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Reader Question: Alternatives to wet styling in the winter time?

Avatar • Dec 1, 2010

Reader Jana (pictured above) says;

I had a question in regards to regimen. I believe I have caught a cold and the majority of my styling (mainly twistouts) require me to wet or dampen my hair. Being that it is now cold outside and I’m under the weather, I don’t want to wet my hair. What are some styles that I can wear that don’t require wetting?

Alright ladies; If you’re prone to a lot of wet styling in the warmer months, how do you transition your regimen in the cold winter months? Generally speaking, what are some good winter styles?

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trell
trell
9 years ago

I wear my hair in a ponytail. I wet the ponytail and not my scalp. If you dont want to wear it in a ponytail try braiding to a mohawk or simple cornrows (protective styling).

LaNeshe
9 years ago

Rather than soaking my hair I’ll spritz it with a water/oil combo, or just let the shower mist dampen it a bit. Then I’ll use a water based moisturizer and seal with shea butter. If I do that first thing by the time I get ready, have breakfast and leave the house my hair isn’t wet, but it’s moisturized.

vonnie
9 years ago

dry twists/twist outs are nice, they are usually full and fluffy. pin back hair, pin up sides for a fro-hawk, get extensions/braids (not tight!) to let your hair just be for the winter, use wigs. My regimen is to wash/deep condition my hair, put into twists that I wear for a week or so, then twist out for about 5 days…repeat…the only time my hair is wet is with the initial wash and i do that on a day when I can be at home and lazy around doing my hair. good luck and don’t catch colds!

Vonnie
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Anonymous
Anonymous
9 years ago

On wash day, I air-dry overnight in braids and style the braid-out into an updo with bobby pins.

I mostly wear a ‘Cinnabun’ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GP8FdTTsSk4&feature=related) or a ‘Roll and Tuck Frohawk’ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izwn_mBXFOg).

BTW, your fro is super cute! ^_^

BrownSugahChild
9 years ago

In the summertime i wash my hair just about every other day, in the winter i wash every two weeks,my hair is kept in protective styles such as flat twist, kinky twist, weaves or wigs. The winter is the time I let my hair “hibernate” lol!!!!

Keisha
Keisha
9 years ago

My hair is always dry by morning. So if I do wet my hair on a day other than wash day, it’s at night and I twist or braid out.

Talia
9 years ago

You can also try nubian (or bantu) knots. A somewhat simple style that consists of several individual coils wrapped unto themselves. To achieve this look, you can:

1) Section off your hair (width is dependent on your preference) and in each section, two strand or comb twist your hair.

2) Wrap each twist around itself until it forms a ball.

3) Tuck twists under themselves or wrap a small rubber-band around each coil to prevent them from unravelling (I prefer the former, as rubber-bands tend to break off hair upon removal).

Hope that helps.

Shay
Shay
9 years ago

individual mini twist or braids. If you go on youtube there are tons up vids of people that have this style.it does take a very long time to do. Mine usually take 5hrs+ but you can keep the style for 2 weeks or more. KinkyKurlyQueen has a vid out now where she shows you all the styles that you can wear with the mini ‑twist.

Bitty Boss
9 years ago

I agree with those that mentioned dry braid/twist outs. Wear it out day 1. Days 2, 3, 4, and 5, you can experiment with various updos and buns.

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b.
b.
9 years ago

I agree w/ vonnie about the twists/twist-out combo. I also dampen my ends and finger detangle/fluff without wetting my entire head if my hair is out and loose. If for some reason you do have to wash your hair in the morning, use a microtowel to blot a lot of the water out. That cuts down a lot of drying time.

b.
b.
9 years ago

Oh yes, I also meant to tell you…

Your hair is so super cute in the photo! It looks a lot like mine. I love your style.

Jana
9 years ago

Thank you guys so much! This is very helpful. Thanks for the compliment @ b

Jada07
Jada07
9 years ago

I have gotten on the kick of dry twists outs and I absolutely love them. I wet my hands and rub each small section of dry hair, then add product and twist. Let set overnight and unravel in the morning. The result is beautiful, fluffy, stretched but still defined hair.

honeybrown1976
honeybrown1976
9 years ago

I air dry the night before. I live in Southern CA; so, sometimes I can get away with wet styling during the day.

MikaMe
MikaMe
9 years ago

I was never a wet n go type cause i can catch a cold whenever. DMV weather is funny however for this being my first winter with my natty hair, i’ve noticed that my scalp is dryer than normal. For protective styling i think weaves should be my way out and mohawky type styles. I always suggest wetting ur hair in the evening before bed would be better to prevent colds and flus…

Rosie
Rosie
9 years ago

I would love to see these protective styles everyone wears (most of the style icons have twist outs or wash and gos)! I’ve been trying to wear protective styles this fall but besides finally being able to wear a hat, I see no benefit. I’ve mostly been putting my hair in small twist which makes me feel a young and a little bummy. So I started doing french braids which look nice but I still have to do them over every 2 days because its gets frizzy even when I wear a scarf. With all the manipulation I don’t see… Read more »

sarah
sarah
9 years ago

i still do wash and gos, but i use butters/creams instead of gels. since i use a diffuser, i never leave the house with wet hair.

anonda
anonda
9 years ago

I style only on wash day (once a week) and if you don’t mind a little heat a hood dryer will save your life when you don’t want to sleep on wet hair. If I try go two weeks then I will bun the second week.

b.
b.
9 years ago

Good call, Jada07! I started doing that too sometimes.

And you’re so welcome, Jana. 😀

MIKALA
MIKALA
9 years ago

I LOVE YOUR HAIR..OUR HAIR LOOKS SO SIMILAR!! DRY TWIST OUTS SEEM TO THRIVE ON THE HAIR TYPE WE BOTH SEEM TO HAVE. YES TO CUCUMBERS AND AUSSIE MOIST AND A COMBINATION OF ESSENTIAL OILS WILL KEEP YOUR HAIR MOISTURIZED IN BETWEEN YOUR WEEKLY WASHES OR CO WASHES!! STAY HEALTHY 🙂

frosho
frosho
9 years ago

Thanks for asking this question, Jana! I was wondering the same thing. My hair is too long for the twist out to be as cute as it was after my chop, but it’s not long enough for a ponytail. I have tried putting the top in a ponytail and the bottom “down” but that doesn’t look professional so I was wondering how I will survive the winter! Will hit up YouTube for some ideas. Thanks ladies!

Zavi
9 years ago

Hi all, great suggestions, but FYI going outside with wet hair DOES NOT cause colds, or any other virus based illnesses, something else is making you sick.
http://health.msn.com/health-topics/cold-and-flu/articlepage.aspx?cp-documentid=100231689

Perkisha
Perkisha
9 years ago

I have been doing twists/twistouts and braidouts, and I did tiny little box braids all last winter. When it gets colder I“ll likely go back to that style (I was styling them just like my loose hair, with Bantu knots, braid outs, updos, etc. They were so versatile and my hair grew lots!) But I recently tried a style I had been hearing about, but had never done. I was missing the look of my wash and go’s since the weather had gotten colder, so I “shingled/rake and combed” gel through my hair when it was totally dry (I had… Read more »

anonda
anonda
9 years ago

Agreed Zavi BUT we lose a lot of heat through the head. Body temperature plays a role in immunity. Plus I find wet hair just makes you feel icky when you are sick 🙂

Monisola
Monisola
9 years ago

Wet Styling, wash n’goes, etc leave my haira dry wreck! I don’t know why…I can not explain it (CAN SOMEONE HELP ME OUT??), but I can not leave the house with wet hair and have it stay moisturized. Just plain water/ water saturated hair does nothing for my hair. It evaporates and leaves my hair drier than before. I just use my water based spritz and seal…this keeps my hair soft. Even when I seal and use butters and water based moisturizers on wet hair, my hair ends up really dry. For some reason very wet hair leads to super… Read more »

Adriii
Adriii
9 years ago

@Zavi: Everytime I’ve gone outside with my hair wet on a sub 50 degree day, I’ve gotten a cold. I feel the “wet hair doesn’t cause colds the cold virus does” argument is analogous to “having unprotected sex with someone who’s HIV positive doesn’t cause you to get HIV, it’s the virus.” No one would argue the second point, I suspect. Yes, the wet hair in cold weather isn’t an infecting organism, but the action makes many people more succeptable to getting infected (i.e. risk factor). As anonda said, it lowers your body temp which compromises immunity. Basically, that argument is… Read more »

ReniseB
9 years ago

Thank you, Zavi! I was just about to post that. Having wet hair in the cold can be uncomfortable but germs and viruses are what make you sick. I would suggest dry styling or using a diffuser to dry the hair before heading out into the cold.

anonda
anonda
9 years ago

@ Adrii My mom (a nurse) warned me about going out with wet hair, but being a bio major I though she was so old school and should know better colds and flus were caused by viruses…and ofcourse I got sick as a dog every time. 🙂

It’s like if you don’t eat right. Nutrition status impacts immunity, but yes the virus is still going to be the “cause” of the cold or flu.

Kitty
9 years ago

Anybody have suggestions for TWAs? I have about 3 in of hair and I still mist my hair and use hair creme to style in the winter. If its really cold, I throw on a headwrap or a hat. But that doesn’t always work for cetain situations. My hair (fine? 3c/4a multiracial) always is easier to style when misted by the shower or a conditioner spritz followed by a little hair creme. I try to do this ahead of time so it can mostly dry. But what’s a girl with a TWA like that to do when it starts snowing?… Read more »

Akilah
Akilah
9 years ago

I have come up with just wearing a puff on days when I couldn’t do a twists or wet my hair at night. I went out with my hair wet a week ago, and I’m still fighting a cold.

Dee on team stretched
9 years ago

BRAIDS EXTENSIONS, they last at least 2 months at a time so it works well for me.

Jana
9 years ago

that’s exactly what happened to me. I washed my hair and went out on a cold night before it was completely dry. Girl, standing outside the comedy club trying to look cute…Smh.

LBell
LBell
9 years ago

Cold air on wet hair/scalp does not cause colds, flu, pneumonia, etc. Glad someone beat me to it.

@Kitty: If you don’t already have a microfiber towel, get one. Leave it on for at least 15 minutes or until your hair is mostly dry, THEN apply your hair cream (probably a smaller amount than usual). Do this early enough in the morning and you should be fine…and if your hair is still a little damp, a little cold air isn’t going to hurt it (or you; see above).

C.
C.
9 years ago

Adriii: no offense, but you are wrong. The common cold is a virus transmitted via the respiratory tract. It is not caused by cold weather and it has nothing to do with getting your hair wet. It is a completely different entity from HIV and your comparison of the transmission of the Rhinovirus (the virus that causes a “cold”) and HIV is silly. Since you were running track with other people, someone probably had a cold and you were infected (via your respiratory tract) while in close contact with them. The only way to protect yourself from a cold is to breathe… Read more »

anonymous
anonymous
9 years ago

C I think you missed the point of what Adrii and others were trying to convey. No one is denying viruses cause cold and flus. Adrii’s point was about susceptibilty NOT transmission. Those are not the same construct. Everyone that is exposed does not become infected- immunity protects. Her metaphor was actually very appropriate. Body temperature MAY effect immune response. There are conflicting studies in both humans and animal models, but it’s plausible considering that’s why we get fevers. Immunocompetence has many factors, so it’s a bit presumptuous to call people “silly” if they notice that their particular system is… Read more »

anonymous
anonymous
9 years ago

Also, shallow, prolonged mouth breathing is not very healthy either.
I’d rather just take my sick days.

Jana
9 years ago

Maybe I should offer a bit of clarity. My intentions were not to spark a debate about how colds are transmitted, I only wanted style suggestions while having a cold. My immune system is compromised anyway due to stress, a lack of proper rest as well as a unhealthy life style in general. I’ve had a rough year between taking care of my ill mother and uncle up until their deaths, which were a week a part. I planned both funerals, graduated from college and moved so my cold was inevitable. With that, walking outside with a wet head didn’t… Read more »

PinkGirlFluff
PinkGirlFluff
9 years ago

My hair isn’t long enough yet to do this but I have a potential style idea that might work with your length. This is all coming straight my my imagination but how about dry twisting all of your hair and then creating and updo with the twist? Or braiding all of your hair and then setting the braids on rods? I’m not exactly sure how long either of these ideas would last but they sound good in my mind. lol. And I thought of something else, plaiting the back in an upward direction and rocking the front out and placing a… Read more »

anonda
anonda
9 years ago

Great ideas PinkGirlFluff!

Jana, be well! It sounds like you need some TLC. Thanks for this post and reminding everybody that yes stress and many other things besides mere exposure impact immunity. Nobody knows your body better than YOU!

Take care.

wb
wb
9 years ago

luv it…how did you get your hair like this…is this the result of 2 strand twists that are thick??

Jana
9 years ago
Reply to  wb

I’m late, but I applied water (just enough to dampen it) 2 strand twisted (yes they were chunky) and went to bed. I took it down in the morning and that was the results. 🙂

Bronze Venus
9 years ago

I know I’m commenting a MONTH late, but oh well!!! I WISH I would have seen this wayyyyy back! I had the same issue! I would wake up in the early AM (before dawn) and cowash my hair. That was all well and find until the temp started to drop drastically. Serious head congestion… *duh* lol. SOLUTION: fluff and pick josephine (my hair) out as much as possible and wear as a real afro… nice and fluffy. Intially, I used a blow dryer (super low heat and speed) to assist w/this. I was sooooo scared! But it worked out! I expirmented with… Read more »

Steph
Steph
8 years ago

I cannot afford braid/twisting my hair every two months or so, so I buy “natural looking” half wigs, trim them down to look more realistic, and wear them throughout the winter as a protective style during the day. I take them off, and I let my hair “breath” when I get home from work at night.

Yaasha
Yaasha
8 years ago

I’ve attached a pic of what my hair looks like today. I have the same issue as far as styling when wet, but I’ve found that once I do my wet style, which is just wet hair, gel, and shake-and-rake, if I just take my blow dryer to it without running my fingers through it — the blow dry process takes about 7 minutes, then my hair gets just dry enough to be able to either allow it air dry in about 45 minutes, or put on my hat and leave the house without soaking it and getting my head… Read more »

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