Hi guys, welcome back to my blog. Today, I’ll be sharing some tips on how to retain your hair moisture and prevent breakage during these colder months. Cold air, rain or snow and natural hair are not friends. Frizziness, knots & tangles and split ends are common. Just like our skin needs more moisture and TLC during winter months, so does our hair.
Here are my top 12 tips to winterize your natural hair routine to maintain moisture, retain length and stop breakages.
1. Pre-poo: this is done before shampooing your hair to prevent hair from losing all its moisture and drying out from the shampoo. It involves coating your hair with your favourite oil or oil mix, e.g. olive oil, coconut oil and leaving it on for about 30 minutes to one hour or more. It can be done overnight. Post here
2. Use a milder shampoo: If you are not already using sulphate-free shampoo, now will be the best time to switch. And if you are still having issue with dryness,
3. Co–wash more often: Using cleansing conditioners instead of shampoo is another way of preventing moisture loss from your hair. For example, if you shampoo your hair twice monthly, replace one or two of the washes with conditioner.
4. Deep Condition: If you are still sleeping on deep conditioning, you don’t want to during these cold periods. All you need is 20-30 minutes to let your hair absorb the conditioner. You don’t necessarily have to buy your conditioner from the store; you can make your deep conditioner from items available in your kitchen. Read about deep conditioning benefits and my DIY deep conditioner here and here
5. Detangle gently and carefully: Use a conditioner, leave-in conditioner or detangler with great slip to ensure your hand or comb glides through easily without causing more damage or breakage. Video here
5. Massage your scalp with oil: Dry and itchy scalp are more common during cold months. Use your favourite oil, e.g. Jamaican Black Castor Oil or Jojoba Oil to moisturise your scalp and edges. You can add essential oils such as peppermint oil and or tea tree oil to the oil to treat dandruff and dry, itchy scalp.
6. Moisturise and Seal the moisture: Using the LCO, LOC or LO method.
- LCO – Liquid, Cream & Oil
- LOC – Liquid, Oil & Cream
- LO – Liquid & Oil. Explained more and better here
Sealing in the moisture applied to your hair (aloe vera juice or leave-in conditioner) with your favourite oil is so important. I use my DIY whipped shea butter for this; it contains a variety of carrier and essential oils and shea butter. Video here
7. Protective Styles: Such as braids, crochet braids, twists, cornrows, weaves, wigs and scarves or turbans. You don’t necessarily have to add the extension. This is to avoid unnecessary manipulation of hair that can cause split ends and breakage.
8. Switch Afro for Updos such as puffs, buns, hawk, e.t.c. to avoid frizziness.
9. Avoid Blow Drying your hair: This may make your hair dryer and frizzy. Consider heatless means of straightening your hair such as threading and curl formers. Tutorial coming soon.
10. Trim Split Ends: Cut old weathered ends to have fuller, healthier ends, less breakage and length retention.
11. Use Satin Pillow Case or Bonnet at night: Rubbing your hair on cotton sheets or pillow cases may dry out your hair, make it frizzy or tangled.
12. Drink more water and eat a balanced diet: Hydrate and nourish your hair from the inside.
All these tips shouldn’t be limited to winter period or natural hair only.
What are your tips for winter hair care? Do you do any of these? Which of these is most important to you? COMMENT below. Please LIKE, and SHARE my post. Also, follow my blog via BLOGLOVIN or subscribe via E-MAIL and check out my Youtube Channel
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