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How To Keep Relaxed Hair Moisturized In The Winter

Despite living in the South for the majority of my life (and all of my adult life) I have experienced several winters. Some of the winters have been mild, some cold, and some with precipitation (AKA snow). No matter how cold it gets each winter I always notice the negative effect it has on my relaxed hair.

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In the winter I tend to find it's harder to keep my hair moisturized for more than a couple of days without using a lot of product. I also see more breakage which makes it harder for me to retain any length I gained during the warmer months.

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After some trial and error, I've come up with six things I try to incorporate into my regimen during the winter to help add and retain moisture in my relaxed hair. I've found when I consistently do these things my hair stays moisturized longer, I use less product, and don't have to wash my hair every week.

1. Co-wash more and shampoo less

I love to co-wash and tend to do it when my hair starts feeling really dry. This way I'm able to cleanse my hair without stripping it of moisture and nutrients. I use a co-wash like Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea CoWash or a cleansing cream, but you can also co-wash with a regular rinse-out conditioner.

2. Deep condition weekly

Deep conditioning is a must if you're trying to keep your hair moisturized. This helps add back the moisture that may have been lost in cleansing. I use a moisture based deep conditioner like Eden BodyWorks Jojoba Monoi Deep Conditioner that I leave on for at least 30 minutes. If you don't wash your hair weekly, you can deep condition it every time you wash.

3. Avoid heat

Blow drying your hair and using heat styling tools can dry your hair. Our hair already tends to be on the dry side in the winter, so when you use heat styling tools in the winter you're robbing your hair of its last bit of moisture.

In the winter I like to try other styling alternatives like Caruso Steam Rollers, braid outs, or satin pillow rollers. All of these methods help me achieve wavy or curly styles without the damaging heat.

4. Moisturize and seal regularly

The dryer the air is the dryer my hair. So I'll moisturize and seal close to every day in the wintertime. While I may do it every day, your hair may not need it every day. I've found it's best to moisturize and seal your hair only as needed.

5. Seal with a heavier oil

When I use a sealant I prefer to use a natural oil. Coconut oil is a favorite of mine, but it's not a good oil to use in the winter because it gets solid when its temperature gets under 76 degrees. I've also heard of it solidifying when it's on people's hair and making their hair feel hard and stiff. Definitely not the feeling I'm going for.

So I switch to using natural oils that work better in the winter. This tends to be heavier oils like Jamaican Black Castor Oil which I use on my scalp and sunflower oil which I use on my hair. No matter what oil I use I do have to watch that I'm not heavy-handed with it so I don't weigh my hair down with it. 

6. Wear protective styles

Protective styles are any styles that protect your hair, particularly your ends. This can be wearing buns, braids, or weaves. I've found when I wear protective styles regularly and combine that with regular moisturizing and sealing my hair always feels great instead of dry.

How do you keep your hair moisturized in the winter?
Keep your hair moisturized and avoid winter weather dry out by taking precautionary steps and using products that help keep relaxed and natural hair moisturized. |

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  1. i LOVE the presentation of this post. I am now natural though, I have given up on maintaining relaxed hair since last year! Especially as I don't wear my natural hair out always I found it a waste!

    1. Thank you. I've heard that from other relaxed ladies who went natural. Several of these tips can also be used for natural hair so you may be able to incorporate some of them in your natural hair regimen. Thanks for reading!

  2. Great tips! I use several of these in my hair routine already. I need to start moisturing and sealing more thought.


    1. Thanks Keoshia! I feel like the moisturizing and sealing is where I tend to fall off as well.

  3. I love info graphics, and this one is really nice. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks Nerline. I'm glad you liked it. Thanks for reading

  4. Hi five for sealing and protective styles! It's the only way I can keep my hair on my head in the winter!

    KLP @

    1. Totally agree! I wish I had known about sealing and protective styles back in the day. My hair would have been in much better shape back then.

      Thanks for reading.

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