The winter can be a trying time for all types of hair. However, curly hair is particularly vulnerable to the changes in the season. The cold air can leave hair brittle and not give curly strands enough time to regain their natural oils.
Jasmine, IG: JaiCurls, the creator of The Nappyversity and Curly Girl Hack Series supplied a few tips to promote hair growth during the winter.
During colder months, you should use moisture practices such as the LOC or LCO method. LOC stands for liquid, oil, and conditioner. For your liquid use water or a water based moisturizer. You can follow this up with an oil of your choice (argon, coconut, ect.) and a cream/conditioner.
The LCO method is an alternative to the LOC method and stands for Liquid, Cream, and Oil. The only difference is the order you apply these products. Try both to see which version is best for your hair type!
Leave in conditioners and moisturizing agents are crucial for winter hair growth. The air, snow, and wind will require you to use even more moisturizer than you’re used to.
Also, try adding heavier products such as butters and oils to your regimen to seal in moisture.
“I live by the LCO method to retain moisture and reach maximum growth.”
Other tactics such as weekly deep conditioning sessions with hot oil treatments, low manipulation styles, protective styles, hair trims as needed, and using natural products with natural ingredients are some of Jasmine’s staple practices for maximum length and healthy hair.
Some protective styling options during the winter include: two stand twists, crochet braids, braided up-do’s, sew-ins, and styling hair with a scarf.
Lastly, keep your hair protected at night. You can do this by sleeping with a satin bonnet, cap, or pillowcase. Satin will decrease the friction your hair might experience at night while rubbing against cotton.