Winter is at our doorstep… and if you don’t already know, it can be a particularly drying time for us natties.
In the winter months, we struggle with retaining moisture and preventing breakage. I would like to share some tips for Winter hair care.
Use a milder shampoo. By this, I mean using a sulphate-free shampoo (if you are not already using one). Loreal Low Foaming shampoo as well as Intrinsicurly Me Cleanser are really good creamy cleansers. Leaves my hair nourished after a wash. Naiobi’s Olive, which is an organic product, has a really nice clay wash shampoo which is low foaming as well. Curl Chemistry Shampoo is also a low foaming but effective shampoo. My Natural Hair shampoo is another sulphate free shampoo that I prefer.
Deep condition for 20-30 minutes. Too often, people skip deep conditioning because they “don’t have enough time”. But all you need is 20-30 minutes, preferably with heat — it will suffice. Apply your deep conditioner, whichever brand you prefer or a homemade mixture. I usually wrap my hair with clingwrap… sssssssshhhhhhh… and put my Deep Condition Heat Cap on (Check out my shop). I usually buy extra clingwrap instead of those disposable shower caps. LOL #groceries
Wash your hair less often. Allow your scalp to create its own oils. If you wash your hair twice a week… try and cut it down to once a week. Shampooing too often can dry out your hair/scalp as well.
Pre-poo your hair before you wash. This means applying your favourite oil (mine is avocado) or oils to your hair and using heat to open your cuticles for a nice treatment before shampooing. This protects your hair from the drying out of the shampoo… you know that dry strum feeling after a shampoo? Yeah… that!
Invest in a good deep conditioner… NO, I don’t mean normal wash out conditioner. Get a hair mask/treatment that is meant to deeply penetrate and moisturise your hair. My current favourite is Buuya Beauty Intense Hair mask, a bit pricy but worth it. My other fave is My Natural Hair Hydration mask… BUT… above all of those, a nice avocado treatment is MAGIC for my hair!
Steam your hair. The key to moisture is water. During winter, the dry, winter air leaves our strands thirsty. To avoid wetting your hair on a regular basis, try steaming your hair. You can simply steam your hair while taking a shower… all you do is leave off the shower cap and allow the steam to work for you. (This is not for Cape Town folks. We can’t take long showers LOL you will have to put a plastic packet on your hair, a hot wet cloth or towel on top of that and then another packet over that to create steam) Honestly, I can’t wait for the QRedew, handheld steamer, to hit South Africa. ANYWAY…
Protect your hair from the cold, winter weather by wearing a satin-lined beanie, or a doek with satin protection underneath. Even if you are wearing a hoodie, try and get the inside of the hood lined with Satin.
Trim your ends. The winter air is dry and can cause brittle hair. Try and dust them off when you can.
VERY IMPORTANT… seal your ends with a butter to protect them from the air. I love shea butter but I’m rekindling my love for avo butter again. If you are not one for thick butters for your hair, just do the ends…
@NatOrga, Vana Naturals or Shea by design stocks shea butter and african soap.
Protect your ends. You can tuck your ends away with simple styles like a bun or twists (seal your ends of course) and pin it back or wear it under a satin-lined beanie.
Massage your scalp regularly for about 10mins. Jamaican black castor oil or jojoba oil is really good for your scalp.
Drink lots of water. Hydrate and nourish your body from the inside out. Healthy hair starts from within so drink up!
Try and stay away from humectants. If you are a DIY mixtress, don’t use glycerine or honey in your Deep conditioner. Humectants help draw moisture from the air into your hair in Summer… but in Winter, it has the opposite effect. The dry air draws the moisture out of your hair.
Always use the LOC method to correctly moisturise your hair. To explain, L stands for Liquid/Leave in conditioner. O stands for Oil. C stands for cream (could also be G for Gel). The LOC method is simply the order in which you apply your products when sealing your hair. Basically what I am saying is… SEAL YOUR HAIR lol
After rinsing your treatment off, apply your leave in conditioner to soaking wet hair, then your oil to seal in the moisture and then a cream for styling. You could also try the LCO method if you notice the LOC doesn’t help…
Be gentle with your hair. It may be drier than in other months. Dry, brittle hair is more fragile. Even if you are properly moisturising your hair, you should take the time to properly detangle your hair. If your hair feels dry and brittle, first spritz with water or steam it before handling and detangling.
ALWAYS WEAR SATIN PROTECTION AT NIGHT… This is not news to you. I’ve been preaching it since day 1. It is so important to protect your hair, especially in winter. Your hair will thank you for it in Summer!
I hope this has made you a bit more aware of your hair in the next few months. Thank you for taking the time to read my tips