Curly, wavy, straight, thin, textured — it doesn’t matter which type of hair you have. Winter winds, freezes, rains bring with it a dryness that can be damaging to locks of all types. Here’s how to take back control of your hair no matter how cold it gets.

Don’t wash as frequently

Your hair contains natural oils within it that react to how dry or moisturized your scalp is at any given moment. That’s why many hairstylists recommend that you wash your hair 2-3 times per week, so you can give your scalp time to properly build oils on your scalp, and prevent your ends from drying out and breaking. Washing your hair resets those oils, cleansing your scalp. That’s why it’s important to stagger your hair washes. 

And when the winter winds hit? Your scalp dries out all the more easily. So take care to wash your hair only when needed.

Avoid heat

This is something that can apply to any season. But it’s even more important during the winter season. Heat — whether it’s from the weather, hot tools, or your shower — can open up the follicles in your hair to dryness and damage, which leads to breakage and split ends. And in the winter, it can be even more of a shock to already-dried and frayed hair. 

Try a lukewarm shower as you wash your hair, and avoid hot tools if at all possible. 

You can also look into getting a heat protection spray to help protect your strands from sweat, heat, chlorine, and any other elements you might encounter in the winter months.

Find a mask infused with coconut oils and vitamin E

Damage caused by split ends are annoying, but they can also be a sign of dry or damaged hair. Using a cream or hair mask that’s infused with vitamin E means you’re getting a natural antioxidant known for maintaining and assisting healthy hair growth. Add in coconut oil — which is known to help hair grow thick and strong and removing buildup on your scalp — and you’ll discover a well-nourished scalp, ready to take on any season. 

Winter is coming — pun unintended. But if you equip your cabinet with these tools and methods, you’ll have nothing to fear.