Brrrrrr It's Cold in here.
There must be some curlies in the atmosphere... I said Oh-Ee-Oh-Ee-Oh
Ice! Ice! Ice! Oh-Ee-Oh-Ee-Oh Ice! Ice! Ice! Let's go curly's!
.....Movie references and silly songs aside, Winter curl care can be serious business... so let's jump in!
Curly hair requires extra care and attention at the best of times, even more so during the chilly winter months in Australia and New Zealand. Harsh winds, dry indoor heating, cold temperatures and woolen cardigans and scarves etc can strip moisture from your luscious locks, leaving them frizzy, fluffed up, suffering breakage and looking a little dull. But worry not! Our winter curly hair care guide is full of easy-to-implement tips and offers product suggestions, available right here on our website! So don't give your curls the cold shoulder this winter, give them the extra TLC they need ❤️
1.Hydrate those curls like a tradie "hydrating" after a long days work:
Winter weather can be extremely drying, which makes it even more important to keep your curly hair hydrated. Start by incorporating a deep conditioning treatment into your weekly hair care routine. The Inahsi - Restorative Hair Masque from This Little Curl is a fantastic choice, enriched with nourishing ingredients like Cetyl Alcohol, Hemp Seed Oil and Avocado Oil. It even contains a balanced amount of protein to help keep your curls strong. Apply it generously to your hair, remembering to incorporate lots of water then let it sit for up to 30 minutes. Rinse for soft, hydrated curls. Another popular favourite is the EverEscents Berry Blonde Treatment - this is great for super thirsty hair of any colour!
2.Gentle Cleansing - Go extra easy on the suds:
Avoid over-cleansing your hair during winter as it can strip away essential oils. Opt for a gentle cream cleanser like the EverEscents Lemon and Sandalwood Cleanser. This low/no foam cleanser effectively removes impurities while retaining moisture and natural oils, leaving your curls clean and healthy without feeling dry or brittle. If you prefer a foaming shampoo, ensure you opt for a slightly more moisturising shampoo through the winter months. Crowd favourites include Jessicurl Gentle Lather Shampoo, Innersense Hydrating Hair Bath and Curlsmith Essential Moisture Cleanser
Moisturise and Seal - Your curls will feel like a Kiss from a Rose
And if that song reference means nothing to you, I must be getting old!
Lock in moisture by following up your cleansing routine with a moisturising conditioner. A good conditioner will replenish moisture, reduce frizz, and enhance curl definition. Along with a good conditioner, you can also increase the amount of leave in conditioner you use or add one to your routine if you're not using it already.
Protect from the Elements:
Weather elements can play a huge role in the health of your hair. From harsh sun in the summer to cold winds in the winter. You can protect your curly hair from harsh winter weather conditions by wearing a silk or satin scarf wrapped around your hair when heading outside or wearing a satin lined beanie. You can also try using a few drops of your favourite curly hair oil to seal in the moisture and prevent over-drying.
Avoid Heat - I mean, keep your house warm but your curls cool - understood?
High Heat styling is never recommended for curly hair but should you need to dry your hair quickly, a low-medium heat setting on your hair dryer is best. If you do need to use heat occasionally, make sure to apply a heat protectant spray like the Curlsmith Miracle Shield . Miracle Shield can protect up to 230c (not that a hairdryer should ever get that hot!) and also provides protection from the elements too.
Protecting your curls at night - cuse we all know we can't waste a good wash day
You can protect your curls while you sleep by sleeping on a silk or satin pillowcase. Being less absorbent than cotton pillowcases, a silk or satin option will ensure that your hairs natural moisture and oils stay where they should - in your hair! For some curlies a pillowcase will be enough, however if you're finding your still waking up looking a bit frazzled, it might be time to embrace the gorgeousness of a sleep bonnet - trust me, all the cool kids wear them.
And for those interested in the more science-y side of things....
I won't delve into it here as there's A LOT to learn but if you're interested in the more sciency side of how the weather really affects your curls, I highly recommend checking out Scienc-y Hairblog. You'll find a tonne of really interesting articles on Dewpoints, humidity and other things that can change the way your curls and your curly hair products behave.
So there you have it....
Don't let the cold winter weather get you down! A few small tweaks to your products, a little extra protection here and there and voila - you can be as happy as this guy👇 all winter long!