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Have you had to turn on your heat yet? Winter is coming upon us quickly. While you’re breaking out the sweaters and comforters, you also need to re-examine your hair routine. Cold weather can be tough with fragile curly hair. Use these 4 tips to make it easier.

Avoid wet hair in the cold.

Burr! Nothing like heading outside in the morning with wet hair, trying not to freeze to death. However, curly hair often needs daily water and moisture, so the solution isn’t to avoid doing your hair in the winter. Instead, try these hacks:

  • Moisturize your hair at night, not in the morning. Wrap it with a silk scarf or bonnet to preserve the style overnight.
  • If you need to wash your hair during the week, the perfect time is right after your work day is done. That way, it’ll be dry by the time you head to sleep.
  • Try using a blow-dryer with a diffuser attachment to speed up the drying process. The diffuser helps prevent frizz and breakage.
Invest in a satin-lined hat.

Another perennial curly-haired dilemma: you can’t survive winter without a hat, but what on Earth do you do to avoid hat hair? Not only does a hat smoosh your hair, but it also makes it frizzy!

The solution is a satin-lined hat, my friend. Lined with curly-hair-friendly satin, these stylish hats are so gentle on your hair that you can even wear them to sleep in instead of a bonnet.

Deep condition once a week.

Curly hair is especially fragile, and cold, dry weather isn’t easy on your natural strands. If you’re not already in the habit of deep conditioning on a regular basis, winter is a great time to up the ante.

Use a natural deep conditioner at least once a week to keep your hair in good shape throughout the winter. Aim for lots of moisture and a regular dose of protein.

Avoid the flat iron

Lastly, it can be tempting to pick up a flat iron during winter time. After all, some people think of autumn as a time for sleek hairstyles that can fit easily under hats. However! You don’t want to end up with fried hair come spring.

Think long-term, not short-term, and avoid the flat iron as much as possible. A nice protective style like braids or a wig is a better way to achieve sleek hair without compromising your strands. If you do decide to straighten your hair on occasion, use a heat protectant and deep condition afterward.

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