So, you’ve made it through the holidays, and for those of us here in the South, we’ve avoided “Snowpocalypse 2016” thus far, but still, we find winter wreaking havoc on our hair and skin. It’s tough to maintain moisture in our homes this time of year, and our skin and hair are suffering the consequences. If you’re a curly girl trying to survive the winter months with your shiny, bouncy locks intact, try some of these hair care tips.

5 Hair Care Tips To Help Curly Girls Survive Winter

Shower Sparingly – We’ve mentioned in our previous blog post that long hot showers can rob you skin of moisture, and frequent washing can do the same for your curly hair. Of course frequency of hair washing is personal preference, but typically curly girls can go without washing longer than their straight-haired friends, and most everyone’shair can go longer between washes in the winter months. Your best hair care tip – choose a moisturizing shampoo that is free of sulfates, which can strip hair of its natural oils.

Add Shine By Moisturizing and Conditioning – Winter is a great time to use a deep conditionerto restore your hair’s soft, healthy, shiny appearance. In addition to conditioners, you can use nourishing oils like Moroccan Argan oil, and olive oil to add luster and shine to your hair. Spritzing hair with a combination of water and nourishing oils between washes is a great idea to rejuvenate your curls.

Towel Matters – Yep, we all know that good old cotton-loop, terry-cloth towel, right? How many of you still rub your hair dry with one of those? I hope not many! These rough, cotton-loop towels are harsh on hair, causing breakage and hair loss. Go ahead and wrap your body in these towels, but use a gentle microfiber towel or cotton T-shirt to dry your hair instead. Ideally, you should gently blot and squeeze your hair instead of rubbing or wringing.

Ditch The Brush And Heat–Detangle your hair in the shower after you apply your conditioner and rinse after. This will help cut down on any tangles you might have after squeeze drying your hair. After drying, use a wide-tooth comb rather than a brush. Whenever possible, avoid heat drying and heat styling your hair. Finger dry or section and set your curls and allow them to dry naturally for the least amount of damage.

Keep Up With Your Nutrition -Eating a well-balanced diet with plenty of fruits, leafy greens, lean proteins and of course, good old H2O is really important all year long. Eating a well-balanced diet, rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants can help you maintain healthy hair. Incorporating Omega 3 Fatty Acids and antioxidants can benefit both your hair and skin, and both have benefits for your entire body! For some great nutrition tips on what to eat to help your hair, read our recent blog post, Feed Your Body And Feed Your Hair.

Try some of these hair care tips and see if they help you avoid the winter hair woes. Cutting back on washing, focusing on moisturizing and conditioning, ditching the heat, towel and the brush and maintaining a healthy diet will all help you rock your healthy curls all the way through winter!