Winter is here and the harsh cold air sometimes leads to breakage. But with proper hair care your natural hair can grow just fine despite the less than ideal conditions of winter.
I have compiled a list of 10 tips you should consider using during the winter months ahead of us.
1. Keep your ends tucked away
Use protective styles. They keep your ends hidden from the cold and dry air, helping to reduce moisture loss. Protective styles also keep your hair up and away from your winter scarves, coats, and sweaters, helping to reduce breakage as well. Save the “out” styles for rare occasions.
2. Switch to heavier sealants
Heavier sealants (like whipped butters mixed with oils) can provide longer-lasting moisture retention in the wintertime. Hair tends to be drier during the winter months; so light oils/products may not be as effective.
3. Incorporate pre-poos and/or co-washes
If not there already, add Pre-poos (pre-shampoo treatments) and co-washes (conditioner washes) to your weekly regimen. They help protect against moisture loss during the washing process during the cold season. Pre-poos consist of oils, conditioners, or both and are left on the hair for several minutes or hours prior to washing your hair. Co-washes typically involve washing with a rinse-out conditioner instead of a shampoo.
4. Wear satin lined hats
It’s hard not to wear a hat in the wintertime, but if you’re a natural you should invest in one that is lined with satin. It will keep you warm and keep your strands protected at the same time!
5. Deep condition once a week
If you already deep condition on a regular basis –great! If not, this is the perfect time to start. Deep conditioning once a week will keep your hair moisturized and strong enough to handle the harsh weather conditions . I see a significant difference each time I deep condition. I suggest that you add to your regimen ASAP!
6. Avoid using heated appliances as much as possible.
Using direct heat with appliances often such as a blow dryer, curling iron or flat iron is known to cause breakage and ruin your natural texture/curl pattern anyway. Basically frying your hair. Using it often in the winter time dries hair out even more. Try letting your hair air dry instead of blow drying it.
7. Try finger detangling vs. combs
Your fingers are able to feel knots and snags that your comb cannot, giving you the advantage of detecting those rough spots. When combing if you normally see tons of those tiny hairs covering your bathroom sink with finger combing you may get that number down to an insignificant few. That means you are able to retain much more hair in the long run.
8. Moisturize more often
This is a no-brainer! Winter cold conditions can quickly dry natural hair. So make sure to moisturize those ends daily (or as needed) with a leave-in and follow up with an oil to seal in that moisture.
9. Sleep on a silk or satin pillowcase or wear a satin bonnet to bed
Cotton can be very rough on your hair – it absorbs the moisture in your hair and its fibers can cause your hair to tangle, creating tiny fairy knots which can lead to split ends. Satin is much smoother and does not absorb moisture, leaving your hair soft while you sleep.
10. Drink Water
Drinking water will promote healthier scalp and healthier hair. When your body doesn’t get enough water, it begins to dry out. The skin and hair are the first and most noticeable areas of dryness from dehydration. The best advice I received was to think of my hair like a plant. You must water it or it will die (hair breakage and spilt ends is dead hair.)
What is your winter regimen? Please share in the comment section below.
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~Stay Curly My Friends!~