By Jc of The Nat­ur­al Haven Bloom

For those of us cur­rent­ly in the grip of win­ter, the dry cold win­ter air may be wreak­ing hav­oc to your hair.  The first basic solu­tion to dry­ness is of course to add water to the hair. How­ev­er, what should you do if mist­ing it up every night , morn­ing or indeed sev­er­al times a day is not real­ly hav­ing an impact?

1. Start co-wash­ing  in between sham­poo wash­es

Many peo­ple can get away with wash­ing hair once a week or once every fort­night with­out need­ing to do any addi­tion­al wash­es in between. In win­ter, you may want to throw in 2 or more con­di­tion­er wash­es in between the sham­poo wash.  Sham­poo  may not be nec­es­sary for every wash espe­cial­ly if you always cov­er your hair when you go out­side in win­ter.  Wear­ing a hat will great­ly min­imise the amount of dust and dirt that your hair picks up from the envi­ron­ment. Mist­ing your hair or sim­ply soak­ing it in water may not be suf­fi­cient to mois­turise on its own. This is because con­di­tion­er is designed to deposit on hair to repair flaws and increase the mois­ture hold­ing capac­i­ty of the hair. Every time you wet hair and rub it, you deplete some of this lay­er. A con­di­tion­er wash can help to fix this.

2. Get smart when using leave ins: Don’t apply to soak­ing wet hair

This tip is not just for win­ter but for all times. One big mis­take some peo­ple make is to start load­ing up leave in con­di­tion­ers  or oils imme­di­ate­ly out of the show­er. If you apply a leave in or oil to drip­ping wet hair, the fact is that quite a lot of it will sim­ply drip off.  The ide­al time to start adding leave ins is after tow­el (or cot­ton t-shirt) dry­ing for 5–10 min­utes. At this point, most of the wet­ness has dis­ap­peared from the hair but there is still suf­fi­cient water to be ‘sealed’ in by the leave in con­di­tion­er or oil. The excep­tions to the rule are  some heav­ier oils like cas­tor oil or very thick but­ters like raw shea but­ter which may actu­al­ly be eas­i­er to apply on wet hair. How­ev­er, for stan­dard light leave ins like store bought con­di­tion­ers and light oils like coconut, jojo­ba, olive or argan oil, the damp, non-drip­ping hair is best.

3. Time your wash­es: Avoid going out­side with wet hair

If you choose to wash your hair more often, you will need to learn how to time your wash­es so that you are not going out­side with wet hair. The dri­er and cold­er air in win­ter makes it dif­fi­cult for hair to dry mean­ing it will stay wet for longer. Addi­tion­al­ly, the feel­ing of cold win­ter air on wet hair is often unpleas­ant.  The idea of mois­tur­is­ing hair is not to have wet hair for ages, it is to lock in the mois­ture into the hair and main­tain a humid­i­ty bar­ri­er on the out­side.  If you have a stan­dard work day, wash your hair soon after get­ting home and it should be suf­fi­cient­ly dry to sleep on com­fort­ably  and fair­ly dry by the morn­ing.

For those of you liv­ing in cold, dry win­ter cli­mates, how do you keep your hair mois­tur­ized?

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Car­ing for my hair in the win­ter can be quite hard. I remem­ber my hair get­ting dry and not work­ing the way I want­ed it to! I have got a few things that I now do to keep my hair in good shape. Check it out! 



Law Professionals

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Sapphire Blue 215

I use a mois­tur­iz­ing sham­poo, but more impor­tant­ly I do a week­ly soak with coconut oil & milk mixed with water. Once a week or as need­ed I use jojo­ba oil hair jel­ly on my scalp. & last but not least wear pro­tec­tive styles. 

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Well in Bar­ba­dos we don’t get win­ter but some­times around this time of year the wind tends to be very cold and drys out my skin, my scalp and my hair. Where­as I just add heavy min­er­al oil to all my lotions and creams for my skin, I find that apply­ing cas­tor oil just after my hair is washed, and onto my scalp every oth­er day there­inafter, helps to com­bat the dry­ing effects of the wind.

Curly Queen

What you’re sup­posed to do or not to do is always chang­ing. Pre­vi­ous­ly I read that you should apply prod­ucts to drip­ping wet hair and now this is some­thing dif­fer­ent. It can be hard to keep up.


I am SO dis­lik­ing this DC weath­er with highs in the 20s. I need to co-wash more but I have been doc­u­ment­ing progress in my reg­i­men jour­nal

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I don’t get dry win­ter hair, why you ask? I keep it in pro­tec­tive styles all the time, don’t manip­u­late it and only wash it every fort­night. I know, but it works for me. My sis­ter has APL hair and told me that wash­ing it too often was where I was going wrong and it seems to be work­ing.… Anoth­er thing I do is only spritz and seal in the morn­ing before styling my hair. Out of the three rec­om­men­da­tions the only one I do is make sure my hair is near­ly dry after wash­ing before using a leave in. Of course… Read more »

… I dont think there’s any­thing you can do for nat­ur­al hair in cana­di­an weath­er. In my city right now, we’re in the -30 Cel­sius! Yes, you read right MINUS 30! Lets not even talk about the state of my hair. I could be co-wash­ing until im blue in the face. Dont think it would make a dif­fer­ence.


Wow, just think­ing about this because my hair (espe­cial­ly my ends) have become so dry since cold weath­er has set in. I actu­al­ly cow­ash more in the sum­mer b/c of swim­ming, sweat­ing, etc., but I think I’m going to have to throw in a mid week cow­ash and do more pro­tec­tive styling.

Thick Nigerian Hair

Lol! She said, “wash your hair soon after get­ting home and it should be suf­fi­cient­ly dry to sleep on com­fort­ably and fair­ly dry by the morn­ing”. Unless my 4c, APL hair is in its free and 3 inch shrunk­en fro, my hair is GUARANTEED to take at least 24 hours. At least. On a good day. Which is almost nev­er.

Grey Poupon

Okay?! LOL!

Signed, Thick Hait­ian Hair lol.


my mom puts hair grease in my hair (i think its sim­i­lar to blue mag­ic) dur­ing win­ter months. is that bad? i still mois­turise my hair dai­ly with water and oil with­out her know­ing as well unless she’ll get upset with me.

Ugonna Wosu

grease is a good sealant for hair. As long as you’re not using it as a mois­tur­iz­er, you should be fine. Explain to your mom that you need a water-based mois­tur­iz­ing lotion or leave-in con­di­tion­er, that you can use in con­junc­tion with the grease. That these are the real mois­tur­iz­ers that keep your hair from break­ing and that the grease will seal them in, since they con­tain water as the first ingre­di­ent. This could be the best way to intro­duce her to the idea of water being good for black hair, which you can explain lat­er on.


I recent­ly start­ing co-wash­ing in between reg­u­lar sham­poo ses­sions and it real­ly helped keep my TWA in check! Before that I start­ed notic­ing not only dry­ness but, hor­ror of hor­rors… the begin­nings of break­age!