Winter might pose challenges to natural hair care, but with the right techniques and a little extra attention, your curls, coils, and waves can stay beautiful and healthy all season long. By keeping your hair well-moisturized, embracing protective styles, and avoiding excessive heat, you can ensure your natural hair not only survives winter but thrives in it. In this blog post, we’ll explore six effective ways to care for your natural hair during the winter months.
1. Hydration is Key
One of the primary challenges during winter is maintaining moisture in your hair. The cold air outside and the warm, dry air indoors can wreak havoc on your curls. The air will withdraw the moisture from your hair leaving it extremely dry. This can cause breakage, knots, tangles, split ends, and much more. The best way to combat this is by using a hydrating leave-in conditioner or moisturizer. This will provide an extra layer of moisture and protection for your hair’s needs. Ensure to look for ingredients such as water, aloe vera, butter and oils.
2. Limit Washes
Frequent washing can strip your hair of its natural oils, leaving it dry and prone to breakage. During winter, try to limit your hair washes to twice a month. As well as you can also opt for your co-wash (conditioner used to cleanse and moisturise the hair). Use lukewarm water instead of hot water, as hot water can further dry out your scalp and hair strands.
3. Protective Styling
Protective styles like braids, twists, and buns can shield your hair from the harsh winter elements. These styles tuck away your ends, preventing them from being exposed to the cold air, and reducing the risk of breakage. Remember to keep your hair moisturized while it’s in a protective style to maintain its health and vitality.
4. Regular Deep Conditioning
Deep conditioning treatments are a naturalista’s best friend, especially in winter. Invest in a high-quality formulated deep conditioner with natural ingredients like honey, avocado, or coconut oil. You can also make your own deep conditioner at home using avocado as it is rich in fatty acids that will penetrate the hair and nourish it from the inside out. Do not skip out on your deep conditioning treatments. This must be done at least once a week to replenish your hair’s moisture and strengthen it from within.
5. Avoid Heat Styling
Excessive heat styling can further dry out your hair, leading to frizz and split ends. You can straighten your hair during the winter season however you should try to stretch the style for 6 weeks before you decide to apply heat again. You can also opt for styles to embrace your natural texture during winter and minimize the use of heat styling tools. If you must use them, apply a heat protectant spray to minimize damage and always use the lowest heat setting necessary.
6. Silk or Satin Pillowcases
Cotton pillowcases can absorb the natural oils from your hair, leaving it dry and tangled. Swap your cotton pillowcase for a silk or satin one. These materials cause less friction, allowing your hair to glide smoothly, and reducing breakage and split ends. You can opt for a satin scarf, bonnet, or
pillowcase to protect your curls at night. The satin-lined tools will aid in preserving your hairstyle for the next couple of days. You can also sleep with all 3 satin-lined tools for added protection.
Winter brings a lot of festive joy, but it also ushers in cold, dry weather that can wreak havoc on natural hair. As the temperature drops, it’s essential to adjust your hair care routine to keep your locks healthy and vibrant. Remember, consistency is key, so stick to your winter hair care routine, and you’ll emerge in spring with luscious, vibrant locks that will turn heads wherever you go.