It's always a challenge for me to keep my curly hair healthy and soft during the harsh winter months. The cold, dry climate leaves my curls frizzy, dry, and many times lifeless. Keep in mind curly hair is naturally dry to begin with. The trick is to keep your tresses moisturized, so they always look healthy and hydrated regardless of the weather. I've compiled a few easy tricks and tips, below, to help you protect your locks all winter long.

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Use a conditioning & sulfate-free shampoo 1

Use a conditioning & sulfate-free shampoo

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Traditional shampoos contain harsh detergents known as sulfates that strip curly hair of their natural oils. The lack of moisture normally results in frizz. To keep your ringlets smooth and hydrated, opt for a gentle and moisture-infusing shampoo, like DevaCurl No-Poo Cleanser ($19).

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Constantly condition 2

Constantly condition

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Because curly hair is so prone to dryness, it’s important to keep it conditioned, especially during the colder months. Try applying a deep conditioning hair mask at least once a week to help restore the moisture balance on your hair and scalp. I love Pantene Pro V Curly Series Deep Moisturizing Treatment ($6).

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Leave it in 3

Leave it in

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Apply a leave-in conditioner, like Mixed Chicks Leave-In Conditioner ($17), to help tame frizz and keep hair bouncy throughout the day.

Try a curl primer 4

Try a curl primer

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A daily conditioner, like the Ouidad Curl Recovery Whipped Curls Daily Conditioner & Styling Primer ($26) is also great for keeping curls deeply hydrated. Best part? You can combine this product with any styling product of your choice.

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Use curl cream 5

Use curl cream

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To give curls definitive hold, opt for a creamy hair pudding, like Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk Pudding Style Define Hold ($22). This conditioning cream helps define and shape curls without the crunch or sticky and flaky residue you get from most gels and mousse formulas.

Diffuse 6

Diffuse

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If walking out the door during the winter with soaked, wet hair isn’t exactly your cup of tea, try blow-drying curls using a diffuser attachment, like Solano Finger Softstyler Universal Diffuser ($25). To avoid heat damage, make sure to spray a heat protective spray to locks first and blow-dry only until hair is 70 to 80 percent dry. Drying all the way can cause serious frizz.