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Frizzy Friday: Winterizing Your Hair

It’s that time of the year. I wake up in the morning, squinting in the dark, shivering as the cold air smacks my body, and fumble towards a house coat and anything hot. To quote the fearless Starks: Winter is coming.

Now, I’m not going to deny the beauty of winter: freshly fallen snow sparkling in the moonlight is just about the most achingly beautiful thing you will ever see. Sledding, skating, cheeks perfectly rosed from the nip of the cold – sure, winter has its draws. But mostly, I hate it.

I know, I know, it’s anti-Canadian. “But winter is practically 8 months of the year!” you cry. Well, I don’t care. This pasty, clearly-Scottish-in-descent lass would be a thousand times happier living in a climate where breathing equates to sweating. But here I am, and here we are, dealing with winter, and the crap that comes with it.

Like dry hair.

Alright, curly girls, we all know this: our hair care routine changes from season to season, right? You all freak out in the summer when the humidity is playing devil’s advocate with your frizz factor (which leads me to…if you haven’t yet tried at least a variation of the Curly Girl Method, get going, you silly twit! It’ll cure your frizzies). But in the winter, you calm down – no more humidity in the air, hair lies flat – nothing to worry about, right?

Well…not quite. The cold in the air is bad for everyone’s hair, but especially yours, my curly-headed friends. Why? It sucks out moisture at an alarming rate. Between increased heat styling (no one wants a popsicle on their head), and dry, awful static everywhere (visual: pulling a toque off when coming inside), winter is a nightmare for me and my hair (and my poor, dry scalp!). What’s a girl to do?

You can start by making a hair mask, such as this DIY Avocado Mask. Do this at least every other week for best results.

My second go-to? Making a leave-in conditioning spray, such as this one from Curl on a Mission. It helps replace any lost moisture and keeps my hair going for longer.

Next up, if you haven’t invested in or made a satin pillowcase, do it! Your other alternative is sleeping in a satin headscarf but frankly, I don’t like it because I wake up throughout the night trying to figure out if it’s still on my head and if it isn’t I scramble around to find it, and if it does stay on the whole night it tends to squish all my curls to hell. So, use at your own risk.

Finally, and I know lots of people go on about this, but eat right. I’m not telling you to go vegan or anything (unless you want to, in which case, great!), but eat lots of the right food. Avocado, coconut oil, nuts (almonds and walnuts, my pretties – peanuts are a legume and not quite as healthy) – all help make your hair stay shiny and wonderful (not to mention your skin!). Repeat after me: healthy fats are good fats. Get over that old-fashioned, low-fat diet way of thinking. It’s harming, not helping. Eat those fatty fat fats! If you want to supplement, there are things available at health food stores; one of my recommendations is Nutra Sea Fish Oils.

So there you have it! Now, tell me: is your hair different in different seasons? Do you change your hair routine for the winter? I’d love to hear your tips!

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11 Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing this story. Eating the right types of food can really help to have healthy hair. Thanks again.

  2. Dani

    ahahaha i love the intro to this post! I whole-heartedly agree; i very much dislike winter! The cold definitely doesn’t do me much good!

  3. I have satin pillow case and it works great. If you cannot find one you can always make your own by buying a piece of material at a fabric shop and making it slightly bigger. I used that alternative because I could not find any stores that sold satin pillowcases.

    • Jess A

      Honestly I went to a fabric store and had my mom see one up for me. It’s cheaper, and fairly easy. Also if you’re a beginner sewer, a pillowcase is a great place to start!

      • Oh, fine, cheat, then. 😉 I use up all my crafty energy on knitting, so I think I’m going to have to buy one after all. 😉 I’ve also been reading that silk charmeuse pillowcases might be even better, so I may try one of those!

  4. I’ve definitely noticed a difference with my hair this winter. I switched shampoos and initially blamed it on that – but I think winter is truly to blame. Thanks for these winter weather hair tips!

    • Jess A

      You’re quite welcome! I’ve noticed my hair getting drier and grumpier with me lately for sure. Going to overload it with moisture!

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