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.
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..**