If you have natural hair you know that no two hair days are ever the same. So here are a few things to add to your routine during winter to help you on your way.
Use a sulphate free shampoo and co-wash more often. Sulphate strips everything from the hair including good natural oils so using a sulphate free shampoo is always a better choice. As well as this, co-washing more often will also aid in keeping your hair moisturised.
Deep condition once a week. Yes! this can be time consuming but it’s essential to maintaining moisture during the winter months. You don’t necessarily have to do it overnight, even doing it for 30 minutes will help. Try using steam to help your deep conditioner penetrate the hair shaft.
Avoid humectants during the winter months. Humectants are an important ingredient used in many cosmetics that prevent the loss of moisture, many of them actively attract moisture! Humectants are great during the summer as they draw moisture from the humid air and into your hair, unfortunately during the winter months the opposite is true and the effects will be dry hair!
Seal the ends of your hair They are the oldest parts of your hair and need the most TLC. I use the L.O.C method (Liquid. Oil. Cream) This will make sure the moisture is locked in. Check the first ingredient of your moisturiser is always water (Aqua)
Wear a silk bonnet every night. Pillow cases (Usually made of cotton) absorb moisture, silk does not so wearing a silk bonnet will protect your hair and keep it moisturised during the night. Personally if i’m not leaving the house I also wear mine during the day. A good alternative to a silk bonnet would be a silk pillow case.
Hands off! Try to keep your hands of your hair as much as possible. Protective styles like wigs and weaves are perfect for those cold winter months.
Drink water and eat well! Water! Water! Water! Hydrating from the inside is the first step to keeping your hair moisturised! Secondly you need to make sure you’re eating a balanced diet to ensure your hair is getting everything it needs. This is so essential! We put so much effort and time into our luscious manes skipping this step won’t give you the results you want or deserve.
Your hair is unique! Remember you can get all the advice and guidance in the world off the internet but only you know your hair. Everyones hair is different and just like people everyones hair loves and dislikes different things. Some people even have more then one hair type on their head. So listen to your hair, try things out and when you find out what works for you, keep it. You don’t have to have the same routine as someone else!