Winter, we love you, but sheesh, you can be tough on our curls. Dry and brittle strands, coarse ends, flaky scalps – just a few things we have to endure when winter wreaks havoc. If there is a product essential you need to get your hair through the winter it’s a daily hair moisturiser whether in the form of a leave-in conditioner or hair milk. A good daily hair nourisher provides a protective barrier to your hair, coats your curls, and infuses it with nutrients to strengthen and repair it so it looks and feels its optimum best. We’ve rounded up some of the best brands on the market.
1. ASIAM – GroYoghurt, £10.20
This gorgeously-scented leave-in from ASIAM is designed for natural hair, and is therefore thick, and creamy in consistency, instantly melting into your strands upon contact. It’s made from pomegranate and passion fruit, two superfruit ingredients that contain nutrients that helps to promote hair growth. Due to its high moisturising component, GroYoghurt provides great slip and is excellent for removing knots and tangles from curly/coily textures. Buy a bottle (or several) and stash away in your winter hair arsenal.
2. KeraCare – Leave-In Conditioner, from £6.90
A firm favourite among naturalistas and those who choose to wear their hair straight and sleek, KeraCare Leave-In Conditioner is one of those fail-safe products that works effectively during any season, but particularly during the winter when your hair requires constant moisture. This creamy textured leave-in contains a unique blend of natural ingredients including kernel oil, fruit extracts and plant extracts that infuses moisture into your strands leaving them soft to the touch throughout the day.
3. Mielle – Avocado Moisturizing Hair Milk – £11.99
For a high-quality daily moisturiser at a fairly affordable price, look no further than Mielle Avocado Moisturizing Hair Milk. With a dreamy combination of natural ingredients including avocado oil, shea butter, aloe leaf juice and seed oil, this quality product injects your strands with moisture, sealing it for lasting hydration. It also prevents the hair from frizzing (when your wear your curls loose), and eases detangling due to its superior lubricants and hair nourishing ingredients.
4. Pantene – Leave- On Detangling Milk, £7.99
This formula is a little bit lighter in consistency than a traditional leave-in but don’t be deterred – it really is a magical product. Even on coarse 4c curls, Pantene’s Leave-On Detangling Milk penetrates your strands and leaves them feeling super soft. The Gold Standard range launched in the UK last year, and was developed by an esteemed team of scientists who spent many years of research trying to devise the perfect haircare line for those with Afro textured hair. This particular product is one of the standouts. It’s made from Argan and kernel oils, which means it hydrates without any greasy residue.
5. Shea Moisture – Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Milk, £10.99
Heavy duty damage calls for heavy duty remedies, and for a highly-nourishing leave-in Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Milk is a top choice for protecting your curls this winter. Dense and creamy in texture, this hair saviour contains coconut oil, neem oil and silk proteins to really help to hydrate dry, and damaged curls as well as infuse dull natural hair with shine. You can use daily as a leave-in before putting your hair in a protective style, or opt to wear it as a daily styler to protect and define your curls if you prefer to wear your hair loose. Better still, a little goes a long way, making it a great investment to take you through the winter months.
6. Design Essentials – Leave-In Nourisher, £10.99
Infused with coconut and monoi oils, sunflower, panthenol, and Biotin, Design Essentials Coconut & Monoi Leave-in Nourisher is a lightweight hair milk that helps to seal the cuticles to protect your hair from the onslaught of the cold weather. With its unique spray formula which means you can whip out of your bag and sprtitz at a whim, this is a great buy for restoring the hair’s moisture levels and quenching thirsty curls.