How to care for your hair during Fall and Winter months.
This is the most important part of our hair care regimen and for good reason! Our kinky and curly strands are more prone to dryness than looser/straighter textures because, due to their shape, the natural sebum produced by the scalp has a harder time traveling down the hair shaft. This is why it’s important when moisturizing to pay special attention to the ends, since it’s the oldest part of your hair and likely the driest.
Using the LOC method of moisturizing - Liquid (or Leave-In). Oil. Cream. - is popular among naturals but the order depends on the person and their hair needs. But, whichever order you use LOC or LCO, you may find that you need to moisturize more often during the cooler months or switch out your summer faves for others that are a bit heavier to give your hair some extra protection against the cold.
2. USE HEAVIER BUTTERS/OILS TO SEAL
To create a stronger layer of protection from the cold air, using something heavier to seal the moisture into your hair strands is recommended. Of course, use what works best for your hair structure, whether it’s thin and fine or thick and course. Sealing your hair with an oil or butter helps keep your hair moisturized longer to prevent breakage that’s all too common in the fall and winter months.
3. DEEP CONDITION OFTEN
The more method of moisturizing, the better. If you’ve been deep conditioning every two weeks or with every other wash day, you may want to step your game up and go for weekly deep conditioning treatments as it gets colder out.
4. STEAM YOUR HAIR
The lack of moisture in the winter air can have a damaging effect on our strands which need a lot of help in the moisture department as-is. Steaming helps combat that by opening up the hair cuticle and adding moisture (water) all in one step. Imagine how much more effective deep conditioning would be when you steam along with it! If you can’t spare the coins for a steamer just yet, try wearing a shower cap and then wrapping a towel on top for a similar effect.
5. DRINK MORE WATER
Nothing keeps your hair moisturized more than starting from the inside by drinking lots of
pure water. This can be hard to do as the weather gets cooler, but your hair will thank you! About 64 ounces per day is a common recommendation but how much you need depends on your body and lifestyle. The easiest way to know if you’re drinking enough is to look at the color of your urine. If it’s pale or clear, you’re good! A darker yellow means you could use more water in your diet.
6. PROTECTIVE STYLING
Protective styling helps you retain length and is equally as amazing for retaining moisture! This is why so many turn to protective styling with braids and such to just keep their hair away from the cold altogether to lessen the chances of damage. If you’re a girl on the go, this may be the best option for you. Also remember to still care for your own hair underneath your protective style, by keeping it moisturized and hydrated by spritzing with our nourishing and conditioning hair milk or a liquid leave-in.
7. COVER YOUR HAIR
As it gets cooler out, the easiest way to shield your hair from the harsh weather is to cover it with a hat or a cute head wrap. When these are made of cotton or wool, which can strip the hair of moisture, rock a satin scarf underneath, look for satin-lined options or DIY if you’re feeling crafty!