Depending on where you live, the winter season can be a series of bone chilling cold days, mixed with blustering wintery storms, and freezing rain and snow! The harsh cold temps and freezing precipitation alone is enough to cause damage to your hair. The constant temperature changes from going in and out of the cold robs your hair of precious moisture. Add to that, the cold air is dryer and wearing hats to keep warm dries our hair out even more. It’s a wonder we aren’t completely bald by the time it warms up!
That being said keeping your hair healthy in the winter is no easy feat, but it is completely doable. Here are my top 10 Winter Hair Care tips to keep your hair healthy this winter:
31. Avoid Humectants. The nature of the humectants is to draw moisture from the air into the hair. That being said, the cold will freeze the water onto your hair causing it to break. This is the opposite of my normal routine. I love to add honey to my conditioners and I even have a “Honey Be Natural” hair care treatment.
32. Limit Wash and Go’s. Obviously if you live in a more tropical area you don’t have to worry as much, but just as the above, the water can freeze on your hair causing dryness and breakage.
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33. Employ protective styling. Low manipulation styles limit the pulling, reducing the amount of hair loss, and decreasing the chances for breakage. For this reason many naturals use protective styling year round. Caution make sure your hair is clean and well moisturized, and don’t leave the style in too long.
34. Keep your hair and scalp clean and free of build up. Now in my research I’ve seen all kinds of advice, limit washes, increase washes, use shampoo, don’t use shampoo, everyone has a different opinion! The bottom line is your hair and scalp need to be clean and free of debris and toxins the can cause dryness and breakage.
35. Use the LOC or LCO method daily. This will go along way to saving that coveted moisture and decreasing the chance for hair loss.
36. Replace your oils with heavier butters. Now adding butters that seal is the key. And if you add butter you definitely need to use shampoo. Co washing most likely will not cleanse your hair well enough.
37. Try a Black Tea or Coffee rinse to reduce shedding. I use the method about once a month, it also helps to add shine to the hair.
38. Wear a satin lined hat, or what I do is put a silk or satin scarf under my hat. This limits the friction and pulling from the knit or wool, and protects the hair from loosing moisture to the material of the hat.
39. Deep condition. I might add this to every post. Deep conditioning is an important aspect of every healthy hair regimen.
40. Eat a balanced diet and get exercise. This is not easy in the winter. Hell it’s never easy but less so in the colder months. Cold weather and comfort food go hand in hand, and it’s just easier to go out and exercise when it’s warm. Make sure to get your water in. In the warmer months we tend to drink more water to cool off. So make sure you get your water in, and eat green veggies to feed are hair the nutrients it needs. Exercise increases your circulation and helps remove toxins in the body which feeds the hair.
if you’ve missed the first 3 post here are the links👇
We have Natural Hair Basics ( here) Natural Hair Care Basics ( here ) and Wash Day tips ( here).
Stay tuned we will be expanding more on some of these topics for future posts. What are some things you add are take away from your normal regimen in the colder months?
For more winter hair care tips check out “Don’t Fall Off”