This one is dedicated to all my natural-haired girls with tight curls who persevere through the winter months when their hair puts up a fight. I, like so many others, began my natural-hair journey will high hopes but very little idea of how to manage my hair year-round. Winter posed the biggest challenge. The moment the temperature dropped, my hair would suddenly become dry, brittle, and hard to maintain. As the seasons change, it's important to keep in mind that your hair goes through changes as well, so it's smart to alter your routine to reflect it.
When the cold hits, hair can become extremely prone to breakage, dullness, and dryness. This is especially common for anyone with naturally curly and coily hair, as it depends on almost constant moisture to stay healthy and happy. But remember, hope is not lost! Adding the right products to your winter haircare routine can make a major difference in how your hair looks and feels.
Read on to discover which editor-approved shampoos, conditioners, oil, and masks will keep your curls popping all winter long.
Creams and Gels
Briogeo's leave-in cream targets dry, damaged, and frizzy hair with a powerful blend of rosehip oil, algae extract, and B vitamins for stronger, healthier curls.
Shampoos and Conditioners
SheaMoisture's Strengthen & Restore Shampoo and Conditioner use a formula of Jamaican black castor oil and apple cider vinegar to promote hair growth, balance pH, and reduce the likelihood of split ends on happy, healthy hair.
This ultra-hydrating shampoo-and-conditioner duo by Carol's Daughter will cleanse and moisturize your curls with a blend of rosemary, aloe, and shea butter to combat breakage and dryness.
This ultra-moisturizing leave-in serum and conditioner by JVN Hair, founded by Queer Eye star and hairstylist Johnathan Van Ness, is a must-have during winter months to protect glorious 4c curls from damage, split ends, and breakage.
Worried about oil that leaves buildup? Pattern's Jojoba Hair & Scalp Oil Blend is a lightweight, residue-free formula that fights against breakage, helps your hair maintain moisture, and eases any itchiness or flaking (a treasure trove for us natural girls).