How to Support Healthy Growing Natural Hair in the Winter

Hair tends to be dryer in the winter months. The cool wind blows through your kinks and makes it challenging to maintain shiny, soft and moisturized (minus the greasiness/oiliness) hair.

There are three easy and simple ways to maintain healthy growing moisturized hair in the winter.

1. Protective Styling

Styles that tuck away the hair so that the fragile ends are not exposed to cold temperatures are known as protective styles.

Protective styling is not just for the winter months as I have noticed that many naturals also protective style in the summer. We can chop that up to the heat!

Protective styling is not limited to a certain time of the year. Many do it all year round for convenience.

Protective Style Options:


Pinning the hair up into buns and other updo hairstyle options allows for the ends of your hairstrands to be tucked away from the cold and dry air. Selective updos can also allow for you to retain moisture, length, and style.

Minimal maintenance will also benefit you as you will not be pulling and tugging on your hair everyday.


Some naturals choose to wear extensions to protect their hair. There are some things you need to look out for when taking this route. I discussed them in my blog post , The Harmful Effects of Protective Styling for Natural Hair.

Braids, crochets, twists and sew ins are examples of extension styles that are popular amongst naturals.

Learn more about protective styling options:

7 Best Protective Hairstyles That Actually Protect Natural Hair For Black Women

2. De Stress

According to the Mayo Clinics’s, Stress, depression and the holidays: Tips for coping, the holiday season often brings unwelcome guests — stress and depression. And it’s no wonder. The holidays present a dizzying array of demands — parties, shopping, baking, cleaning and entertaining, to name just a few.

During the winter months is challenging for many as it is the holiday season. Many are stressing about pleasing their children by purchasing everything (and some) of what they have asked Santa (or you) for.

Stressing for prolonged periods can contribute to health complications. Anytime their is an imbalance in the body, the normal functioning of body systems are at risk.

Stress may contribute to hair loss if not handled accordingly. How you deal with stress is what will determine it’s effects on your health.

3. Simple Moisturizing Hair Care Regimen

It can get expensive to jump from product to product trying to find one that will keep your hair shiny and moisturized. This can put a dent in your finances. This can surely bring on the stress.

Incorporate steaming, essential oils blended with a carrier oil, scalp massages and protective styling to maintain healthy growing hair.

Some of my favorite essential oils are:


Tea tree



Pure Essential Oil Selection

Be sure to watch your stress levels. Nothing is worth your health.

The winter time can be the easiest if you simplify your hair care regimen and wear low maintaince styles.

See more protective hairstyle options,

35 Protective Styles for Healthy Natural Hair


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