Now, I know I’m not the only curly hair girl that winter is harsh on. Honestly, these seasons play us from time to time. Spring is about the humidity and frizz, Summer is all about swimming aka lot of product usage, Fall is pretty mild and cool, then comes winter. Winter is drying and harsh. Retaining moisture is like key for me and it can be difficult.
So, I wanted to share my updated winter hair care routine because my last one was in 2019. And, things have changed. One, my baby is now a toddler so hair routines need to take less time. Two, I’m invested in what I put in my hair so I like to switch it up. Three, sometimes hair needs a refresher like a new product.
A few weeks ago, I decided to switch up my hair routine. Mostly because I ran out of my Briogeo product and I haven’t been to the mall to run into Sephora. And, I went to Target and saw they had some new products outside of SheaMoisture and Cantu.
My curly hair type
My hair type is definitely 3C but maybe 3B? I feel like my curly hair is a 3C on most days which I can’t complain. It’s manageable and the days where it’s 3B are probably after it’s been straightened for awhile and I just washed it. I’m finding that my hair type has changed over the years, as well. That is normal, though. I will definitely say a mixture of 3B and 3C, though.
My curly hair styles
Not going to lie to you, I’m actually really lazy with my hair. Like, I don’t diffuse because it never looks right for me. I probably did it wrong if I’m being honest with you. A wash and go is my go-to style. It’s my every day style, honestly. Except it’s more of a wash and go to sleep in a pineapple then wake up and shake my hair. Also, I don’t wash every day — usually, I refresh my second and third day curls with some leave-in conditioner spray and hope for the best. But, wash and go with a few more steps is my look.
Shampoo & Conditioner
When it comes to what goes in my hair, I am picky. I’ve used a lot of the staples. From SheaMoisture to Pattern Beauty, I’ve risked a lot of trial-and-error for my hair. Luckily, my hair never suffered and ‘ethnic’ products are usually less harmful (at least, the ones I use). Honestly, I might go on a review haul and just do each product line that I’ve used in the past so people get some idea of what they’re getting. And, I’m talking honest reviews… nothing to get someone to buy something.
Currently, I’m using Jozi Curls Hydrating Shampoo and Moisturizing Conditioner. Not only are these products at Target for $4.99, but they truly work. Like, my hair feels good after I use this duo in the shower. I can detangle with my hand. I love that they sell the conditioner in a larger bottle because they know our natural hair just eats up conditioner. They know their market and what the market needs is a bigger bottle of conditioner. The products are lightweight which is amazing. Since it’s winter and I’m inside, I tend to wash my hair once or twice a week. That’s it, though.
Now, I don’t know about anyone else but Leave-In Conditioner is my holy grail. I’m talking this is what makes my curls prosper throughout the days. You know those things that say ‘add water and watch them grow’? That’s me except it’s ‘add water to bring back to life then add leave-in conditioner’. What does leave-in conditioner do for me? Well, it hydrates and moisturizers my hair. That’s the most important fact. It does what I need it to do. Second, it tames the frizz and baby hairs that want to act a fool after I wake-up in the morning.
My newfound love it the Mielle Organics Rice Water Moisturizing Milk. Obsessed. When I tell you that this product brings my curls to life and shows the bounce, it truly does that. I love it. I have been sleeping on it and I’m glad I randomly went out on a whim after running out of my Briogeo Curl Charisma products (also, a big love of mine).
Many people don’t do gel, but I do. I feel like it controls the frizz and my edges like to be blessed with some hold. Now, I haven’t always been hip to gel and that’s my own fault. I always thought gel would make your hair flaky or residue would be all over the place. Clearly, that was mousse and not something that I should have been using in my hair. Anyways, styling gel has become by bestie. A really good one, I would say because like I said, I’m picky about what goes in my hair.
Now, I’m a fan of many products. I’ve used the Briogeo gel and Curls gel. Those are the two that I’ve always been partial two. As of 2021, I’ve been using the Jozi Curls styling gel and I love it. It’s really soft on my hair which is how I decide on if I’m going to use a product or not. This styling gel has been going me really good in the cold weather. My hair is soft to touch and it isn’t crinkly. I love it!
Curly Hair Tools
I use hair masks and deep conditioners every other week to really give my hair a good treatment. It’s important to do them, at least, for my type of hair. I’m the type of person that doesn’t skip out on things that my old hairdressers have suggested. And, the Denman brush is my best friend. It’s best used when in the shower and trying to detangle with conditioner. Other than those items, I try to use silk scrunchies so I don’t pull or tug my hair. There have been many instances when my hair has been caught on hair ties or stuck in the hair tie, so trying to avoid that is big for me because it goes in a bun at night.
Overall, I try to be low maintenance when it comes to my hair.
My routine sounds like a lot, but I promise that it isn’t.
It could be a lot worse. It’s actually pretty easy and makes me enjoy wearing my hair curly. Trust me, there were days when I straightened my hair all the time because of maintenance. Now, I have it under control and I love it.