I’m seriously over how disrespectful this harsh winter air is on my natural hair. If your natural hair is struggling like mine join me in following these following 7 things to get our hair on track.
Moisturizing Deep Conditioner
Let’s keep it real, when was the last time you deep conditioned your hair?
A deep conditioner is always important if you have curly, coily, or kinky hair types, but deep conditioners are absolutely essential in the winter time. Thicker, creamier deep conditioners are a must during this season.
If you’ve not been deep conditioning at all, try deep conditioning on your next wash day. If you’ve been consistent with your monthly deep conditioning treatments try increasing to two sessions a month. For added care, try sitting under a heated dryer or using a heated cap to get you the maximum moisture. Always wear a plastic conditioning cap when sitting under a heated dryer.
Steam Treatments for the Win
Deep conditioning with moist heat will ensure that your hair gets all the goodness your deep conditioner has to offer. A steamer is different from a heating cap or heated hooded dryer. Steam will greatly help your hair absorb the ingredients of your deep conditioner and in doing so, your hair will become more moisturised than ever.
Keep It Rich
Time to let go of the watery leave-in conditioners, at least for the winter. If your usual leave-in or moisturizer is not packing enough punch to knock out winter hair dryness then it’s time to invest in a thicker product in order to provide your hair with the moisture it craves.
Keep It Thick
Castor oil or lots of shea butter is just what the doctor ordered this winter. Thick oils like castor oil, jojoba oil, and avocado oil as well as thick butters are always great for keeping moisture locked in and this is paramount during the colder months.
Keep It Cute
Hat hair may not be cute, but dry and breaking hair is even less so. Hats are pretty essential in winter to help trap heat and keep the head warm. If your hat is not satin lined it will not only help to dry the hair out, it can also be abrasive enough to cause damage. Wearing a satin scarf or bonnet beneath your favorite, non-satin lined winter hat will keep your hair protected while your hat keeps your head warm.
Protective Your Style
Whether you put your hair into a bun or twists, having a style that protects your hair and in particular your ends is particularly important in this winter. Out styles are out the door in winter if you want to maintain your hair’s moisture levels, health, and length.
Keep It Gentle
This may mean using a milder shampoo, co-washing (cleansing with conditioner) instead of shampooing or just co-washing more frequently. The right option for you will depend on your usual regimen and or products, so take some time to determine which option is right for you.