Woman with curly hair

Naturally, curly hair is phenomenal, but caring for curls, especially during the winter requires a bit of work. Wash-and-go is not ideal when it's below 40 degrees outside. Not to mention that when it's windy and freezing out, curls are susceptible to dryness. Fortunately, nowadays there are some great products created specifically to keep curly hair looking healthy.

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Once upon a very sad time for curly hair, there were so few products available to care for rizos on the market. But now, there are more than enough options out there that will keep your curls hydrated, healthy, and safe from breakage, even during the brutal months. The key is moisture. Moisture every day and in every product. Here's a look at a few curly hair must-haves to stock up on this season!

Psst: If you choose to purchase an item on this list, MamásLatinas may receive a small cut. Each item and price is up to date at the time of publication; however, an item may be sold out or the price may be different at a later date. 

--Additional reporting by Johanna Ferreira

Invest in a good repairing hair mask. 1

There’s a reason why wash-and-gos are so easy to achieve in the summer months, and that’s because the weather makes it easier for your curls to maintain moisture. The winter does the opposite, so you want to make sure you’re deeply conditioning and repairing your strands from the weather at least once a week. The Briogeo Don’t Despair Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask is a favorite among curly-haired women.  

Buy it at for Nordstrom for $36.


A good leave-in conditioner works wonders. 2

Curls need to be moisturized at all times. A deeply hydrating leave-in is crucial, especially during the winter. It also keeps curls silky soft. Try Curls Blueberry Bliss Reparative Leave-In Conditioner. 

Buy it at Target for $12.


A defining curl jelly makes all the difference. 3

This curl jelly literally performs miracles. It makes even the frizziest, most damaged, undefined curls look bouncy and spiraled. Camille Rose Curl Maker is also infused with natural ingredients, like agave extract.

 Buy it at Target for $22.

Get rid of that buildup. 4

Harsh weather isn’t the only thing that wreaks havoc on hair, major buildup from products can lead to a flaky and itchy scalp that results in not-so-healthy tresses. This charcoal-infused treatment gets the buildup out while providing hydration. Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Tea Tree Scalp Treatment should leave the scalp feeling fresh and perfectly cleansed.

Buy it at Sephora for $32.


Use an ultra-hydrating cleansing conditioner. 5

There are hydrating cleansing conditioners, and there are ultra-hydrating cleansing conditioners. DevaCurl No-Poo Decadence was practically made for winter curls.

Buy it at DevaCurl for $24.


For extra tight and coily curls, a stretching gel can help prevent shrinkage. 6

For extra tight and coily curls, a stretching gel can help prevent shrinkage.

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The red palm oil and cocoa butter help to elongate and define tight curls and eliminate frizz. SheaMoisture Styling Gelee to the rescue!

Buy it at Target for $8.


Detangling gets real. 7

Winter weather makes curls more prone to dryness and tangling, especially for tighter curl patterns. Try a super hydrating detangler that’s going to gently get those knots out, like Honey Baby Naturals Knot My Honey Instant Detangler.

Buy it at Honey Baby Naturals for $11.

A leave-in conditioner with a dual purpose. 8

Honey Baby Naturals Leave-In Conditioner works in two phases. The milk proteins in it hydrate and protect your hair from split ends. The honey phase protects your hair from heat styling.

Buy it at Honey Baby Naturals for $11.


Treat your hair to deep conditioning and revitalizing. 9

Botanika Beauty's The Revitalizer Deep Conditioning Mask is ultra-moisturizing regardless of your hair type. It helps revitalize damaged hair and adds elasticity. 

Buy it at House of Beauty for $22.

A mousse for your curls?! 10

A mousse that works wonders on your curls? Yup, it exists and it is The Enhancer Mousse by Botanika Beauty.

Buy it at House of Beauty for $17.


A great conditioner for tight textures. 11

Designed with tighter textures in mind, Pattern Intensive Conditioner for Tight Textures is ultra-hydrating. It's perfect for low porosity hair.

Buy it at Ulta for $25.

Keep those curls defined in the winter. 12

Rizos Curls Curl Defining Cream will help define and hold your curls without leaving them all crunchy. Instead of crunch, you'll get bouncy, defined, and frizz-free curls.

Buy it at Rizos Curls for $22.


For those times you need a little refresh. 13

Rizos Curls Refresh & Detangle Spray has two functions. You can apply it to freshly washed hair for detangling or use it in between washes to refresh your curls.

Buy it at Rizos Curls for $20.

Wake up your curls! 14

Ouidad Botanical Boost Curl Energizing & Refreshing Spray puts the "oomph" back in your curls. It uses botanical extracts to revitalize and rehydrate.

Buy it at Ouidad for $20.


Something sweet for your scalp and hair. 15

Carol's Daughter Mimosa Hair Honey helps strengthen dry and brittle hair. It will soften without weighing down your locks.

Buy it at Carol's Daughter for $12.

Define, detangle, and brush without frustration. 16

Not Your Mother's Kinky Moves Curl Defining Detangler is formulated to soften, nourish, and strengthen curls. It will even help tame frizz.

Buy it at Amazon for $6.


A creamy leave-in conditioner that won't leave you feeling sticky and icky. 17

Curly Chic Your Curls Conditioned Creamy Leave In Conditioner won't leave you with that sticky film. It moisturizes, defines, and elongates natural hair.

Buy it at Amazon for $8.

Repair your hair and help it grow. 18

Urban Hydration Honey Growth & Repair Gel helps promote hair growth, protect your hair, and maintain moisture. No crunchiness included.

Buy it at Amazon for $10.


A custard for your curls. 19

Design Essentials Natural Honey Curl Forming Custard is infused with almond, avocado, honey, and chamomile. It's meant to give your curls intense shine, medium hold, and definition. 

Buy it at Amazon for $10.

Revitalize your hair's texture without weighing it down 20

Mizani Coconut Souffle absorbs quickly to give you soft hair with uniform moisture. From roots to ends and inside out, your hair will be moisturized and protected from breakage.

Buy it at Amazon for $20.