Here are 10 tips regarding winter hair care:
1. Your hair needs moisture, so give it. Just because its cold outside doesn’t mean you stop using water. You may not want to douse your head under the shower every morning but you can lightly mist with a spray bottle. Also please note that wet hair DOES NOT make you get sick.
2. You need to wash your hair still but in this drier weather opt for a shampoo with less drying ingredients. SLS or SLES in shampoo strip your hair in order to clean them avoid shampoo with these ingredients if possible. Look for moisturizing shampoos that include oils, butters, aloe in their ingredients. My fav is Alaffia Coconut & Shea Daily Hydrating Shampoo, find it online or at Whole Foods Stores.
3. Find a good deep conditioner. You don’t have to pay $12 for a good conditioner there are many available at the local drug store like Aussie Moist 3-Minute Miracle Deeeeeep Conditioner. Apply after you hair has been cleansed and detangled and pop on a shower cap. You can use the heat from the shower, wrap your head in a warm towel or sit under a hooded dryer to help the conditioner penetrate deeper.
4. Seal it up. A lot of naturals do their hair a disservice by moisturizing their strands but then neglecting to seal them. Sealing your hair with a butter or oil is what helps keep the moisture in. Check out SheaMoisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, Afroveda Cocolatte Moisture Mask, or make your own natural hair grease.
5. Night-time care. While you’ve dressed your bed with comfy flannel sheets and thick blankets make sure you are protecting your strands from breakage and frizz from rubbing against this material. Sleep on a satin pillowcase or wrap your hair up at night. Click here for more sleep tips.
6. Modify your style regimen. Cold weather does not have to be the death of the wash-n-go, in fact for my TWA’ers out there this may be the only option for you. My advice is to purchase a blowdryer with a diffuser so you can dry those curls before you head out. You can also sit under a hooded dryer or switch to applying styling products at night then refreshing in the morning.
7. Protective styling. Most naturals opt for protective styles to keep their hair tucked away to minimize potential snagging, tangling and mechanical damage. Whether you twist/braid your own hair, get a weave/wig, or install extensions (kinky twists, box braids, genie locs) you need to make sure you are still tending to your hair and scalp by keeping it moisturized and clean.
8. Watch your head “dress”. I love to wear cute knit caps, toboggans or tams but remember to wear a satin scarf or bonnett under caps to protect your hair from dryness and breakage. Also watch for scarves, sweaters and jackets that can rub against the back of your hair.
9. Pamper your tresses. You can whip up an easy pre-poo or hot oil treatment using everyday hair oils or add honey, molasses, or coconut milk. Apply the mixture to your hair and scalp and allowing to sit for 10-20 minutes. Rinse with warm water and cleanse as n normal.
10. Straighten up. For those who opt for straight styles avoid repeated direct heat from blow drying or flat ironing. You can do a roller set using larger rollers to achieve straight look without direct heat. Or stretch the hair by braiding, banding or bunning while wet and allowing to dry.