This dry Winter air can kill your natural hair! It can make it dry and very brittle, which causes it to be prone to breakage. Since there is typically less moisture in the air in the Fall and Winter months you hair’s ability to retain moisture could be affected. If you are anything like most of us naturals, then your regimen may change in the Winter. Here are some ways to help you to retain moisture and prevent dryness during the winter months.
Protective styles are hair styles that actually protect your hair. There are a variety of ways you can do this naturally with twists and braid styles. You can even add flair by adding hair for longer more manageable creations. By maintaining your scalp and using a leave in conditioning spray of your choosing to hydrate you can maintain moisture and protect from cold temps, dry air and harsh winds.
Co washing is when you use a conditioner in place of shampoo. The idea behind this is to leave some of the natural oils in your hair instead of stripping them all the way out which can happen depending on what kind of shampoo you are using. If you are not a fan of the co wash you can try using a sulfate free shampoo. This method helps your hair to keep its natural oils which will keep your hair shiny and moist looking in between washing.
Sealing in Moisture:
Hot oil treatments are a good way to seal the moisture into your hair strands and follicles. You could even apply your favorite oil directly to your hair after each wash to help to retain some of that moisture. A really good way to do this is to wash, apply oil then allow the hair to dry naturally with twists or braids installed. If you dont have time to air dry, sit under a dryer. Your hair will come out very moisturized and soft afterwards. This can also enhance your curl pattern.
Stay away from heat and chemicals:
I love hair color but like any chemical process it can cause major dryness. Excessive heat is another way to draw moisture from your hair. Flat ironed hair looks pretty but it can cause major damage if not done and managed correctly. Make sure that your hair is deep conditioned and that the irons are not too hot. The same thing applies to blow drying. Be careful with the temperatures especially in the Winter!
There are many other ways to maintain moisture and prevent dryness when it comes to your hair. Remember broken and damaged hair cannot be repaired. It can only be cut off. Keep this in mind always. Also consider your scalp. It is the ground from which your beautiful hair grows. Pay attention to it and take care of it. Scalp dryness can be easily remedied on your own or with the help of a professional. No matter if you are natural or relaxed moisture is always the key to incredible looking hair.
BMWK, Does your hair regimen change during Winter?