My Winter hair care routine is really important to me because of how dry and brittle my hair tends to get in the colder months.
Because of how cold it is in the Winter, our hair tends to become very dry, prone to breakage, and flaky and this can ruin all the love and care you’ve put into it the rest of the year.
Here are my ultimate Winter hair care tips and tricks for healthy, hydrated, and nourished hair during these freezing cold months.
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My Winter Hair Care Routine
1. Oil Your Scalp Weekly
This is my favorite little secret to how I’ve gotten my hair so healthy and how I grew it 5 inches in just 2 months.
Oiling your scalp stimulates the hair follicles and helps it grow faster AND it’s one of the best ways to hydrate and moisturize your scalp to avoid the dry and flakey scalp that is so common during the Winter.
I wrote an article on my favorite hair oils for my scalp as well as exactly how I like to put them on, HERE.
Best Hair Oils for Scalp
As a quick recap, these are my favorite hair oils for the scalp, and I would highly recommend applying them weekly (at the minimum!) to moisturize your scalp and it soft and lush.
- Castor Oil – $18.95
- Rosemary Oil – $18.95
- Grapeseed Oil – $13.95
- Peppermint Oil – $13.99
- Argan Oil – $8.99
In the article I’ve linked, I have an extensive list of the oils I use on my scalp, but these 5 are must-haves for your hair routine!
2. Avoid Heat
You should try to keep the heat on your hair to a minimum anyway, but this is especially important in the Winter time when your hair is already dry and brittle.
Adding heat to already dry hair will not only damage it more and make it even drier, but your hair will look really frail and weak once the Winter effects and heat effects set in.
My natural hair texture is quite wavy and curly and sometimes it’s a lot to tame, so I usually end up resorting to using heat on it at least once or twice a week. But I noticed that my hair looked extra weak and dry in the Winter when I would use heat on it, so I’ve switched my hair routine around to almost completely avoid using heat in the Winter.
Now from October to almost February, I try to use no heat on my hair at all and instead put my hair in braids or half up, half down hairstyles.
Instead of using heat in the Winter, try experimenting with your natural hair and see what works for you! I know it’s to get used to, especially when you’re not used to styling your natural hair, but it’s going to be such a life saver for your hair in the Winter.
3. End Your Showers with Cool Water
I know, I know, it seems crazy to say that in the middle of Winter you should wash your hair with cold water, but cold water is great for your hair.
Instead of showering in cold water the entire time, right before you step out of the shower, rinse your hair with cold water. This will lock the moisture in your hair and it shinier and less frizzy – which is great in the Winter time when your hair is dry and brittle.
4. Condition Your Hair Every Time You Wash it
My hair is naturally on the thinner side, so I usually don’t like to use conditioner every time I wash my hair because it makes my hair feel too limp and soft.
But during the Winter, I tend to use conditioner a lot more often because my hair is so much drier and frizzier.
Conditioner makes your hair a lot easier to manage and control frizz why also making your hair soft and shiny – a great way to combat the negative effects of the Winter cold on your hair.
Best Conditioners During the Winter
Here are my favorite conditioners, check them out:
- Moroccan Oil Hydrating Conditioner – $11.00
- Rahua Hydration Conditioner – $38.00
- Kerastase Aura Botanica Moisturizing Conditioner – $35.00
- SheaMoisture Hydrate & Repair Conditioner for Damaged Hair – $11.99
- Curlsmith Glow Perfecting Conditioner – $25.00
- Rahua Classic Conditioner – $38.00
5. Hair Masks are a MUST
While conditioner is really important, so are hair masks.
The way I like to think of it is that hair masks are like conditioner on steroids.
Hair masks will give your hair ultra hydration and moisture and will prevent your hair from getting very dry and frizzy in the Winter.
I would recommend doing a deep conditioning hair mask once a week during Winter.
Best Hair Masks
These two hair marks are my favorite right now:
- Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Hair Mask – $38.00
- Amika Soulfood Nourishing Mask – $28.00
6. Limit Your Hair Wash Days (Dry Shampoo is Your Best Friend)
So far, the most important point I’ve made on your Winter hair care routine is that you need to add and keep as much moisture in your hair as possible because the cold weather is going to make it dry, flakey, and frizzy.
One of the best ways you can do this is by limiting how much you wash your hair.
Of course, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t wash your hair at all and let it get oily, greasy, and itchy before you wash it, but maybe add another day or two before you wash it.
And if your hair tends to get greasy fast, a great way to put off washing it is by using dry shampoo.
Dry shampoo will absorb the oils on your scalp and help your hair last longer and look amazing. I also really like dry shampoos because I feel like they add a lot of volume and texture to my hair.
This Winter dry shampoo will be your best friend!
Best Dry Shampoos
In the article on how I grew my hair 5 inches in 2 months, I listed some of my favorite dry shampoos that actually work and make my hair last a lot longer.
Here they are:
- Ouai Super Dry Shampoo – $24.00
- R+Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo – $32.00
- Batiste Clean and Classic Dry Shampoo – $34.30
- ACURE Vegan Dry Shampoo – $6.99
I hope these six easy and simple Winter hair care steps keep your hair nourished, hydrated, and healthy during these super cold next few months.