Before your next wash day, take a look at your favorite styling products and see if any of the following are the first 3 ingredients: Butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), Cocos nucifera (coconut oil), Vegetable glycerin.

If you have noticed your hair seems to “change” throughout the year — it starts to feel more dry and impossible to keep moisturized or you’re having trouble keeping the same volume. It is most likely because your products don’t work in cooler temperatures as they do when it’s warm.

Just like the seasons change, so should your hair care routine. Some of main products you use on your hair may be why your hair is “not thriving” when the temperature start to go down. The 3 most common ingredients found in natural hair products that should be avoided during the winter months are Coconut Oil, Shea Butter and Vegetable Glycerin. If any of these are listed within the first 5 ingredients of your hair products, save those products for the spring and summer months. Here’s why:

styling products to avoid during the winter

Shea butter and coconut oil are prominent ingredients in most hair products for naturals and are often used in their raw form by curly girls all over. We know these ingredients soften as its temperature goes up, but you may not have considered the fact that they begin to harden at temperatures below 72 degrees. Meaning, they will also harden in your hair in cooler temperatures leaving behind a wax-like coating.

The coating left by shea butter prevents treatments or cleansers from penetrating the hair properly. This acts as a barrier between your hair and your conditioner and makes it impossible to actually condition your hair. Over time, this will leave your hair dry, brittle and dull. Shea butter also attracts lint and dirt like a magnet, which is just annoying.

styling products to avoid during winter

Now, if you are a lover of coconut oil, all is not lost. You can continue using it for hot oil treatments or added to your deep conditioning routine for extra moisture. But avoid using it during the styling process. When left on the hair or used on a finished style, coconut oil naturally hardens causing the hair to stiffen, lose its bounce and vibrancy.

styling products to avoid during the winter

Vegetable glycerin is a natural humectant, meaning that when used in hair, it draws moisture out of the air and into your hair. If used during the winter, when the air tends to be dry, there’s nowhere for the glycerin to pull the moisture from so it pulls the moisture from your hair. The best way to use glycerin during the winter is for steam treatments and rinsed out before continuing your normal wash routine.

Products that work for winter styling:

Camille Rose Naturals Almond Jai Twist Butter

Eco Styler Olive Oil Gel

Eco Styler Castor Oil Gel

Proclaim Foaming Wrap Lotion