Natural Hair Tips to Keep Your Curls Dazzling This Winter
There may be many things to appreciate about winter, but for your natural hair, the dry air and harsh winds usually lead to lifeless curls. Cold weather takes a toll on your hair and scalp, making it lose a ton of moisture and leaving it dry and dull. Not to mention how the low humidity weakens your hair and makes it susceptible to breakage.
With that said, it is important to ensure that you practise some TLC on your hair during winter. Just like your skin, your hair needs protection from the cold to remain moisturised and healthy.
We’ve curated an essential hair care survival guide for those colder days. With these tips and tricks, you’re guaranteed to keep your hair healthy and happy throughout the winter months.
Protective styling is a must
To prevent breakage, protective styling should be your go-to. There are so many protective styles to choose from. Bantu knots, wigs, braids, crochet – you can pick a fighter according to your hair type and personal style. As long as the hair beneath is properly taken care of, the style you use really doesn’t matter.
Wigs can be your go-to because you can control the pressure that you put on your scalp when flat-twisting your hair. However, it is important to remember that protective hairstyles also need maintenance such as wash day and applying lightweight oil to keep your roots moisturised.
Use the L.O.C. (Liquid, Oil, Cream) method
The LOC method plays an important role in healthy hair maintenance. Including it in your hair care routine can help you thoroughly nourish your hair and retain moisture. During the winter months, it is especially important to properly moisturise your hair to avoid breakage and dryness.
Opt for anti-humectant to seal in moisture
An anti-humectant is an oil such as shea-butter or coconut oil. These products are crafted to protect your hair from losing moisture especially in dry winter air. Our current go to anti-humectant is shea-butter because it keeps our hair healthy and strong.
Trim your hair ends regularly
We recently discovered that trimming your ends during winter time is vital. Regular trims are important for maintaining healthy ends and avoiding breakage. By removing damaged hairs, trimming promotes healthy hair growth and stops the spread of split ends.
After you’ve trimmed your ends, don’t forget to seal your ends to reduce splitting and breakage. Use a heavy oil or butter to seal your ends to protect them from the dry air. We recommend shea-butter and caster oil for this.
Go easy on the shampoo
Sulphates and other ingredients that shampoo comprises are detrimental to hair growth and health. Instead of using shampoo excessively, lean more towards co-washing to ensure that your hair is clean and still has some moisture.
Deep condition your hair
Last but certainly not least, deep condition your hair! Our wash day routine always consists of deep conditioning. This step penetrates every strand of your hair with moisture and nutrients. The more you condition your hair, the healthier it becomes. There are many different types of conditioners which can be used depending on your hair type and treatment. Ideally, deep conditioning should be done weekly when you’re washing your hair.