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You asked, I answered: Winter curl tips.

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 09:49 -- Jess

Yesterday I posted on my Jessicurl Facebook page asking you what you wanted me to blog about today. I have a few ideas listed in my notebook but none of them were screaming out to be begging to be written up. I figured since YOU are the ones reading this thing (right?), you’d be able to tell me what you’d like to read about! :)

There were several different ideas that came up (thank you, by the way, for all of your comments!) but a few people requested that I write about winterizing our curls. It’s clearly a well-timed question since winter is pretty much here. Sure, ok, technically it’s still only Fall but I know it FEELS like winter to many of you.

So let’s get into it, shall we? First of all, I need to preface this with the caveat that winter climates CAN and DO vary across the country, and as such, there really is no one-size-fits-all advice. I know, shocking, eh? :)

Case in point. For many MANY of you, your climate get drier, as does your indoor atmosphere due to indoor heating so basically, ALL the moisture is getting sucked out of your hair. For that reason, you’ll often be advised to put a humidifier in your bedroom or other parts of your house to help restore the lost moisture to your parched hair. This is great advice, because dry hair = frizzy hair. And I know we’re all just trying to make it through the day frizz-free.

Here on the Northern-most coast of California where I live? Where we basically live AT sea level? Totally the opposite. :) We get rain, rain and more rain and when it’s not rainy, it’s foggy, which, let’s be honest, is just what I like to call “non-productive RAIN.” :) It’s WET here, people! The LAST thing I need is a humidifier. In fact, I have a DE-humidifier in my house to help reduce the moisture content because closets and such tend to mold and mildew around here.  If you ever want to see an angry Jess, just find me on the day I discover my favorite pair of shoes or boots is MOLDY.  :) It’s not cute.

My point is, the advice I’d give someone living in, say, Chicago, is totally different than what I’d tell a local curly friend. We’re still seeking humidity control here in the winter due to the high atmospheric moisture whereas you curlies dealing with sub-zero temperatures need to get as much moisture and humidity as you can back in.

When the temperature and humidity drops and the indoor heat is cranked up, it becomes even more vital that you stick with your weekly deep conditioning treatments. (Ahem… My Deep Conditioning Treatment was MADE for this purpose…) You can (and should) boost their conditioning power by using a heat source, like with the Hair Therapy Wrap.  The heat opens up the cuticle of the hair which then allows the moisturizing properties of the conditioner to better penetrate the hair shaft.

Those of you who prefer to air dry your curls might have no choice but to diffuse them in the winter, as walking around with wet hair in the freezing cold is just not a good idea.  Whether you do it all the time or just in the winter, we can all agree that any kind of heat styling is going to further dry out your hair. Again, all the more reason to kick it up a notch when it comes to conditioning.

If you don’t have time to do a full on deep treatment with heat where you leave it in for 30-60 minutes and lounge about your house all luxuriously, try my multitasking version. :) While in the shower, wring your wet hair out really well, slather it in Deep Conditioning Treatment, put on a plastic cap and … clean your shower! :) The plastic cap will help trap in your body heat, thus helping to open up the cuticle of your hair, and it will also prevent the shower from rising out your DT as you clean. Is it AS effective as a 30-60 minute lounge-fest with the Hair Therapy Wrap? No, but it’s better than nothing AND your shower will be clean.

Since you’ll be fighting dryness all winter, it’s even more important to avoid shampoos and cleansers with sulfates in them, as sulfates tend to be very drying. This is a  non-issue if you’re exclusively using Jessicurl since we’d NEVER include them in our products. :) On the other side of that coin, you’ll want to avoid any products that have heavy ingredients that tend to build up, such as silicones, waxes, and petroliums, as then you’ll need the sulfates to get them out.  Again, stick with Jessicurl and you’ll be fine. :)

Basically, it’s all about moisture. It always is for us curlies, but much more so in the winter. We really don’t need to over think this, my friends. :) Just amp up your deep treatments, avoid products that dry out your hair and you’ll go a long way to keeping your curls looking good this winter. :)