Winter is the one of the most difficult times of year for naturally curly hair. While dryness is a year-round issue, it's generally worse during the colder months, thanks to heaters sucking every drop of moisture out of the air. So, what can you do to make caring for your curls as effective as possible until Jack Frost hits the road for another year?
If dryness is the problem, moisture is surely the solution and for curly hair, that means a whole lot of conditioner. To keep your coils well-hydrated, condition after you shampoo, then use leave-in conditioner between washes to keep the ends and mid-lengths moisturized.
... then condition even more
After regular conditioner and leave-in conditioner, you should also be using a deep conditioning treatment on a regular basis. It will help to replenish lost nutrients and moisture (again, thanks dry air!) leaving you with softer, better hydrated curls.
During winter, going outside with wet hair isn't an option, so you'll need to schedule washes for when you have plenty of time to blow-dry or, preferably, air dry. Evenings are always a good option, and, for those of you wishing to cut back on how often you shampoo, winter is the perfect time to do it!
Take your time when blow-drying
When blow-drying your hair, make sure to use the diffuser attachment, and don't rush it. Keep the dryer on a medium heat setting and protect your strands with Advanced Hairstyle CURVE IT Curl Taming Cream before you start.
Get regular trims
Every hair type is more prone to damage during winter, so make sure you get regular trims to keep split and broken ends to a minimum.
To minimize the effects of cold air on your curls while you're outside, keep them protected in a bun or braid, and cover them with a hat or scarf.