Winter is well under way for dozens of states across the U.S. and, if you’re lucky (or unlucky, however you feel) enough to be in one of them, you’ve already experienced a barrage of snowflakes morning, noon and night. But who doesn’t love winter?! Snow angels, snowball fights, building snowmen in the front yard, and hot cocoa greeting you after all of that fun are only some of what make the chilly season a fun one. Less fun? Extra long commutes to work, the common cold times 30, and natural hair with the texture of straw.
Despite snow being water, it’s far from hydrating for natural hair. Harsh air and subzero temperatures zap away the natural oils and moisture from a head of natural hair, and without the proper hair products, curls are subject to easy breakage. Thanks to the following hair butters, masques and creams from brands like Carols Daughter, Shea Moisture, and many others, your crown will be soft, smooth and well hydrated well into spring.
Not only will your winter wind-blown curls remain manageable during styling, but your hair retain shine and moisture all throughout the day.
If the promise of intensive hydration isn’t enough to get you to try out this award-winning masque, maybe the added african rock fig (which contains vitamin C for vibrancy), mafura oil (which contains beneficial oleic acid to replenish stripped oils) and manuka honey (creates a moisturizing barrier) will change your mind.
Bomb twist outs are instantaneous after one use of this curling cream, but the thicker consistency and non-greasy feel make it a perfect aid in battling wintertime dryness.
Splurging on this high end masque is a no-brainer with its mix of keratin (just enough to smooth frizz and not kill your curls) and hydrolyzed elastin to stretch hair and keep it soft.
This twisting butter is a cocktail of honey, almond milk, pumpkin seed oil, macadamia oil and olive oil topped off with blend of aloe and green tea extract; need we say more?
This hair milk, packed with powerful, organic ingredients like avocado and jojoba oil, is a favorite among naturalistas in providing moisture to dry hair. It also includes yarrow extract for dry, inflamed scalps.
Another treat from Carols Daughter, this pomade softens and strengthens with shea butter, nettles and sage leaves while contributing to vivacious curls. A light, sweet smelling formula, it’ll also condition hair and control frizz; you’ll be able to serve looks immediately after ditching your winter hat.
The emphasis is on “heavy cream” for this moisturizer perfect for tightly coiled curls. Containing castor oil, olive oil and a bevy of various aloes, this cream reduces breakage and nourishes dry scalps in addition to treating thirsty locks.