We Ask a Stylist: What Are the Best Ways to Care for Natural Hair During the Winter?

Just as you might double-down on moisturizing your skin in the winter, you should do the same for your hair. “As a rule of thumb, keeping your hair moisturized will keep it healthy year-round, but it's especially important in the winter, when the weather is colder and drier,” says Annagjid "Kee" Taylor, a celebrity hairstylist and author of All Hair Is Good Hair.

Ahead, she shares her top four tips for keeping your curls at their smoothest and springiest all season long.

1. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Again, the number one thing you can do to protect your hair during the colder months is to make sure it's properly moisturized. Taylor recommends using a mask, a scalp product, and a leave-in conditioner of some sort regularly. (Fear not, we’ve included her go-to picks for each below.)

2. Avoid rough fabrics. “One of the most common things I see with my clients in the winter is a huge amount of breakage along the backs on their heads. This is because many of the fabrics for winter clothes like scarves, hats, hoodies and sweaters tend to pull on the strands and cause them to break off, particularly at the nape of the neck. (The worst offender? Wool.) I'd recommend you avoid wool and other rougher fabrics altogether, but if you can't, wrap your hair in a silk or satin scarf so you've have a protective barrier between your curls and your clothes,” suggests Taylor.

3. Sleep on silk. Silk pillowcases have a smooth surface, so they won't cause any friction or strip extra moisture from your hair as you sleep. Instead, your strands will glide over your pillow, no matter how much you toss and turn. (Silk feels pretty darn nice against your face as well).

4. Keep your ends trimmed. If your ends are already damaged and dried out, the cold winter air is only going to make things worse. If you're not able to see your stylist or if you're maintaining social distancing this winter, you can learn to trim your own ends at home—really. Taylor walks you through all of the steps in the video below.

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Jenny Jin is PureWow’s Beauty Director and is currently based in Los Angeles. Since beginning her journalism career at Real Simple magazine, she has become a human encyclopedia of...