Naturals are you looking for ways to keep your hair moisturized during the winter? Ahhhh winter! It’s actually my favorite time of the year don’t judge me. But I hate to be hot believe it or not I’m actually a tropical baby. I was born in the Caribbean so you’d think I would have gotten used to hotter weather by now. But no! I prefer to be cold rather than hot.
During the winter the weather tends to be more brutal on your hair. Between the cold weather outside combined with indoor heat can cause damage to your hair strands all of which can lead to breakage and split ends.
So honey make sure to give your hair some extra love and care this winter. Now is not the time to neglect your hair. Just because you’re protective styling does not mean you can skip deep conditioning and sealing your hair ends. If anything you need to deep condition your hair throughout this winter like your life depends on it. Oh and if you’re thinking about adding any dye to your hair this winter we recommend you opting for a darker color versus lighter color.
Lighter colors like blonde are damaging to the hair strands. They are extremely hard to maintain during the winter. Something I had to learn the hard way. I dyed my hair post big chop in the middle of the winter and boy did I regret it. I spent my entire winter struggling to keep my hair moisturized and prevent it from breakage. I had tons of split ends and I was unable to retain length. Last summer I was able to figure out where I went wrong and give my hair some TLC and bring it back to life.
HERE ARE 10 WAYS TO KEEP YOUR HAIR MOISTURIZED THIS WINTER IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER:
DEEP CONDITION LIKE YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON IT:
Yes naturals, as I stated earlier do NOT skip out on deep conditioning your hair. It is vital to continue to deep conditioning your hair during the winter. The purpose of a deep conditioner is to TEMPORARILY repair and nourish the hair cuticles with higher viscosity. Deep conditioners are like a temporary fix. It’s something you should do regularly. It can help prevent heat damage and replace moisture and protein in your hair shaft. If your hair is dry and brittle it makes it easy to snap or break with tension. Especially if you don’t do low manipulation styles on your hair.
The overall goal is to prevent breakage so you need to nourish, strengthen and always keep your hair moisturized. When you deep condition your hair often it helps to restore the elasticity of your hair and prevent hair loss. If you don’t know much about deep conditioning or need some recommendation, check out this article How Often Should You Deep Condition Your Hair? I shared 6 deep conditioners and explained the importance of deep conditioning.
Yes, pre-poo naturals! I know many naturals thinks it’s a waste of time. But Pre-pooing your hair before shampooing is truly beneficial especially in the wintertime. Adding extra moisture to your hair while you detangle your hair is a great way for length retention in the long run. Every strand counts. If you don’t know what pre-pooing is, it’s a treatment you can apply to your hair prior to adding shampoo or conditioner. Pre-pooing your hair before a wash helps to detangle your hair and avoid losing excess hair during the washing of your hair. You can apply it before the shampoo stage. It’s an extra step in one’s natural hair care regimen to protect your hair against the harsh stripping of the hair in the shampoo stage. It decreases the risk of dryness after shampooing your hair. If you want to know more about pre-pooing and how to apply pre-poo to your hair check out “My Hair Regimen for High Porosity Hair.”
L.O.C/L.C.O METHOD: (Leave-in Conditioner, Oil and Cream OR Leave-in, Cream and Oil:
The LOC method is a great way to keep your hair moisturized throughout winter. This system is used to moisturize natural hair in three simple steps. Using cream after you have applied the oil to your hair helps to seal as much moisture to your hair as possible. You want to ensure you’re using oil to seal in the moisture to your mane. I also talk more about the L.O.C method in “My Hair Regimen for High Porosity Hair.”
SCALP MASSAGES WITH OIL:
If you’re into scalp massages (and you should be) I recommend doing scalp massages with your favorite essential oil 3-5 times a week during the winter to help promote hair growth. By massaging the oil to your scalp you are ensuring the root of your hair is also being moisturized as the hair grows out of your scalp, it’s being strengthened. If you did not know, studies have shown daily scalp massage increases blood circulation to the hair follicles, conditions the scalp and boosts the strength of the hair roots. It also helps thicken the hair and can reverse the loss of hair. Massaging the scalp opens up blood vessels to increase flow and boost circulation. Hair growth has a lot to do with blood circulation. If you don’t know what oils to use checkout 5 Oils for Hair Growth.
LOW MANIPULATION/PROTECTIVE HAIRSTYLES:
If you’re protective styling with box braids (extensions) I recommend that in between styles please give your hair a break to treat it. Go easy on your edges Sis, you need your edges. Summer is right around the corner. Too much friction is not good for your hair. Also, do not over manipulate your hair with constant styling.
HOT OIL TREATMENTS:
If you have a dry scalp or brittle hair try doing a hot oil treatment once a month to help strengthen and seal moisture to your hair. Hot Oil treatments also add shine, help prevent split ends, frizz and protect from dandruff.
I don’t think I need to go into details about how important it is to sleep with a silk scarf, bonnet, or pillowcase. But please do!
AVOID WASH N GO:
Now I know it’s not my place to tell anyone what to do or what not to do with their hair. But Sis please limit your wash n go’s this winter, especially if you live on the east coast (colder weather).
As naturals, we should be avoiding heat at all times. But if you choose to use heat please use a heat protectant. My favorite is Tresseme Heat Tamer. I’ve been using this heat tamer for over 5 years and it has never failed me. I’ve never suffered from heat damage while using this heat tamer to blow my hair out.
COWASH OR — USE A MOISTURIZING SHAMPOO:
It’s really up to you. Some people choose to co-wash more during the winter because they don’t want to strip their hair of all its natural oils. There are some great moisturizing shampoos out there that do not strip the hair of its natural oils. You can check out “5 Best Moisturizing Shampoo for Type 4 Hair.
Naturals I hope you found this article helpful. What are some other ways to keep your hair moisturized during the winter that was not mentioned? Drop a comment below, I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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