The temperatures seem to be getting worse, not better, as we get closer to spring. Last week clocked in dew points below zero on the East Coast, and we aren’t even done with snow for the year. Of course, with temperatures so low, we don’t want to walk around everyday with soaking wet hair. At the same time, it’s important to thoroughly moisturize your hair when it’s this cold — especially with the harsh winds whipping into your tendrils.
I look for two main things when choosing a moisturizer to use on dry (as in, not wet) hair. First, the product must settle or absorb into dry hair fairly quickly — some moisturizers with a more conditioner-like consistency take a while to absorb and can leave white flakes throughout your hair. Second, the product should be heavy enough to provide adequate moisture, but not be so heavy that it causes build-up that will make your wash day much more difficult. If you have too many oils and/or butters built up on your hair, it will be increasingly difficult to wash out and cleanse your scalp thoroughly. These are the things I keep in mind when I’m choosing my moisturizers for consistent results.
I apply my moisturizer either by “fluffing” my hair (lightly fluffing my curls from all angles after applying moisturizer, pic below) or separating the hair into four sections for a more thorough moisturizing process. Whether you’re rocking a five-day wash and go or bunning it, these moisturizers will keep your hair soft and supple in the winter temperatures.
Oyin Whipped Pudding
As a very versatile product, Oyin Whipped Pudding is ideal for not only hair, but also your body to keep dry skin at bay during the harsh winter months. In addition to my hair, I use it on my face and body most days. The formula feels heavy but isn’t overly waxy, so it’s easy to rub in.
Coco Curls Moisturizing Styling Cream
Ingredients: Aloe Vera Juice, Cetearyl Olivate and Sorbitan Olivate, Shea Butter,Cocoa Butter, Jojoba Oil,Coconut Oil,Glycine Betaine (Beta vulgaris (Beet)) Sugar Extract, DL-Panthenol, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Honey, Gluconolactone (and) Sodium Benzoate, Sclerotium Gum, Carbomer, Fragrance Oil.
Packed with a nice combinations of sealants and moisturizers, this styling cream absorbs into hair quickly, making it ideal for fluffing wash and gos or using for dry twist/braid out styles. Bonus: It smells like butterscotch.
Ingredients: Shea butter, water, peppermint oil, coconut oil, fragrance, extra virgin olive oil.
This nifty little oil blend gives a bit of moisture while keeping your hair dry enough to use on set styles as long as you don’t overdo it. It softens the hair and provides some frizz control without leaving any build up.
SDOTBEAUTY CurlFriend Smoothie
Ingredients: Distilled Aqua, Organic Aloe Barbadenis Leaf Juice, Organic Althaea Officinalis/Marshmallow Root, Organic Ulmas Rubra/Slippery Elm Bark, Behentrimonium Methosulfate/Cetearyl Alcohol, Helianthus Annuus/Sunflower Seed Oil, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Honey, Cetyl Alcohol, Pro Vitamin B5, Aleurites Moluccana/Kukui Nut Oil, Magnifera Indica/Mango Seed Butter, Silk Amino Acids, Fragrance, Psidium Guajava/Guava Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol
One of my favorite things about the CurlFriend Smoothie is that aloe vera is the second ingredient. I absolutely adore aloe vera in my hair — it not only hydrates your hair, but also helps balance its pH and can prevent clogged scalp pores. Combined with a healthy dose of conditioners and sealants, this product has grown on me a lot this winter. It’s also dependable for various uses such as a leave-in conditioner.
Beija Flor Naturals Creme Brulee
Ingredients: Organic Shea Butter, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Aloe Vera, Distilled Water, Murumuru Butter, Nettle, Burdock, Rosemary, Marshmallow Root, Grapeseed Oil, Vegetable Based Emulsifier, Stearic Acid, Xanthum, Paraben Free Preservative, Fragrance
I’m still a little bit salty that I didn’t have this product growing up, mainly because it smells like Cinnamon Toast Crunch. The consistency is slightly deceiving in that it seems like it would be tough to emulsify, when it’s actually very creamy, kind of like a heavier body butter. I also use this to seal my ends because the base ingredient is shea butter. And remember, sealing ends not only, prevents breakage, but also helps minimize single strand knots!
Camille Rose Naturals Almond Jai Butter
Ingredients: Deionized water, behentrimonium methosulfate, cetearyl alcohol, prunus dulcis/almond milk, prunusdulcis/almond oil, cucurbita pepo/pumpkin seed oil, sesamum indicum/sesame seed oil, simmondsia chinensis/jojoba seed oil, oryza sativa/rice bran oil, macadamia ternifolia/macadamia nut seed oil,olea europaea/olive fruit oil, cannabis sativa/hemp seed oil, ulmus fulva bark extract/slippery elm, ricinus communis/castor seed oil, aloe barbadensis/aloe leaf juice, honey, camellia sinensis/green tea leaf extract, phenoxyethanol/caprylyl glycol/optiphen. sorbic acid, scent and LOVE!
Natural hair products that you can purchase on the ground? Sign me up! Camille Rose Naturals is becoming a fast favorite for many naturalistas due to the high quality of their ingredients and availability. The products are available at Target and some Whole Foods — so yay, need some moisture in a pinch? Make your way to Target. Moisture levels are off the charts with these products, making them ideal for harsh temps and to give more weight to your hair.
I will likely do a full review on the Camille Rose and Beija Flor at a later date on my personal channel — both of these are either going to be on my HG or HG honorable mentions list, which is located at http://questfortheperfectcurl.com/holy-grail-products-staples/.
Bonus Tip: Another thing I like to do during winter is keep a dry oil spray in my purse for quick refreshers or a splash of protection. The wind is NO joke and oil sprays can soften hair while placing a barrier between your hair and the elements.
What moisturizers do you love during winter?