Winter Hair Care Tips

Hey Natties

First of all apologies for being low-key but l am definitely back at it. I’m sure we all have similar hair struggles this winter, where the hair suddenly becomes more dryer!  So l have switched up my haircare routine to prevent excess dryness, brittle struggling hair and split ends.  Below, I’m sharing a few natural hair tips to help you survive the weather this season, combat dryness, itchy scalp, and repair brittle tresses.

EAT HEALTHY & DRINK WATER

You are what you eat…and that includes your hair! Be sure to eat well-balanced meals with plenty of fruits and vegetables. Your curls will benefit from the vitamins and nutrients increasing growth, promoting shine, and keeping them moisturized and healthy. Also, drink tons of water! Two litres of water is sufficient, but a little more wouldn’t hurt either. If you’re in the mood for something sweet grab your a fresh fruit juice or smoothie.

DEEP CONDITION BI-WEEKLY

l am a lover of Deep conditioning due to its numerous hair benefits. Deep conditioning masks help the ingredients become beneficial to the health of your hair by deeply penetrating the hair shaft and promoting growth, moisture, and luster. Section by section, distribute your favorite deep conditioner from the roots to ends and let sit for about 20 minutes to an hour.

Homemade deep conditioners are famous among the naturals, just make sure your deep conditioner will allow your hair become more moisturized and strengthened with much less breakage.

THE LOC METHOD

For moisture that will last all week, try the LOC method when styling your hair. The LOC method consists of a leave-in conditioner to hydrate, an oil to seal the moisture, and a cream to define. This winter switch up, your light weight leave-in conditioner to heavy butters to surely seal in the moisture. I still use my LOC method to lock in the moisture and I personally love to use my homemade shea butter mix( Shea butter, olive oil, rosemary oil, lavender oil and avocado oil) to lock in that moisture and prevent any friziness. This trio is a triple threat when it comes to combating winter dryness!

Just take note, good results are often achieved by using products from the same brand and line because they are formulated to work together. However, if your favorite products come multiple brands, test their compatibility by rubbing a dime size of each together. Do they crumble when mixed? If so, the mixture is probably not going to work in your hair.

SLEEP IN SATIN

Sleeping on a cotton pillowcase can be damaging for your hair, causing unwanted breakage. If you’re not retaining length, that could be one reason. Instead, sleep in a satin bonnet or on a satin pillowcase every night to prevent friction, frizz, and dryness. This will also keep your hair looking fresh throughout the week.

OPEN UP WITH STEAM TREATMENTS

In order to take in all of the benefits of your favorite deep conditioner, do a steam treatment to open the hair follicles so the ingredients can successfully penetrate the shaft. Not only is the treatment great for your locks, but it’s also very relaxing. Sit under the hair steamer for approximately 20 minutes. If you do not have a steamer, you can steam your hair in the shower before rinsing your deep conditioner with cool water to close the follicles. Alternatively, you can incorporate more hot oil treatments on the wash day. Hot oil treatments, help to restore moisture, prevent breakage and adds more shine to the hair.

PROTECTIVE STYLYING

Well if you do suffer from hand in hair syndrome lols, protective styling can be of good help, this winter. Protective styling helps to tuck away our hair from the harsh weather conditions by allowing the ends of the hair being protected. Depending on which protective style you choose whether with your own hair – bantu knots, twists, flat twists, mini twists and cornrows, please do not neglect your hair. Just try to keep in the styles for more days to give your hair much needed break.

On the other hand, if you intend to keep your hair under wraps the majority of the winter, just keep them in for 2-8 weeks. Whether you decide to install straight back, crochet braids, box braids, faux locs, wigs and weaves, bear in mind to still shampoo and condition your hair.

PEPPERMINT OIL FOR DRY ITCHY SCALP

Many in the natural hair community stray from thicker oils and embrace more lightweight options, but castor oil is excellent for relieving a dry and itchy scalp during winter. Mix castor oil with a few drops of peppermint oil, simply massage into scalp daily and it will even promote hair growth especially for those who may be experiencing hair loss.

**So there you have it natties, tips to allow our hair to thrive this winter season! Please do share below if you any winter hair struggles or more additional good winter tips..**

 

With Love♡♡

Tarie

 

 

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Don’t Delay Your Blessing

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow to fulfil his promises as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

Have you ever being in a season were you are believing for a blessing from God, you have prayed,  fasted, are serving, commit to mountain prayer walks and still no change. The word does say, ask and it shall be given, knock and the door shall be opened etc but the blessing is still being withheld. Does this sound familiar? Being a child of God in such pressing times can seemingly be difficult to remain steadfast in his word and take heed to God’s precepts. With a long waiting period where nothing seems to be moving, you can easily tend to feel inadequate even to ask our Heavenly Father for anything from him. However, have you ever considered the condition of your heart (hmmm)?  As the word indicated, “But God is patient toward you” so essentially God loves us(You and l) so much to wait for us to reach a place of repentance. l have come to the realisation that sometimes it’s more of the heart and allowing yourself to let go of a place, the past, things, people or a person, that way God can work through us. Repentance means a change of heart and mind that brings us closer to God. When you have so much clutter in your life, you tend to go on about your business, to a larger extent you miss the mark but when you declutter the baggage or mess there’s so much freedom and awakening of your true self.

There’s a scripture that l was taught in my teens that says ‘Do not be deceived, God cannot be mocked'(Galatians 6:7). Although in the public eye you are serving, praying, fasting but if the condition of your heart is not pleasing before God, undoubtedly your blessing will delay#selfsabotage. At times when there’s a delay in a blessing, people tend to sought to other means to get answers but not knowing the answer lies in walking away from a certain habit, addiction, person or people. It’s never easy to walk away  within our own power but we have the Holy Spirit to guide us through it all. I recall a time in my life where things just seemed dead but l took time to myself and had a change of heart, truly things started to fall into place. The beauty when God blesses you, he just doesn’t bless you but he literally pours the blessings into your life!

Though we meet with affliction, we must go on in our obedience. Yes, we have faced missed opportunities but we must stay grounded in the word of God and allow the Holy Spirit to be centered in our decisions. God blesses us in good and in difficult times but the condition of our hearts also matter to him. Stay Blessed and be encouraged!

With Love

Tarie

 

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