Baby its cold outside and boy doesn’t it make a difference in the way our hair acts. Cold weather can tend to be harsher on our naturally curly, kinky, and coily hair. Driving some of us crazy and sending us straight to the internet to look for ways to remedy those curly hair blues. What we find out is when the weather changes so should our haircare regimen. Unfortunately we don’t always find the help we need to properly care for our unruly tresses during the colder months like winter and fall.

I’ve spent countless hours researching to find ways to help me and my clients properly care for our natural hair during the fall/winter months. Here are 5 of the most suggested tips I found to try when trying to care for our natural hair during colder months. Hopefully you’ll be able to incorporate some or all of these things into your daily winter hair regimen too.

1.Protective Styles are your Friend

Winter is not the season to continuously wear your hair out. Instead look forward to trying new protective styles. A protective style allows us to keep our ends tucked away and safe from any damage caused by manipulation. When done correctly these styles also encourage hair growth. Some popular styles include braids, twists, crochet braids, and wigs. Key notes while wearing your protective style it is very important to ensure your strands maintain moisture and a clean scalp. You wouldn’t want to defeat the purpose of the style by not doing these two things. My go to protective style right now is Crochet Braids, they enable me to do all of the above while rocking a super cute style!

2. Moisture is the Key

You may notice that your hair seems more dry and brittle now than it did in the spring and summer time. Almost like your dealing with someone else’s hair, right? Its time to up the anti with a super moisturizing routine. This is a time where your tresses will truly benefit from adding things like pre-pooing, deep conditioning, steam, and hot oil treatments to your hair care regimen. I highly recommend seeking out a good conditioner/moisturizer. Possibly one that contains humectants. Humectants attract water to the hair from the environment to keep the moisture content high. Usually in colder climates we encounter low humidity. This lack of water in the air tends to lead to frizzy hair which we do not want. Look for products that have glycerin, propylene glycol, and even fructose. Developing a good moisturizing regimen is going to be key to maintaining healthy hair over the winter months. A lot of you have one of the best natural humectants in your pantry, honey! Try adding it (if youre not allergic) to your regimen for an increase in moisture and to reduce breakage.

3. Don’t Forget to Seal it

While adding moisture is key. How do we keep it? We have to seal our strands… Sealing the hair strands (especially the ends) coats and lubricates the hair to prevent us from loosing the moisture we’ve worked so hard to achieve. We want to use oils that will not penetrate the shaft of the hair completely. Also since its cold outside we want to use oils that aren’t solid in cold temps like coconut oil. My favorites are olive, jojoba, and avocado oils.

4.Just Say NO

I know those cute little wool hats seem like the fastest and best way to cover unruly hair. However they are one of the worst options available. After taking what could be hours to infuse moisture into your beautiful hair the last thing you want to do is strip it away. Cotton and wool caps do just that, they draw all the moisture back out of our hair. Instead try a cute silk scarf/head wrap or opt for the wool caps lined in satin. Now if you just have to wear that one favorite wool cap be sure to protect your hair with a silk cap or bonnet of some sort between your hair and the cap. You’ll thank me later!

5.Get a Head Start

This seems like this should be number 1 on the list and rightfully so. Please Do Not wait till your hair is too dry, damaged, or unmanageable to start your winter hair care regimen. Get a head start before the weather changes. We need to start prepping our tresses for winter. Get your hair trimmed, increase the amount of times you deep condition, start using your oils, and avoiding any damaging styles or habits. Even what you eat is important. Changing your habits early on will go a long way. When you prep your hair (no matter the texture) for what’s to come, it will make things much easier for you. Less time detangling, moisturizing, and trying to manage your hair is the ultimate winter goal.