6. When the colder air hits, your hair might not be the only thing feeling it. Your scalp may as well.

I naturally have a dry scalp, but my scalp is even drier in the wintertime which can result in white flakes that are extremely visible against my dark brown hair (sigh).

To help with this I apply Jamaican Black Castor Oil to my scalp. It helps to keep the dryness and flakes away.

Other ways Jamaican Black Castor Oil can be used on your hair in the wintertime is a sealant on your ends and in a hot oil treatment which is also great for hydrating your scalp and hair.

7. When your hair starts feeling dry in the winter you may notice that it starts at the ends of your strands which makes sense because they’re the oldest part of your hair. This can leave your ends more vulnerable to breakage and splitting.

To help with that I like to apply a natural oil to my ends to help seal in the moisture from my leave-in conditioner. While I do this all year round, I like to use a heavier oil in the winter than I do during the warmer months.

One of my winter oils of choice is sunflower oil. This oil is thick, but not so thick that my hair feels greasy and like an oil slick after applying.

Sunflower oil also has an abundance of minerals such as calcium, zinc, and iron; omega fatty acids; and vitamins A, D, K, and E. All of this makes my hair soft, shiny, and more manageable by reducing dryness and frizziness.

Plus sunflower oil contains ceramides a fatty lipid that’s essentially the glue holding the hair cuticle together.

In addition to using it as a sealing oil, I can use sunflower oil in hot oil treatments and as an enhancer for my deep conditioner.

10 Hair Products You Need This Winter | arelaxedgal.com

8. Winter clothing can be really harsh on your hair. The materials that most scarves and sweaters are made of tend to pull moisture from hair strands, cause split ends, and even break hair strands with the constant rubbing.

I’ve found that knotted hair ties can be very useful to keep my hair up and off of my clothes. With them, I style my hair in high ponytails and even buns.

Because these hair ties are knotted at the ends, my hair doesn’t get stuck and tangled up in them like the ponytail holders with the ends glued together.

9. A great way to baby your hair in the wintertime is to not use flat irons or curling irons on it. The heat from them can damage your hair. And with constant use, they can damage your hair to the point of no return. I just cringe thinking about it.

As a result, I try to avoid heat styling tools like the plague. Especially in the wintertime though that’s not an easy task. In the winter there are several holiday parties and events that I attend and want to style my hair for. Many times I want to wear my hair down in a curly or wavy type of style.

To get my desired curls or waves I pull out my Caruso Steam Rollers. I’ve been using steam rollers since I was in middle or high school and I love how easy they are to use. Plus, my hair never feels dry, damaged, or fried. Instead, my hair tends to feel soft, the curls have bounce and my hair looks shiny.

10. Taking care of your hair doesn’t stop when you get in bed. Nope. You even need to protect your hair at night. That can be done with a satin cap or scarf.

While I wear a satin cap or scarf all year round, I take extra care to wear one during the winter. In fact, if I’m home for long periods of time during the winter many times I’m wearing a satin cap or scarf.

Keeping my hair covered with satin protects my hair from dry air and from rubbing on my clothes. This is another way I avoid my hair drying out and split ends.

While I’ve been using satin caps and scarves from the beauty supply store, I’m going to be trying the SLAP Cap by Grace Eleyae this winter because they are lined with real satin and don’t look like nightcaps, but true stylish caps that can wear out and at home without looking silly.

What hair products do you like to use on your hair in the winter?

10 products to keep your hair healthy in the winter | via @arelaxedgal

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