The weather outside may be frightful, but your hair will be nothing short of delightful with these winter hair care tips!
Cold weather can take a toll on our healthy hair and skin. The harsh temperatures tend to bring about winter dryness, irritation, and dullness. Rocking the latest winter fashions can lead to that static, brittle feeling of taking your warm beanie or scarf off only to discover your natural curls are standing on end. Or what about the frustration of styling your hair in the morning only to discover it's snowing by the afternoon? If you've experienced the winter woes of natural hair, you know cold weather isn't always the most style friendly. We've put together our top tips for preparing natural hair for winter weather to help you stay a little cozier this year.
Bundle Up (With Hair Products!)
Having your winter hair care supplies ready to go before the first cold front hits can save a lot of time and stress when it comes to natural hair care in the winter. Determine what hair products you'll need and grab a few beauty bundle deals. Of course, with so many hair products lining the shelves, it can be difficult to know which products you actually need. Many big box hair care stores only cater to a select few hair types and most aren't suited for natural curls at all.
To make the hunt for winter hair care products a little easier, we've put together the top products for winter hair care. All of these products are curl friendly and gentle for all hair types.
Leave-In ConditionerIt's no secret that winter dryness is the culprit behind frizz, breakage, and a flaky, irritated scalp. Just as our skin needs a little extra care, moisturizing our hair is key during cold weather.
Shine & Section DuoDon't let the dull, dreary weather dull your shine too. Our Section & Shine Duo kit is designed to bring out your hair's natural glow. It's perfect for thick curls as well as all hair types. Simply divide your hair evenly with the section clips and apply the superfine mist Shine Spray with light-reflecting properties for a healthy luster, reducing drying time, and providing instant frizz and flyaway control to finish.
Detangling BrushWind, rain, snow, and cold air pull moisture from the hair shaft. This results in stubborn tangles that worsen with warm indoor heating and static causing hats and scarves. Be sure to invest in a good detanglingcomb that will last from fall to spring and beyond. A reliable comb should help you section your curls and glide effortlessly through wet hair.
HairsprayIs the cold weather leaving your locks flat? Boost them up with some volumizing hairspray. In a pinch, hairspray is your best friend for a quick on-the-go style lift.
Deep Conditioning Hair MaskYou can never have too much.
Heat Protectant SprayStay cool this winter by protecting your lovely locks from heat. No matter your hair type, you never want to leave your locks exposed to the elements. Always spritz a liberal amount of heat protectant spray prior to heat styling. Looking for a low-maintenance way to prevent hair damage? Try the low-heat lifestyle with RevAir.
Hydrating Dry ShampooDry shampoo is an all-around must-have for quick styling. However, during the winter months, it's important to ensure your dry shampoo isn't drying out your hair. Vegamour's anti-hair loss, hydrating formula is a new arrival on the natural beauty scene. This dry shampoo works to revitalize your hair while promoting growth and fullness, making it an ideal pick for the winter months.
Get Cozy With Protective Styles -- But Know That They Have an Expiration Date
Natural hair experts agree winter is NOT the time to do a wash and go every day. However, it's a great time to give your natural hair a break with creative protective styles. Rock braids, twists, knots, and more this winter. Protective styles give you the ability to experiment with colors and length without jeopardizing your hair's health. In addition, protective styles shield your natural hair from breakage. During the winter months, hair tends to become weaker and more brittle. Keep growing out your curls while enjoying fresh, seasonal hair trends.
A word of caution from our natural hair team; don't overwear your protective style this winter. We know it can be tempting to leave your braids in too long for the sake of convenience. However, it's best practice to follow your hair stylist's advice on when your protective style will need a touch-up. Never extend your hair past a week or two. When protective styles are left in too long, they can pull on your roots and aggravate dryness, scalp irritation, and hair loss. Style with care this season and stay radiant.
Moisturize to Maximize Hair Health
Providing your hair with adequate moisture during the winter months can be a challenge. We often go from harsh outside air to overly warm inside air. This is like coming in from the cold only to sit under a blow dryer! Consider turning down the heat at night. Your hair is most fragile while you're sleeping as this is typically when we toss and turn, causing static and friction. Invest in a good quality humidifier to lock in moisture. Not only is a humidifier great for healthy hair, but maintaining good air quality in your home can benefit your overall health and immunity during the winter months.
Lastly, try rinsing your hair with cold water on wash days. We know no one loves the idea of cold water on a cold day, but your hair's health and vitality will benefit from lowering the temp, A detachable shower head can be especially helpful when it comes to maintaining natural hair in the winter. If you don't have a flexible shower head, try keeping a bottle or pitcher of water nearby for rinsing. Brush out your hair with a wet brush, dry gently, and get ready to look spectacular.
Treat Your Scalp, Nourish Your Hair
If you've been following our healthy hair tips for a while now, you know that at RevAir, we're big fans of including your scalp in your winter hair care routine. The winter months can be especially tough when it comes to maintaining a healthy scalp. Irritation, flaking, redness, and inflammation can all result from harsh environmental conditions. It's a good idea to prep your scalp for the cold months ahead in advance.
Start by working essential oils into your winter hair care routine now. We recommend natural oils that are gentle on your ends and scalp. Jojoba oil and rose oil are two of our go-to natural hair oils. These oils are excellent at penetrating both the hair shaft to restore split ends and the scalp layer to gently correct redness, dullness, and inflammation. Coconut butter can also form a protectant that seals in moisture and keeps your hair and scalp safe from harm. Consider doing a steam treatment and scalp massage once a week to begin preparing for winter. Keep this up throughout the season and your hair will be fresh and vibrant by the time spring arrives.
New Year, New Hair
Have you been thinking of getting a haircut for a while now? Maybe you didn't want to risk ruining your holiday photos or you simply hadn't found the time to make it to the salon. Whatever your reason for delaying, the post-holiday months are the best time to get that fresh new look. Chopping off split ends and losing some length is a great way to support new hair growth during the winter months. While we love to start the new year off with a dramatic new look, you don't have to go full pixie cut to get the benefit of a hair refresh. A few inches off and a deep conditioning treatment or keratin strengthening treatment will have you feeling like a whole new naturalista. Book that salon appointment and go boldly into your next season of iconic looks.
The coziest time of the year is upon us. We're looking forward to enjoying styles that carry us through the busy holiday season and help us (and our curls) unwind throughout the long winter ahead. Give your hair the gift of great health this season. Our amazing natural hair care tips for winter are sure to leave you feeling ready for a new year of dazzling.