The winter season is all about cozy sweaters, hot cocoa, and unfortunately, frizzy hair. The combination of dry, cold air and indoor heating can wreak havoc on your locks. Luckily, we’re here to help. We’ve made a list of the best natural hair care in winter that will not only help you reduce frizz, but also maintain gorgeous hair all winter long. There’s no need for synthetic hair care ingredients when nature already has everything your hair needs.
Hydration is crucial for combating frizz during winter. That’s why it’s so important to choose a natural, hydrating conditioner that infuses moisture into your strands. Consider weekly deep conditioning treatments using ingredients like coconut oil, shea butter, or aloe vera. These natural humectants lock in moisture, keeping your hair smooth and frizz-free. You can either buy from reputable, vegan-friendly brands, or even make your own conditioner with aloe vera and natural oils.
Gentle, Moisturizing Cleansing
Most people suffer from dry, sensitive, and flaky scalps during the winter months. That’s why it’s so important to choose sulfate-free, moisturizing shampoos to cleanse your hair without stripping away its natural oils. Look for shampoos containing ingredients like argan oil, aloe vera, or glycerin. These components effectively cleanse while maintaining your hair’s moisture balance. If you’re washing your hair daily, or even every second day, make sure to keep your ends protected with coconut oil.
Harness the Power of Natural Oils
Natural oils act as a shield against winter frizz. After washing your hair, apply a few drops of argan oil, jojoba oil, or avocado oil to damp strands. These oils penetrate the hair shaft, sealing in moisture and providing a healthy shine without weighing down your hair. Because they are so light, they are suitable even for people with fine or thin hair types. However, if your hair is more on the coarse side, you can also opt for a heavier oil such as coconut or olive. But remember — less is more when it comes to hair oil.
Minimize Heat Styling
Excessive heat styling can exacerbate frizz during winter. So if you can, switch to heatless styling methods or air-dry your hair instead. Reserve the use of blow dryers and straighteners for special occasions to reduce exposure to damaging heat. And if you really have to use heat on your hair, make sure to apply a good heat-protecting spray beforehand. Never use it more than two to three times a week.
Upgrade Your Pillowcases
Swap out your cotton pillowcases for satin or faux silk ones. Of course, we would never suggest actual silk as that’s not a vegan option, so just keep that in mind. Either way, these two materials create less friction against your hair while you sleep, preventing tangles and reducing frizz and breakage. Additionally, these pillowcases help your hair retain its natural oils, keeping it smoother and less prone to frizz. And because they aren’t made from actual silk, they are not only a lot less expensive, but also completely cruelty-free.