textured hair, the effects of the frigid weather can be seen in the form of dehydrated, brittle strands that are prone to breakage. “When the air gets really cold and dry, it can drastically dry out the hair, so it’s crucial to stay on top of your hair-care regimen,” says Daryce Tolliver, 4C ONLY-hair consultant and owner of A Curl Can Dream Salon in NYC. To find out how to treat and prevent dry, natural hair this winter, we asked Tolliver to share her top tips. 

Silk and Satin Is Your Friend

Outerwear is usually made from a material that will suck the moisture out of your hair,” says Tolliver. To prevent drying out your hair while staying warm, she recommends lining your hats or any other article of clothing that touches your head with a silk or satin scarf

Deep Condition

In the winter, “deep condition more often and under heat or steam to penetrate the hair strand deeper,” says Tolliver. For her clients, she recommends the 4C ONLY Too Thicke Deep Conditioner. Another option is the Carol’s Daughter Monoi Repairing Hair Mask, which contains monoi oil and hydrolyzed silk to nourish and repair dry, damaged hair. Start by deep conditioning every two weeks and move to a weekly treatment if your hair needs more moisture to drink up. 

Carol’s Daughter Monoi Repairing Hair Mask

Try a Protective Style 

“Low-maintenance protective styles that allow you access to your scalp are a great way to care for your hair during the winter season,” says Tolliver. Try box braids or twists and use a scalp oil treatment like the Adwoa Beauty Baomint Protect + Shine Oil Blend to keep your scalp and hair healthy and moisturized. 

Photo: Chaunte Vaughn

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