DON'T Use These Beauty Products When It's Cold Outside

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Like it or lump it summer is over, people! That means that it's time to dig deep into your wardrobe to pull out those long sleeves and to start slapping on thick facial moisturisers and heavy body creams.
The same approach applies to hair, too. Skin care isn't the only thing that changes in colder weather. You also need to pay more attention to your strands — especially if they're natural — in order to avoid damaging them from dryness. And, surprisingly, some of the products you love year-round are the same ones you need to toss when the temperatures drop.
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We talked to hairstylist Felicia Leatherwood (who works with Issa Rae, Ava Duvenay, Yvonne Orji, and more) for her top tips to protect you and your hair from the elements. Scroll ahead and get ready to spring clean your beauty cabinet early.
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Stop Your Wash And Gos

"Wash-and-gos in the wintertime aren't going to feel the best, unless you have time to diffuse your hair before leaving the house," Leatherwood says. If you're looking for something with minimal effort, try out a protective style, like braids or twists. You won't have to lift a finger for a few weeks, and you're giving your real hair a chance to grow.
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Put Down The Coconut Oil (Yes, Really)

Coconut oil is known as a curly girl saviour... but not when temps drop, sorry! "When it's cold, it gets very solid," Leatherwood says. "Nobody has time to melt it down and put it on their hair everyday for moisture. In the summer, it'll totally liquify. Not in the winter."

Even if you diffuse it with water, or heat it at a certain level, you can still get that unpleasant crunch (and flake) on your mane. And when it hardens in the cold, it also hardens your hair. Some women with natural hair have complained that the miracle balm has even caused breakage and dry scalp.

Also, maybe don't use it in the tub...
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Trade Water-Based Gels For Creamier Leave Ins

"Gel in the winter? Good luck with that!" Leatherwood laughs. "There are a few things that happen. It's really cold, for one, and gels can dry your hair out. There's very low humidity to help infuse moisture in your hair when it's cold outside."

Even liquid leave-in conditioners can dry your hair out, especially if you need to leave your house after you wash. "Your best bet is going to be creams, butters, and hairstyles that you don't have to wet your hair for," Leatherwood advises.
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Get Those Trims

In the fall and winter and even on the chillier days of spring, you've got to bundle up in a scarf so you won't catch a cold (anddd I'm turning into my mum). But those scarves and high-neck jackets are slowly killing the hairs in the back of your head.

"You're going to need a trim because all of those pull on the hair, especially if you're wearing them daily," says Leatherwood. "And with your split ends around the neckline, they tend to tangle up and create a tangle ball. You need some type of cream on the nape of your neck to smooth that part down. When your clothes hit that area, it helps your hair move better than when it's dry there."
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Give Your Shine Sprays A Rest, And Finish With Oils

"You have to pay attention to high alcohol content. Hair sprays and spritzes won't be your friends when you're walking into cold air," she says. "You have a situation where the hair becomes dry and brittle. Oil finishers are great because they give you shine and act like a sealant. When it goes over your cuticle, it locks in the moisture if you have a really great cream-based styling product."
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