With freezing temperatures and blustery winds outside along with dry heat inside, your hair and scalp take a beating during the winter, just like your skin does.
Changing your hair care routine according to the weather and environmental factors is essential.
Here are my tips to have gorgeous and hydrated curls all winter long.
- Cypriano, Ouidad New York Flagship Senior Colorist & Stylist
1. Cleanse using the correct product for your hair type.
The winter months often wreak havoc on textured hair. Especially in areas where the climate can be extremely dry, the lack of humidity can cause major problems to the scalp as well as affect curl behavior. To ensure you are cleansing while infusing your hair with the moisture it needs, we recommend using an ultra-nourishing, sulfate-free shampoo like our Curl Recovery Cleansing Oil. Don’t let the word oil fool you. This advanced formula is lightweight and foaming, creating a lavish sensorial sudsy affair in your shower and leaving your hair cleansed, soft, and silky. Generally it isn’t necessary to shampoo daily. Your curl pattern should dictate how often you should shampoo.
Loose: 2-3 times per week
Curly/Tight: 1-2 times per week
Kinky: 1 time per week
2. Exfoliate: Your scalp is key in allowing your follicles to breath!
A Healthy Scalp = Healthy Hair Growth
In the winter, indoor heat can excessively dry out your scalp. To clear your follicles of dry skin particles, you need to exfoliate. Our Mediterranean Bay Leaf Treatment – created in the Ouidad New York Flagship Salon – gives you professional-level results at home. Here is what you need to do. After you have shampooed your hair, section and apply the Mediterranean Bay Leaf to your entire scalp. Gently massage the product into your scalp for a couple of minutes, using circular motion to stimulate the follicles. Alpha-Hydroxyl Acids gently break up product build up while the crushed bamboo sweeps it away. The Mediterranean Bay Leaf Oil leaves the scalp refreshed and purified. Make sure to rinse thoroughly and followed with conditioner.
3. Condition and Use a Hydrating Primer.
It’s even more important to use a conditioner post-shampoo during the winter months! If you have to wet your hair daily (as some of us need to), an alternative to this routine could be the use of Ouidad Curl Co-Wash in-between shampooing. One of the most important steps, is to equip yourself with a hydrating and nourishing leave-in treatment. Ouidad Curl Recovery Whipped Curls Daily Conditioner & Styling Primer is an excellent choice here as it doubles as a daily conditioner and leave-in primer. Its unique formula of triple olive oil blend and shea butter packs a punch of hydration that will leave hair soft, smooth and hydrated all day long.
4. Apply a mask/deep conditioning treatment.
For stronger, shinier and healthier curls, our Curl Recovery Melt-Down Mask is your new best friend! This wonderful treatment envelopes the hair shaft with concentrated fatty acids, vital to rebuilding, nourishing and protecting hair. Shampoo hair first and then simply apply a generous amount of the Mask. Cover hair with a shower cap or towel and let the mask do the work for you. It’s self-heating action delivers essential lipids to stressed and dehydrated tresses, leaving hair feeling soft, silky and shiny. Immediate results can be achieved in under 10 minutes. For ultimate results, incorporate this into your winter care regimen two times per week.