Last week there were piles of filthy snow all over the place. This week the skies are bleak and the streets are shiny and wet because of the rain. Chicago’s weather doesn’t quite know what to do with itself, and neither does my hair.


natural hair winter

Look at that cold Chicago wind just whipping it back and forth! And that is the “OMG I’m freezing can we please go inside” smile, just so you know!

When the winter weather is dry, cold and crisp, my hair gets poofy and needs more deep conditioning and regular, gentle detangling before the tangles become too impenetrable. When it’s wet and miserable like it is today, my hair goes floppy and limp and won’t hold a consistent curl pattern. It’s quite frustrating, trust and believe!

During wavering winters like this, I go back to the tried, tested and true winter hair care routine – click here to read that classic post. I switch to heavier hair care products – now’s the time to bust out your funnel or take out your mixing bowl to add moisturizing agents to your existing products. I’ve found that my hair responds best to shea butter products, and oil based products at this time of year. If you’re the kind of bella who is open to mass market natural hair products – an Informed but Flexible or Anything Goes natural, if you will – you might find yourself falling for Crème of Nature’s Argan Oil line of products. If you love the fragrance and feel of argan oil from Morocco, you will most likely love this stuff.

My favorite product from the line is the Intensive Conditioning Treatment, it makes for a great cowash with lots of slip for detangling, and leaves my hair visibly and tangibly moisturized after use.

The kind folks at Crème of Nature are offering 10 lucky Afrobella readers a chance to try out their Argan Oil product line!


Your prize pack will include:  Moisture and Shine Shampoo, Intensive Conditioning Treatment, Strength and Shine Conditioner, Oil Moisturizer and Oil Treatment.

How do you enter, how do you win? All you need to do is leave a comment here telling me the following — what is your best winter hair care tip? The ten best answers will win a gift set of Crème of Nature’s argan oil infused hair products.

This giveaway will be open until next Thursday, so comment away!

Best of luck, bellas!


Lena M. says:
February 16, 2012, 1:28 pm
I use coconut oil instead of my regular conditioner in winter to keep my hair in a top condition. It definitely works!
LaToya says:
February 16, 2012, 1:28 pm
Seal in moisture by misting your hair with water and then coating the ends with oil. Argan oil is great for this plus it smells good too!
February 16, 2012, 1:30 pm
the best winter hair care to tip is protective styling. braids, updo's and wearing hats to protect the hair from harsh wind. Also deep conditioners and sealing my ends.
Kelly B. says:
February 16, 2012, 1:31 pm
it's all about protective styling!!! twists with ends tucked under into a bun, braids (not too tight), wigs, etc. are great ways to keep your ends from being damaged and prevent breakage overall!
Edith W says:
February 16, 2012, 1:32 pm
I protect my moisturized hair and scalp by wrapping it with a silk scarf at night and under my winter hat.
Davina West says:
February 16, 2012, 1:33 pm
Wear a silk or satin scarf under your hats to help protect your tresses.
Jamica says:
February 16, 2012, 1:36 pm
Keeps those ends hidden and those locks moisturized to beat the dry, cold days of winter. After a good deep conditioning, seal the hair by applying an oil to the hair, such as coconut, olive, argan or shea. For the day-to-day care, combine several of your favorite oils and spritz the hair. If the weather allows, spritz the hair with this oil combination and water to ensure penetration of the oils. Protective styles are your friends and this is not limited to braids or sew-ins. If you can, a nice headwrap keeps the hair protected and the hair warm while a low bun with a knit hat or fedora are stylish yet sophisticated options.
Dana Wright says:
February 16, 2012, 1:37 pm
what is your best winter hair care tips? My #1 winter remedy is to stay moisturized rather it is a daily moisturizer, oil, leave in conditioner, and/or a good deep conditioner when I wash my hair. I am also very mindful to cover my hair and protect it from the winter elements. I use scarves and satin caps when I am outdoors. My winter hair care remedy/tips keep my hair looking and feeling good. Dana
Edith W says:
February 16, 2012, 1:39 pm
Deep condition weekly
Verliz says:
February 16, 2012, 1:40 pm
Hmm.. I'll only know whether this worked at the END of winter since I've only just discovered it.. but... my shea butter mix (shea butter, coconut oil, castor oil, jojoba oil, argan oil, olive oil) applied to damp hair works miracles for me. Usually twisted afterwards, but even in a pony puff it remains supple.
Tanya Regan says:
February 16, 2012, 1:43 pm
First spritz your hair with water(or moisturizer of your choice), then seal with an oil of your choice and then seal that with a butter of your choice. Also, be sure to deep condition at least once a week. You can also baggy your ends or entire head for a few hours or overnight 2 times a week.
msladydeborah says:
February 16, 2012, 1:44 pm
I am going to be honest because I have worn my hair naturally since the sixties. I never gave a whole lot of thought to my regime until I hit menopause. This brought on a major change in my hair texture, growth spurts. I decided to revert back to the regime that was used when I was a little girl. I wash my hair once a week, rinse it with a mix of apple cider vinegar and water, condition it, and then I apply a mix of shea butter and olive oil before twisting or braiding it. I am discovering that the grey hair on my head is really very different than the strands that still retain my natural and added colors. So this is going to be a real challenge for me because I now have to figure out what to do. Quite honestly, I am not sure what my new regime will be. This probably is not a great answer but I am learning more from my younger sistas about natural hair care so, I decided to just be honest. I will be checking back to see what other ideas are being shared. I am hoping to find one that might suit me. BTW, I feel you on the Chicago climate. I use to live there myself. Stay warm and safe!
Erin B says:
February 16, 2012, 1:45 pm
Two words, DEEP CONDITIONING. Right now I'm deep conditioning once and sometimes twice a week to make sure that my hair doesn't get hard and unmanageable because then I start shedding. I also love to use Argan oil, tea tree oil or jojoba oil!
Carla says:
February 16, 2012, 1:50 pm
The best tip I have is to make a nice moisture mix with rosewater, vegtable glycerin, shea moisture and coconut oil. Spritz hair before bed and sleep with a shower cap. When you wake your hair is fluffy and refreshed plus ready to battle the outdoors. The hair is damp but if you remove the cap when you wake it should try.
Anisse C says:
February 16, 2012, 1:51 pm
It's all about EVOO. Extra Virgin Olive Oil mixed in as a cocktail with other creme based products or simply by itself helps to keep hair moisturized and shiny!
Bronda says:
February 16, 2012, 1:52 pm
I use water, seal with oil at night and sleep with a silk scarf and satin pillowcase. I also try to protective style
Stephanie says:
February 16, 2012, 1:57 pm
protective styles work best in winter as well as deep conditioning more frequently! That works best for me!
Keesha "Kay" says:
February 16, 2012, 1:59 pm
Using an oil based product (e.g. hot oil treatment) during your shampoo and conditioning routine will help you seal in additional moisture for the cold winter months. Because the wind can be very harsh on our natural kinks,curls,locks,and coils, we MUST protect our hair with silk and satin coverings. Also, it is important to recognize that excessive use of product is not the same as moisturizing the hair. In fact, too much product can have an adverse affect on the hair. Use products like the CoN Argan Oil line that are moisture based and be consistent with your regimen. Finally, try to go with protective up-do's if you have length and sassy pin-ups or side-do's for short to medium length.
Cheekie says:
February 16, 2012, 2:01 pm
I've actually JUST started using Creme of Nature Argan Oil products! Well, one of 'em. I've tried the Argan Oil Gloss and Shine Polisher and I love it. It's definitely great for the winter. It adds shine to otherwise dull and lifeless hair... which is what I experience in the winter (without that glorious humidity... lol, I remember when I used to hate it, ha!). I've noticed more compliments on my hair since using it.
Keesha "Kay" says:
February 16, 2012, 2:02 pm
Using an oil based product (e.g. hot oil treatment) during your shampoo and conditioning routine will help you seal in additional moisture for the cold winter months. Because the wind can be very harsh on our natural kinks, curls, locks, and coils, we MUST protect our hair with silk and satin coverings. Also, it is important to recognize that excessive use of product is not the same as moisturizing the hair. In fact, too much product can adversely affect the hair. Use products like the CoN Argan Oil line that are moisture based and be consistent with your regimen. Finally, try to go with protective up-do's if you have length and sassy pin-ups or side-do's for short to medium length.
Leigh-Ann says:
February 16, 2012, 2:03 pm
Protective styling is a must. This cold winter will really damage your hair if you let it. I also use heavy creams and butters on my hair/scalp to keep it moisturized.
Keesha "Kay" says:
February 16, 2012, 2:15 pm
Using an oil based product (e.g. hot oil treatment) during your shampoo and conditioning routine will help you seal in additional moisture for the cold winter months. Because the wind can be very harsh on our natural kinks, curls, locks and coils, we MUST protect our hair with silk/satin coverings when outdoors. Also, it is important to recognize that excessive use of product is not the same as moisturizing the hair. In fact, too much product can adversely affect the hair. Use products like those on the CoN Argan Oil line that are moisture based and be consistent with your regimen. Finally, try to go with protective up-do's if you have length and sassy pin-ups or side-do's for short to medium length.
paola says:
February 16, 2012, 2:16 pm
As my hair is kinky-curly, in winter I wear a protective hair style (braids or twists) and I deep condition my hair once or twice a week by mixing olive oil with two egg yolks. I apply this mixture for an hour then rince it with warm lemon water.
JackieC says:
February 16, 2012, 2:17 pm
My best tip for winter time hair care is to sincerely listen to your hair's needs. If dryness has increased, increase your water intake and switch products. If breakage is becoming a problem, seek out protective styles. If none of these issues apply to you, continue with your routine as usual.
Tiffany says:
February 16, 2012, 2:22 pm
I am a two strand twist freak. While being stationed in Alaska this protective style is what I live by. I wet my hair everyday during my shower and apply my oils along with it. I have also started spritzing leave in conditioner in the morning as well as at night. I refuse to let Alaska's harsh weather make my hair dull, dry and brittle.
Shady S says:
February 16, 2012, 2:29 pm
DEEP CONDITIONING is my best friend during the winter months. I also Pamper and handle my hair with care. Extra moisturizing and sealing in the moisture especially my ends. I also like to hide my ends as much as possible, protective styling, silk scarfs with a beanie or hat on top :)
Regina Tobe says:
February 16, 2012, 2:40 pm
My tip is to condtion with the Huetiful Steamer weekly with Miss Jessies sweetback treatment or Rapid recovery conditioner seal my end with castor oil with two strand twist.
Joanna M says:
February 16, 2012, 2:42 pm
I deep condition my hair at least once a week and use a mixture of extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil which I have my mom send me straight from St Lucia (local coconut oil is the best). At night I keep it protected when going to bed with a silk scarf that way it retains moisture. Thank you.
JackieT says:
February 16, 2012, 2:54 pm
In the Winter I deep condition about once a week and use my own personal shea butter/mango butter/coconut oil mixture to seal my ends in a protective style.
latonya says:
February 16, 2012, 3:00 pm
i only tired the leave in cond. n so far I love it!! I just really started co washing and I am loving it!! conditon condition!
Tyrika Williams says:
February 16, 2012, 4:05 pm
Daily spritz with water, aloe juice, and glycerin and seal ends with castor oil.
Angel says:
February 16, 2012, 4:08 pm
My best winter tip is to protect your hair by sewing satin into your hats and the collar of coats.
Autumn H says:
February 16, 2012, 4:22 pm
Seal your ends! I also like to wear beenies and just moisturize at night and add a little oil in the morning
Teresa K. says:
February 16, 2012, 4:59 pm
DEEP condition and mist/remoisturize daily if needed!
Unika Howell-Molden says:
February 16, 2012, 6:07 pm
I have found that during the winter months. My skin is dry, scalp is dry and my hair is even more dry. I know now that I must take care of my inside and stay hydrated so that my hair will continue to be soft,silky and shiny. I add ground flax seeds to my meals, olive oil to my bath water and a mix of oils to all of my products. Most of all, I make sure that I'm taking my supplements like 4 Vitamin E pills a day and Multi Vitamins. To make a long story short,a healthy inside will reflect a healthy outside.... Unika
Cristine says:
February 16, 2012, 6:13 pm
Don't slack on the deep conditioning !! My hair always needs extra moisture, so I deep condition and usually add oil to my deep conditioner and sit under the dryer. I also seal with castor oil, it's heavy and definitely locks in moisture!
warrior11209 says:
February 16, 2012, 6:20 pm
Since I'm dealing with a salt 'n pepper twa I have found that a daily spritz of extra virgin olive oil and 64 ounces of water each day keeps my hair moisturized. The evoo also gives my gray a nice shine !
Allison says:
February 16, 2012, 6:22 pm
Listen to your hair; it will tell you what it needs this time (and any time) of year!
Queen Eye Cee says:
February 16, 2012, 8:19 pm
In order to add and maintain maximum moisture to kinky/curly/coily tresses, I'd suggest utilizing the L.O.C Method (Liquid-Oil-Cream) made famous by BlackOnyx77. You first spritz your hair with a H2O/Aloe-Vera based product (water = moisture), then lock in the moisture from the water with an all natural oil/all natural oil blend, finally to insure that all that moisturization is thoroughly locked in, one should apply a cream based product which is usually a butter/butter blend of some sort... Hope this tip helps someone!!!
LaNeshe says:
February 16, 2012, 9:05 pm
My winter hair care tip would be realize that your hair reacts differently and needs different things in the winter. At first, I couldn't understand why people switched up their regimens with the seasons, but I've come to learn that between the heat on in buildings, the freezing air outside,and wearing our hair under drying hats, hair needs more moisture and more care in the winter. Acknowledging that you have to update your regimen for the winter is imperative.
nalani says:
February 16, 2012, 9:21 pm
My winter hair care tip: cover your head. The cold can work the hair and it's better to protect the hair from the elements. The dry indoor air can aggravate natural hair so moisturizing is critial.
MoniqueHasana says:
February 16, 2012, 9:24 pm
Honestly, my best winter haircare tip is to grease it braid it and lay it to the back, lmao. I wash my hair every Saturday, deep condition, seal it, braid it up and it is a done deal. As I have become more mature as a nature, I learned work works best for me is a simple route and simple everday products. This took me years and thousands of dollars later. Ladies, keep it simple
Syreeta says:
February 16, 2012, 9:50 pm
I alternate between braids/ yarn braids when it starts to get cold (Im in the Chi too). Keeping my braids moisturized with Shea Moistures spray mist and Creme of Nature Argan oil, at least twice a week. As it gets warmer and the braids come out, I use my favorite tool, my hair steamer to lock in moisture and I usually apply oil before steaming. Making my hair moisturized, soft and smelling great.
Asia Price says:
February 16, 2012, 10:01 pm
In the winter, I do an updo protective style. This allows very little manipulation, for my hair to stay moisturized, and for my ends to stay shielded from the elements :D
Juliana says:
February 16, 2012, 10:34 pm
My best winter care tip is baggying (wrapping hair in a plastic cap). The wind can be especially hard on your ends so if you moisturize before bed then baggy your hair will be soft and retain moisture throughout the day.
TraciB says:
February 16, 2012, 10:54 pm
Deep conditioning is a must! Protective styling is a must! Keeping my curls moisturized is a must (I switch from coconut to olive oil). I also have to use the humidifier at home, this has REALLY made a difference, not only to my hair but to my skin as well.
KAY_TE_A says:
February 17, 2012, 2:56 am
I deep condition my hair weekly after washing and conditioning. Then I finish off by moisturizing starting from my scalp to my ends with a coconut base daily moisturizer and seal with an oil (either coconut oil, jojoba oil, or extra virgin olive oil). Also, I suggest protective hair styles for the winter! The harsh weather can ruin all your hardwork that you've done.
Melissa says:
February 17, 2012, 8:35 am
During the winter, I find I use my diffuser more. I love the air dry method during late spring and summer but if I want to fight that frizz and dryness I pull out my diffuser about every other day. I agree with the other ladies and their tips but I hate having to wear my hair put up in twists, buns etc, after all that loving care diffusing let's me rock my curls out!
Denita says:
February 17, 2012, 10:14 am
I work night shift and often workout at the gym before I go to work. I put my hair in two or three cornrows while working out and when I'm finished I take them out and have a fab braidout. This works very well in the winter because I dont have to go outside with wet hair.
Imani says:
February 17, 2012, 10:17 am
My best winter hair care tip is hair steaming. It is a great deep conditioning treatment for hair and especially natural hair since natural hair is prone to dryness because of the tight coils/curls. Steaming hair in the winter is a must try because it improves scalp blood flow circulation and opens the hair follicles and shaft encouraging moisture penetration. Also, adding a weekly steam treatment to your hair routine will speed up your moisture balance process. I recommend all naturals to try the steaming treatment.
February 17, 2012, 11:14 am
Amber C. says:
February 17, 2012, 11:16 am
My best winter hair care tip involves conditioning and sealing. I try to deep condition at least once per week, and I seal in the moisture using olive oil or a product made by Mizani called Butter Rich. It's important to condition your hair first because the conditioner provides moisture. If you apply the sealant(oil) without conditioning, I have found that it makes your hair drier than before. I also use a light oil on my scalp to combat dryness. That's definitely not good during the cold, dry winter months. On top of all of that, I sleep with a silk scarf tied on my head every night.
Jacque Jackson says:
February 17, 2012, 11:34 am
Always make sure to put on extra leave in conditioner for winter.
Verbal Phoenix says:
February 17, 2012, 11:54 am
My best winter hair care tip includes plenty of love, lots of H20 and satin bed coverings to enjoy your water and do whatever it is that you love (read, TV, sleep - etc :) )
Ollie Moss says:
February 17, 2012, 11:56 am
In the winter months I tend to wash and deep condition my hair once a week. I am a fan of the Shea Moisture products because my hair responds great to them. I usually keep it braided and wrapped in decorative scarves during the winter months. But my hair gets more deep conditioning treatments in the winter months. Ollie Moss
Kenya says:
February 17, 2012, 12:02 pm
I am a new transitioner. This is my first winter working with my hair without a chemical. My best tip thus far is to wash or co wash weekly and use protein treatments & deep conditioners to satisfy thirsty hair. Also drink plenty of water and be kind to your tresses!
laughing808 says:
February 17, 2012, 2:39 pm
My winter haircare includes: weekly pre-shampoo oil treatments with coconut and castor oil for 20 mins; shampooing with aussie mega moisture; regular conditioner with coconut oil added; a leave in conditioner and use of argan oil daily. I sleep with a satin wrap and on a satin pillow case.
Iris says:
February 17, 2012, 2:40 pm
SheaMoisture is my product of choice. My hair loves it. I use the deep treatment mask to define my curls. I rack it thru sections at a time and rinse just enough that some product is left in my hair. Then I use the curl creme with gel for hold and my hair is simply AMAZING!!!!!!!
Angela says:
February 17, 2012, 2:43 pm
The best thing to keep your hair looking healthy and full of life is to eat as healthy as you can: plenty of Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and B vitamins. Along with that, drink all the water you can. If you are going to wear a hat, remember to put a silk lining inside or wear a silk scarf underneath so it won't dry your hair out. Another hair killer is stress. Just relax and try not to worry so much!
Kishia says:
February 17, 2012, 3:42 pm
The best winter advice tip I can offer is to wear protective styles- and plenty of them! I've become pretty creative over the years in wearing protective styles during the winter months. Doing so keeps the ends of my hair from being exposed and helps it to remain moisturized much longer. It's also a good way to minimize split ends and tangled hair. Today I'm rocking my straw set. And yes, bellas, I actually use drinking straws to achieve this style. As is ages, it gets fluffier, bigger, and looks even better. A few other styles,-flat strand twists, buns, and two strand twists. Of course, feel free to create your own. But the best thing by far that works for me is protective styling. You hair will thank you for it later :)
Erica Best says:
February 17, 2012, 4:25 pm
i have been using pure Argan Oil all winter and it really helps.
Awanda Clark says:
February 17, 2012, 4:33 pm
Wow, my winter tip. Well I live in a part of Arizona that has winter temps that average 70-72 degrees, not really cold weather. So, I pretty much do the same as I do in the summer months. I co-wash most of the time, I clarify once per month, DC under steamer 2 x per week and always add some additional oils, from plum oil to coconut oil. I keep my hair moisturized with shea butter or broccoil cream.
curlsR4ever says:
February 17, 2012, 6:27 pm
My best winter hair tip is to START OIL RINSING! Pick your favorite oil, and figure out how your hair like to be oil rinsed. Different naturals do it in different ways. I like to wash, wash/condition, deep condition, rinse, put my oil of choice (ARGAN or coconut oil), warmed in my hair, and then rinse with really warm then cool water. This has really cut down on tangles and fairy knots. Also, it makes my hair last longer between washes. There are many ways to oil rinse, but this is how I do it. And it is AWESOME! :)
Antithesis says:
February 17, 2012, 7:21 pm
be sure the hat you wearing to keep you warm doesn't ruin your hair by drying it/causing split ends; wear a satin/silk scarf under wool caps.
Kelly K. says:
February 17, 2012, 8:13 pm
Hello from dark, extreme cold, and extreme dry from Anchorage, Alaska!! This is the toughest climate for a Natural Bella like myself. We have 9 long months of temps between 8 degrees above freezing and -40 BELOW freezing! So, my regiment is quite stringent not only for my hair but also my skin. In my shampoo called Motions Shampoo with Keratin, I added 1 teaspoon of natural Argan Oil, 1 teaspoon Carmelia flower oil, and 3 drops of Lavender Oil to my Motions Shampoo. I wash my hair on Monday and Thursday night. On Sunday night I have a deep conditoning treatment of 3 tablespoons of Black Strap Molasses, 2 tablespoons honey, and 1 1/2 tablespoons Shea Butter or Shea Oil that I put on my hair then wrap tightly with a towel for 20-30 minutes. I rinse it out thoroughly and let my hair air dry. My hair has an incredible sheen and is extremely soft. No more dry scalp or winter itch. I use my Argan Oil for shine and manageability throughout the other days of the week.
missbreezi says:
February 17, 2012, 9:07 pm
always, always, always moisturize my hair. mostly leaving conditioner in my hair.
Kel Daroe says:
February 17, 2012, 9:25 pm
Just like you wouldn't leave the house without lotion, you canNOT leave the house without conditioning your hair. I do it right after lotioning my legs, so I never forget. I also leave a little bit of cholesterol conditioner in my hair. I don't wash it all the way out and it leaves my hear shiny and manageable for at least 2 days.
Michellese b.k.a. Mz. Golden says:
February 17, 2012, 10:03 pm
Im a newly natural (about 4 months) and this is my first winter. So far, what I have found to work with my hair is the Cantu Shea Butter leave-in conditioner along with extra virgin olive oil and water mix. I have only been wearing twist outs and this makes my curls nice and soft. I twist every night, using conditioner and oil mix, then i sleep in a satin bonnet. I use Herbal Essence hydration shampoo and twisted curls conditioner. I love the hydration but the totally twisted does not seem to moisturize enough. I have tried soooo many products in my 4 months. I have been trying to find the Cream of Nature Argan Oil products because I have heard so many great reviews, but cannot in any of the beauty supplies I frequent. Thank you, and I look forward to blogging more as my natural hair journey continues!
Vanessa says:
February 17, 2012, 10:12 pm
Hey, Since i am a Caribbean born female, i have little experience with winter hair care :/. But i have been reading alot so here is my answer. After you wash you hair, you can deep condition for a longer than usual period while adding to the condition penetrating oils such as olive oil, coconut oil, or avocado oil. After you deep condition, you can triple seal the hair: leave in conditioner, a hair butter and a sealant oil such as castor oil. After this, I think it would be best to dry the hair. Its cold and i doubt it is fun to have wet hair on cold days. Finally, to keep the hair strong and reduce damage due to cold weather, you can do a protective hair style. Thats my take on winter hair care! :)
Ashley says:
February 17, 2012, 10:15 pm
I would say for you to deep condition every time you wash and moisturize and seal your ends. Also wear a hat or something to protect your hair from the cold harsh weather.
Erica says:
February 17, 2012, 11:02 pm
My best tip: Moisturize regulary and ALWAYS seal. Your hair will love you and show it by staying soft.
H.Walker says:
February 18, 2012, 12:39 am
Moisturize daily, wash weekly with gentle shampoos to remove build-up, sleep on satin or silk pillow covers to maintain the natural oils on your scalp, keep a humidifier in your bedroom or house because just like skin hair gets dehydrated as well, drink lots of water and take "fatty" vitamins like Fish Oil or Flaxseed Oil to encourage healthy hair growth, trim ends every 3 to 6 months, use pure coconut oil as a pre-wash treatment, always treat your hair with love and kindness.
Nep says:
February 18, 2012, 2:18 am
The best tips during winter are: -to use protective styles a lot more in order to protect your ends( nothing fancy is needed it could be as simple as putting your hair in a ponytail, a bun, twists or braids)...even wearing a hat with a satin or silk scarf under would also do the trick -to not manipulate your hair too much -make sure to deep condition regularly -shampoo less often. When I do shampoo, I like to dilute my shampoo then add a few drops of peppermint oil & massage my scalp because it helps with circulation - moisturize, moisturize, & moisturize some more!!...i achieve this by spraying my hair with a mixing of water and aloe vera juice or gel & sealing the moisture with a home made shea butter mixture or store bought heavy cream. I also make sure to oil my edges, nape as well as my scalp (only if needed)with a heavier oil, such as castor oil, preferably. i think it's also important to give the hair time to dry on your wash day, i always picture going outside with wet hair & coming back home with frozen hair lol & don't forget your satin bonnet/scarf/pillow case when you go to bed ;)
Jessica says:
February 18, 2012, 11:12 am
My winter tip is to met you heair steam in the shower, pritective styling is great but your hiar needs to get some air or hot air every one in a while too.
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Ms. Lici says:
February 18, 2012, 2:00 pm
Oh My there are so many rules for taking care of hair in the winter. Suggestions for winter: I honestly think that if you have enough length to be able to do protective styling, this is the way to go for winter. The most important thing to remember, especially for those of us who live in colder, dryer areas, is to MOISTURIZE!!!! When you’re wearing your wool hats and other protective head gear, make sure to use a satin bonnet or wig cap to reduce the friction from the hats and help retain moisture. This applies to scarves as well. One ingredient to be cautious of is GLYCERIN. It is a really good humectant and can keep hair moisturized in warmer months. Unfortunately, glycerin does the opposite in the winter months as there is less humidity and moisture in the air.
Evelyn (NappyNubianLuv) says:
February 18, 2012, 2:35 pm
I use a combination of coconut oil, aloe vera oil, shea butter, vitamin E, tea tree, neem oil, eucalyptus and lavender oil for fragrance mixed together with distilled water in a spray bottle. I saturate my scalp and hair, cover with a plastic cap and apply a little heat for 20-30 minutes. Next I towel dry and then twist or plait my hair and cover with a satin bonnet or silk scarf. In the morning I take my hair down and rub a little shea butter and coconut oil through my hair and I'm out the door!
Whitney says:
February 19, 2012, 5:10 am
I live in The Netherlands and at this moment it's snowing (wet snow), so yeah thick moisturizers bunning sealing & hats! Greetsxx
Margaret says:
February 19, 2012, 9:35 am
My best winter hair care tip is to use a leave in conditioner, paying special attention to the ends. My hair tends to be dry - I don't know if it's my age or the weather. But when it's very cold I keep it up more to protect the ends. I also wash it just a little less in the winter - not more than once every 10 days, co-washing in between.
Leah says:
February 19, 2012, 9:52 am
My best winter hair care tip is tackling the dryness that winter can cause through a holistic approach. I drink lots of water and green tea. I take a multivitamin every day and a fish oil supplement a few times a week. I eat my green leafy veggies and I make sure I am getting the "good fats" in my diet such as the fats available in wild salmon. I never miss a weekly deep condition session and I apply a protein treatment every other week. I also moisturize my hair with a water based creme moisturizer followed by applying an oil to seal the moisture inside. I like to use olive oil or Mizani Supreme Oil to seal. As always I sleep in a satin bonnet or on a satin pillow case.
Mz. T says:
February 19, 2012, 1:42 pm
I really think the best tip is protective styling and keeping your hair covered! For most of December I had my hair in twists and always wore a satin bonnet followed by a cute chunky beanie when going out. I've had my hair in yarn braids since January and for the month of March I'm going to put my hair in cornrows while rocking wigs. My aim is to keep my hair covered and protected from the cold as much as possible while remembering to always moisturize because being inside with the heat on is akin to sitting under a hair dryer.
thefabgirls says:
February 19, 2012, 2:05 pm
My best winter hair care tip came after I had my son and my hair was falling out by the handfuls and protective styles saved it! I KEPT my hair (which was relaxed then) in a roller set. Not only did I have a different look each day as the curls got more loose, but the lack of heat did wonders. Natural girls can also wear buns, topknots, braids, etc. I am also going to share this info on my blog for African American tweens and teens,!
Angela says:
February 19, 2012, 4:01 pm
i use leave in conditioner a bit longer in winter, to give my hair extra boost
rachel b. says:
February 19, 2012, 4:30 pm
deep condition weekly and make sure to seal
Shana says:
February 19, 2012, 4:36 pm
In the winter always pre-poo; coconut oil is a great option. Use a leave-in, like cantu shea butter, and for sealing a good mix is raw shea butter, coconut oil and glycerin.
Abigail says:
February 19, 2012, 5:06 pm
Condition with shea,coconut etc,satin bonnet or scarf or pillow ,sealing with shea,protective syles(twist out,bantu knots,braids out,check Youtube for really cute,fab and stunning videos),steaming with olive oil,glycerlin,dil etc,wash with shampoo every other week,Check out for natural product if available.
Pamela Hardy says:
February 19, 2012, 9:02 pm
My best Winter tip is conditioner and updo's. I like to put conditioner on my hair in the morning and then put my hair in an updo to protect the ends. After sealing in with an oil and pinning up I get a great protective style, while conditioning my hair to boot. I try not to do to many out and down styles during the Winter due to the harsh cold weather. Switch your light airy products to heavy moisturizing ones for the Winter.
Lakitha says:
February 19, 2012, 9:44 pm
My tip for the winter is daily conditioning of the hair to maintain a strong moisture balance.. Using a creme hair dress daily is a must for frigid winter musts. The moisture from the creme hair dress should be sealed into the hair by applying an oil agent such as almond oil or pure jojoba oil. This technique employed on a daily basis will prevent split ends and make the hair more manageable. Also reducing heat usage is very helpful during the winter months.
Kathleen Morris says:
February 20, 2012, 12:35 am
My winter hair care is to wash it in a warm water, a little shampoo, then condition it for 5 minutes. After that, I'll put a moisturizer or a little oil to keep it shiny.
Babs says:
February 20, 2012, 7:57 am
I've used the shampoo and conditioner from this line and loved it. Tip: Keep your hair off of your neck so it doesn't rub up against your coats and sweaters.
kimberly keyosha says:
February 20, 2012, 9:22 am
Because of dry brittle hair during winter months, 1 good tip is to put olive oil in your hair overnight to condition it.
Gina Montgomwey says:
February 20, 2012, 9:26 am
My tip is to use a heavier leave in. For second day hair, I also use a little pomade to moisturize and refresh my style
LindaKJ says:
February 20, 2012, 12:50 pm
I guess my main winter hair care routine is being as gentle as I can with my hair while washing/conditioning, using products and styling. After watching a whole bunch of You Tube videos, as well as, reading numerous articles on the subject, I think I am on the right track. Also, paying attention to scalp care is another part of my regimen all while using the best products (for me) that I can find.
sabino says:
February 20, 2012, 1:52 pm
HAIR IS DEAD!!! Sorry to burst everyone's bubble but oils do not penetrate any deeper then the cuticle. Even heat only allows a few particles to penetrate to the cortex, which is the fundamental layer for moisture. Oils do not add moisture because they are water soluble like all hair products (except for one), they breakdown after a couple of hours. Cold and hot dry weather dries them out, humidity dilutes oils, shampoos containing oils is useless, even sulphate free shampoos breakdown oils. Using no poos creates scalp build up and eventual flaking. 99.5% of hair products are hype. Be sure to research the ingredients. Hair only responds to moisture from the tap and air. The only way to lock in moisture is with a non-permeable barrier that protects hair from all heat ranges, abuse, and climate changes. A product that is shampoo soluble not water soluble. Go to Read the articles and watch the videos. Get an edge on what hair and hair products can and cannot do.
Ericka says:
February 20, 2012, 3:15 pm
I got this tip from natural85, a YouTube channel that I follow. It's been the best tip that i've gotten so far. Whenever I leave the house I wear satin bonnet then I put on my l beenie. Some days on wear a shower cap under my satin bonnet then I put on my beenie. The shower cap helps lock in the moisture. I love doing this and my hair seems to be less dry and softer.
Linda says:
February 20, 2012, 7:23 pm
I keep it simple.....moisturize. I spritz my hair with Jane Carter Solution leave-in conditioner then I seal in the moisture with Design Essentials Natural Curl Stretching Cream. Sometimes for extra shine I spray on Carol's Daughter Tui Oil, a little goes a long way. I also wear cute hats in the winter to protect my hair and head from the wind and cold
Patty Dukes says:
February 20, 2012, 9:51 pm
My winter tip is pretty simple, as a Latina we have many of the same issues from Frizzy hair to split ends you name it. So something I like to do is to get a little bottle with a spritz top. You can buy these pretty much anywhere. I fill it up with natural - organic olive oil. I spritz it on my hands and then apply it on my hair especially before bed and then wrap it. Or use during the day when your hair needs a little pick me up. I've also heard coconut oil is good and been thinking about adding some to the olive oil. I just like the olive oil so much by itself. It's wonderful and leaves no lasting smell or residue. Doesn't weigh your hair down or nothing. Keeps your hair nourished and hydrated. Drink plenty of water and don't forget to smile. A happy smile will always melt those winter blues away. Glad I could share my tip! Follow me on twitter @pattydukesnyc =)
Court says:
February 20, 2012, 11:05 pm
Moisture Moisture Moisture! During the winter months(take a guess) your hair needs to stay moisturized. My tip is to cowash and put it in a protective style, however wait until your hair is dry to go outside. I seal with coconut oil and I find that the temperature can freeze the oil in my hair if I go outside too quickly.
Sadia says:
February 21, 2012, 1:29 am
For me personally I put cocoa butter on my hair every 3 days right before I go to sleep and wrap my hair and also make sure I take my vitamins and biotin pill so my hair can get the nutrients Im not giving it due to not eating too healthy.... And also I'm a hijabi meaning I wear a head scarf so it helps that my hair isn't being damaged too much when I am out in the cold
YvetteNichelle says:
February 21, 2012, 5:36 am
Cold, dry winter air can really take a toll on us natural beauties. Product preference flucuates significantly from person to person but I think the most valuable tip that can transcend to everyone is MOISTURE MOISTURE MOISTURE! As often as you need to (for some it can be as often as twice a day!) and through whichever process you prefer. For me its deep conditioning often, sealing my ends always and protective styling frequently i avoid re-moisturizing and over manipulation. The more often you feed your hair (DC, hot oil treatments, sealing your ends, protective styling) the less breakage you will see...and we all want to see our hair flourish! :)
Theresa A. Bundy says:
February 21, 2012, 9:11 am
I've worn my hair natural for the last 10 years and I believe that in the winter, you need to do a hot oil treatment at least once a week. It helps to bring moisture back into your hair and amps up the shine. Living in Chicago it's really important to keep the moisture in because we get lots of wind, even in the winter and it's extremely hard on the hair. I'm excited about Creme of Nature's new line because I hear many good things about argon oil!
Lydia says:
February 21, 2012, 2:24 pm
My winter hair care tip is to switch over to more protective styles during the winter months. I've kept my hair tucked away for the last two months in kinky twists. Looking forward to setting my hair free in March!
Laionda Green says:
February 21, 2012, 6:12 pm
My best hair care tip during the long cold winter months is to add plenty of moisture to your hair. Moisture Moisture Moisture!!! This is the best way to ensure that hair does not become so dry; the cold winds can dry it out so quickly. I make sure that I do not use any type of heat on my hair. Heat would definitely be an additional stress on your hair, making it dry (something that we are trying to avoid). I moisturize my hair and then I seal in the moisture with oil (usually olive oil). During these months I would stress that you should leave your hair in protective styles. I’m currently sporting long Senegalese twists. I sleep with a satin bonnet to avoid cottons and wool because they can dry out your hair. I’ve been natural ever since I was younger and these steps have never failed me : ).
Bridgette says:
February 21, 2012, 10:57 pm
My best winter hair care tip is to protect your hair from fabrics. We often remember to moisturize and condition but then let our hair rub all over wool coats and hats. Scarves can also cause quite a bit of hair trouble. I try to buy satin lined hats or keep my hair up and away from the coat collars.
Jean says:
February 22, 2012, 2:58 am
Right now, I've been using some coconut oil on my hair, leaving it in for about 10 minutes, then washing it out with moisturizing shampoo and following up with a deep conditioner. I rinse after 5 minutes, then dry and style as usual. I finish with more coconut oil on my ends and organic hair oil from Intelligent Nutrients for my hair and scalp. :)
LaLa says:
February 22, 2012, 6:30 am
My best winter hair tips! Drinking water, water, and more water!! Oh, did I say Water?!?! LOL...Drinking water moisturizes my hair from the inside OUT...and of course sealing my ends and sleeping in my satin bonnet. I also do weekly washes/cowashes and finish up with the LOC Method (Liquid, Oil, Cream and/or Styling Product). This guarantees moisture, body and shine!
SearcyMo says:
February 22, 2012, 9:04 am
My winter hair tip suggestion is to tuck your ends and moisturize your hair at night once you're home and inside. Not the time of year for wash-n-go's unless you live in Cali. This time of year I style your hair in buns and two-strand twists. Wear protective styles that you don't have do too much for a week or two.
Stesha says:
February 22, 2012, 9:42 am
My best winter hair care tip is to drink plenty of water. It will reflect in your nails, skin, and hair. Hugs and Mocha, Stesha
Siobhan says:
February 22, 2012, 11:05 am
My best hair care tips I always deep condition and add oils to my DC and leave in for up to an hour. Henna treatments are good too. I am also into protective styles and cute hats are a must (especially if you are in the Midwest) but make sure you cover your hair with a satin wrap/bonnet before you put on your hat.
karen says:
February 22, 2012, 12:21 pm
my best haircare tip: a super moisturizing conditioner, a baggie, and a hat. stick your conditioner-covered hair under the baggie and hide it all under your hat then go through your day secretly nourishing your hair.
TraceyHP says:
February 22, 2012, 12:46 pm
I'm finally learning to really take care of my hair and loving experimenting. I just started a Castor Oil challenge and boy does my hair LOVE IT. My best haircare tip is to listen to or pay attention to what works best for your hair then stick with it. Applying the castor oil to my scalp and hair in addition to a little coconut oil on the ends has given me so much moisture this winter. I'm excited to be on this journey of LOVING and Listening to my hair!
Indi says:
February 22, 2012, 5:41 pm
Not having a consistent curl pattern you say? If I don't deep condition every other week, my hair won't even move lol! The winter is so harsh! Anyway my tip is to use a castor oil and jojoba oil concoction with your favorite leave- in conditioner to protect your beautiful hair :)
Indi says:
February 22, 2012, 5:43 pm
Oh sorry about the link. My iPod is acting weird and putting links on everything.
Nika says:
February 23, 2012, 1:19 am
As a natural who color, I have to keep a keen eye on my hair to ensure it's properly moisturized. In the warmer months, water does the trick with frequent wash and "gos." In the winter months when the wash and gos become less frequents (gotta prevent icicles and head colds ;), I seal moisturize and then seal my hair with Jamaican castor oil. My hair loves this oil. It's thick and really seals in any moisturizer I put in my hair. It's really great in the cold winter months.
Susan Montague says:
February 23, 2012, 6:32 am
I wash my hair with Pantene for women of color shampoo and then use the Pantene women of color conditioner, rinse that out and blot dry. I rub a dab of Ultra Sheen (blue) oil in my hands and smooth through my hair with a little extra directly rubbed on my scalp. I end with a dollup of Aveda Be Curly, curl enhancer. I use my hands to style my hair and fluff it into a curly bob and air dry at home before I leave the house (about 30 minutes). You can't leave home with a wet head in the winter. I wash my hair every other day in the winter.
Felecia Brown says:
February 23, 2012, 9:48 am
Since I live in the "Dirty" South...we don't have as harsh of winters as most Northern states. I just continue to do what I do year round, but kick it up a notch in the moisterizing and deep conditioning area during the times when we get below 70
BK says:
February 23, 2012, 10:49 am
Prior to having a baby my best tip to provide would be to moisturize & seal nightly and deep condition regularly during the winter months.. Now 6 mos postpartum my hair is doing it's on thing and what USED to work isn't so I'm on the hunt for something new and I'm trying almost anything!!! Would love to try this.. I've seen it in the store and I haven't picked it up yet.. but I will check out that Intensive Conditioning Treatment for sure!
Rae says:
February 23, 2012, 11:18 am
This is THE FIRST WINTER ever that my hair is soft and lovely every single day...and I've been natural for 3 years!!! I live in NYC, so the winter weather and wind can leave my hair feeling thirsty! I've actually been deep conditioning my hair twice per week for 15 minutes during the winter months. The first is on Sunday, after I wash and detangle my hair. Since I was experiencing some breakage during the fall, I began to use Carol's Daughter's Monoi collection... you ladies don't need me to tell you how amazing that stuff is!! So, I deep condition with the Monoi Repairing Mask on Sunday. On Wednesday or Thursday, I will again deep condition with any moisturizing deep conditioner I feel like using and add castor oil, EVOO, and some coconut oil. I hope this helps :)
Ayana says:
February 23, 2012, 11:57 am
Mini Twists, Mini Twists and more Mini Twists. While they are time consuming to put in they are a LIFE SAVER. I keep mine in for a least three weeks at a time (Four if my hair is "acting right"). With this style I cut down on manipulation, but am able to keep the versatility I love so much about my natural hair. I can do SOOO many styles with these twist in and another added bonus that my hair grows like weeds while in this protective style. It's low maintenance (I just moisturize at night and put on a bonnet and shake and go in the morning), it stands up to the elements and did I mention it allows for CUTE styling ideas. I don't know what I would do without my mini twists!!!!
Tamara says:
February 23, 2012, 12:49 pm
I do wash and go's year round so I must keep my hair moisturized and for this I use an oil based deep conditioner applied at night. Often I braid my hair in large sections and then appy my satin bonnet for sleeping. I use a moisturizing conditioner in the morning to co-wash and a cream based leave-in and styler with just a small amount of all natural gel. After I diffuse dry I finish my style with a touch of pommaide that further seals and protects against moisture loss throughout my work day. I always use a satin liner when I wear a hat which I have to wear when I walk my dogs in the cold. I never miss an opportunity to deep condition like when I'm doing housework on the weekend or when I go for a run in the park. I apply conditioner before I leave, pop on a cap, and let my body heat do the rest!
Kay says:
February 25, 2012, 2:40 pm
I usually put my hair in braids and moisturize my braids and scalp with coconut oil.
VMM says:
February 26, 2012, 7:46 pm
While I live in California in the Winter I make sure to use my leave in Fermodal for a little extra protection
Cheryl says:
February 26, 2012, 8:50 pm
I seal my ends with olive oil. And I run a humidifier at night to reduce the damage of the heat from the furnace.
Cebrina Sanders says:
February 27, 2012, 1:52 am
The winter weather in Houston, Texas is unpredictable, we may have a degree day with normal winds and then the next day it's 70 degrees and windy. I make sure that I maintain my regimine through the winter motnhs by sealing my hair with a mixture of oils such as Ayurvedic amla bharaji oils, I add jojoba, Jamaican black castor oil, Monoli oil and my favorite is a drop or two of eucalytus oil, I shake it and put a little in my hand,wrap my hair, seal my ends, then I use a satin vitamin infused wrap cap on my hair then place a satin cap on top of that and sleep on a pillow covered with a satin pillowcase. I can truly say that there isn't any breakage and my hair smells fantastic.
Jessica Cauvin says:
February 27, 2012, 7:36 pm
My best winter hairdo is mini twist. up-do, night in the club, going out with friends, or just a laid back day, and I can do anything with them in this protective style. I keep it moisturized with deep conditioning treatments and oils. I don't play in it all day long and let it be. It's been the difference between dry hair and luscious, healthy hair.
IAmLemondrop says:
February 29, 2012, 2:11 pm
My tip is water. It gets easier to forget about staying hydrated when it gets colder which is why its so much more important, especially when we all spend much more time indoors with drying heating. Its easy to see when your skin dries out because of the environment but its easy to forget about your hair doing the same thing.
simmonie says:
March 1, 2012, 12:58 pm
Hemp oil is the perfect answer to my winter hair woes. The oil is rich in essential fatty acids, along with vitamins and protein. It conditions my hair and scalp. It has vitamin E, along with a high essential fatty acid content. Fatty acids provide emollient action, meaning they prevent water loss and have a softening effect. The oil is also a natural moisturizer that boosts scalp health, and protects against moisture loss. Keeping the scalp healthy can help prevent dry scalp and minimize irritation. Hemp oil is especially good to use in the winter, when the outdoor air is cold and indoor heating systems are cranked up, because both of these factors dry out your hair and skin. There is also a nutritional value because hemp oil contains omega-3 fatty acids, omega-6 fatty acids and omega-9 fatty acids.Consuming such polyunsaturated fatty acids stimulates hair and skin growth. Hemp oil also has gamma linolenic acid, which is good for combating hair dryness. It can be used as you would use olive oil or flaxseed oil in dips and salad dressings. The quality protein in hemp oil improves the feel and appearance of your hair. Your hair is 97 percent protein. Hemp oil is 25 percent protein. Protein improves the condition of your hair, especially when it has been damaged. In addition to strengthening the hair, protein has emollient and water-binding properties that boost hair health I love it and refuse to do without it. I highly recommend it. I use the Nutiva Organic Hemp Oil.