How to care for your hair during Fall and Winter months.
If you live where winter weather occurs, then you’re likely familiar with the toll it takes on your hair. Winter weather is harsh on all hair types and textures. Just like skin, hair needs protection from the cold to remain soft and healthy. Defend your tresses from arctic air, whipping winds, static electricity, and even indoor heat. You want to have lovely locks to show off when spring (finally) comes!
Try these 10 winter hair care tips to keep your hair in great shape—even when it’s freezing outside:
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 LCO method of moisturizing - Liquid (or Leave-In),Cream and Oil or Pomade. - 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, butter or pomade helps keep your hair moisturized longer to prevent breakage that’s all too common in the fall and winter months.
3. DEEP CONDITION & DO HOT OIL TREATMENTS OFTEN
The more method of moisturizing the better. If you’ve been deep conditioning every two weeks or every month you may want to step your game up and go for weekly deep conditioning treatments and hot oil treatment every month as it gets colder out. A simple hot oil treatment will lead to stronger healthier hair and scalp.
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, weaves 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. AVOID HEAT STYLING
Allowing your hair to air dry is best. Blow drying draws moisture out of your hair increasing the chance of breakage. Heat-free drying helps keep your hair shiny and healthy. Short on time? Try taking your shower in the evening so your tresses can dry naturally overnight. Embrace your natural hair and air-dry whenever possible. When your hair is already delicate in the colder months, heat styling amplifies the issue and sucks the moisture right out of your strands. Refrain from straightening or curling your hair during the winter. Use this time to explore new styles like twists, braids, and buns.
8. SACLP CARE
Use nourishing plate-based oils to moisturize your scalp to reduce excessive dryness and itching. Remember the scalp is the birth place for healthy hair growth so keeping it in optimal condition is vital.
9. 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!
10. BUY A HUMIDIFER
Want to know a surprising way to fight dry hair in the winter? Use a humidifier. Indoor heating causes the air in your home to become very dry, pulling moisture out of your hair. Humidifiers help rehydrate the air to keep your hair looking lustrous.