How to Keep Natural Hair and Locs Moisturized in the Winter

October 18, 2021

How to Keep Natural Hair and Locs Moisturized in the Winter

Keeping your hair moisturized can feel like a second job. It’s a struggle to find the time to do it, to stay consistent even when you do find time and to figure out what in the world actually works for your hair! With the dry, cold winter coming up, this becomes an even bigger struggle. But we’re here to help. Here’s our tips on how to keep natural hair moisturized in the winter. We’ll cover moisturizing locs in the winter in the second section.


How to Keep Natural Hair Moisturized

  1. Start with Damp Hair

If you are starting off on dry hair, spritz your hair with water or our signature daily spritz to get your hair damp. If you’d just washed your hair, then you’ll move right into Step 2.

Tip: To make this routine bearable during the winter, you can warm up the water before you use it. Never use hot water though as this can leave your hair feel even more dry.


  1. LCO or LOC

You’ve probably heard of these terms before if you’ve ever desperately searched on Google for how to keep 4c hair moisturized. Any Type 3 or 4 who’s done the same thing?

These two acronyms are the most popular techniques used to moisturize curly and kinky natural hair and seal in that moisture.

L stands for ‘leave-in’, O stands for ‘oil’ and C stands for ‘cream’. So, the LCO routine means that you would use your leave-in, then your cream, and your oil last. LCO is our recommended method for kinky and curly textures, and if you’re still looking to find a moisture routine that works for you, we’d recommend you to try this one out. It’s especially great for low porosity folks.

The LOC method is slightly different. It’s the exact same products, but the order in which you use them is different. You would apply your leave-in first, followed by your oil, and finally, by your cream.

For both of these techniques, make sure you take the time to work the product into your hair thoroughly. Try using the praying hands method to smooth the product into your hair working in manageable sections.

Our best seller, Moisture LOC Kit, has naturals just like you regularly being able to keep their hair moisturized for 3-5 days after one application. That means your hair looks moisturized and shiny, feels soft and smells divine without you having to moisturize every single night, which chile, no one wants to keep doing in the winter. Twice a week for beautiful, hydrated, thriving hair sounds like a win for me.


  1. Oil your Scalp

As you take care of your strands, don’t forget to take care of your scalp. The winter is notorious for drying out the skin and your scalp is no exception. So, after doing either the LCO or LOC method, make sure to take a light oil and oil your scalp.

Tip: Give yourself a massage. This will stimulate the hair follicles and encourage hair growth. Plus, if your scalp is warm, it’s a good way to warm up those fingers again.


  1. Heat It Up 

If you’re doing all the steps above, and you’re still really struggling to keep your natural hair moisturized, then add in a deep conditioning treatment during your next wash day. Your overall moisture levels throughout the week should improve after that.


Moisturizing Locs in the Winter 

If you have locs, then although the principles are similar, your routine will be a little bit different.

  1. Get Your Hair Damp

Start out with freshly washed locs that are still damp or fill some warm water in a spray bottle to spritz your hair if it’s dry.

Some people have complained that using tap water on their locs actually caused them to dry out. Understandably, they opt out of using tap water and may use rose water, which is great if you like smelling like roses all the time and don’t live near bees… 😅

Tip: Try the Daily Spritz from our newly-launched BIYO collection, which is inspired by the haircare secrets of Somali women. It’s a great, lightweight moisturizer/ refresher that will have your hair feeling soft with a beautiful, non-greasy glow in no time. It also has a soft, sweet, fruity scent that’s so, so good. Don’t take our word for it; check out its reviews.


  1. Take Care of Your Scalp

‘Tis the season, and you know that dry scalp will be trying to get you, so we have to stay on top of that. Use a very lightweight oil to oil your whole scalp and give yourself a little massage.

Another thing you can do to pamper your scalp is use the Reset Maximum Hydration Hair Mask. This mask gently exfoliates your scalp, helping to remove tough buildup. Luckily for you, the mask comes as part of the BIYO bundle. I would advise you to do this part before you oil your hair though.

My only caveat is make sure you stay away from any very thick oils, creams or jellies though since these might lead to build up on your locs.


  1. If You Have Starter Locs…

I can’t stress how important this part is! If your locs haven’t fully locked yet, don’t put any oil or cream on your hair.

The reason is oils and creams will add some slip to your strands, and this may interfere with the locking process and make your hair start to unravel. So, keep this for when your locs have fully formed, so you don’t keep getting them redone.


  1. Seal In The Moisture

You’ve got two options here. You can either use a lightweight oil to seal the moisture into your hair, or you can use a leave-in.

What determines which one you can use is whether you wash your hair with clarifying shampoos often or only use moisturizing shampoos. If you only use moisturizing shampoos, then stick with the lightweight oil in your final step because if you used much thicker products, the likelihood of you getting build up is quite high.

If you do use clarifying shampoos often, then you can follow up with the BIYO Curl Enhancing Cream to seal in that moisture.

  1. Use Some Heat

To really amp up the absorption, consider covering your hair in a bonnet or thermal cap. The heat produced will help your hair absorb the products better, ensuring your locs stay moisturized for longer.


  1. Deep Condition

If your hair has been feeling especially dry no matter what you do, try doing a treatment with the BIYO Maximum Hydration Deep Conditioner. This deep conditioner is great for restoring moisture to dry, damaged or color-treated hair.

To use it, you can thin the product out with some water and apply or spray it into your hair. Leave it on for 20 - 30 minutes and for the best results, use heat. Rinse your hair thoroughly with cold water. You should notice an immediate improvement in how your hair looks and feels.


Ladies, I’m sure you’re more than ready for winter now! Do you have any more questions on how to keep your hair moisturized? Drop them below. We’d love to hear from you.

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