The best hair products to treat curly hair during the winter.

I love having naturally curly hair but I'll be the first to admit that caring for curls, especially during the winter can be hard work. Wash-and-go is not ideal when it's below 40 degrees outside. And don't get me started on how much more prone curls are to dryness when it's windy and freezing out. 

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Fortunately, there are more than enough products out there these days that will keep your curls hydrated, healthy, and safe from breakage even during the brutal months. The key is moisture. And I'm talking every day and in every product. Here's a look at a few curly hair must-haves to stock up on this season!


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 ($36) is a favorite among curly-haired girls.  


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 ($10). 


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 ($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 flakey and itchy scalp that results in not so healthy tresses. This charcoal-infused treatment gets it out while providing hydration. Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Tea Tree Scalp Treatment ($32). 


Use an ultra-hydrating cleansing conditioner. 5

There are hydrating cleansing conditioning and there are ultra-hydrating cleansing conditioners. This was one was practically made for winter curls. DevaCurl No-Poo Decadence ($22). 

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 helps to elongate and define tight curls and eliminate frizz. SheaMoisture Styling Gelee Red Palm Oil & Cocoa Butter ($9). 


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 ($13).