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HOW TO CARE FOR NATURAL HAIR DURING THE WINTER SEASON HOW TO CARE FOR NATURAL HAIR DURING THE WINTER SEASON

 

Winter is a tough season for your delicate curly strands. The weather is cold and windy making natural hair most vulnerable to hair breakage and damage. It is crucial to adopt natural hair care practices that cater to this weather.  With this cold season, it is windier, hair can easily tangle matt up, and dry air will suck the moisture out of your hair. All this makes natural curly hair prone to dryness and breakage which will deteriorate the health and length of the curls.  Below we give you tips to help you protect and care for your hair during the winter season.

 

  1. MOISTURE 

 

Moisture is essential for natural hair to thrive. During the winter months, our delicate curly hair is more prone to extreme dryness. The curls dry much faster due to the cold temperatures. Additionally, the heavy cold winter winds cause more friction in the curls which dries out the hair. You want your natural hair to retain as much moisture as possible during the winter. It can feel like a challenging task for many naturals to properly moisturize the hair in the cold months. When the hair is unmoisturized, it is dry, tangles easily, is not easy to manage, and hair is brittle making it more prone to breakage. The most ideal way to hydrate the hair is to add moisture to every step of your hair care routine. This is can be done by;

  • Adding moisture during the wash process by use of water and clarifying hair to remove impurities and allow hair to absorb moisture.
  • Deep conditioning the hair more regularly so that the deep conditioner penetrates into the hair cuticles and moisturizes the hair. Use a leave-in conditioner for that added an extra boost of moisture. 
  • Add another layer of moisture through your product styler to ascertain the curls get adequate moisture.

 

  1. KNITTED HATS AND SCARVES 

 

The cold winds are your curls' enemies. It is important to protect your hair from this with a hat or even a head scarf. You naturally want to cover up your body and stay warm with scarves, ear muffs, or hats. Unfortunately, this tends to  cause a lot of friction and damage  to the curls leading to matting and dryness. Go for clothing that is lined with satin or silk fabric that will protect the curls and help retain moisture whilst you still keep warm.

 

  1. BUTTERS AND OILS

 

In the winter season, your hair is more prone to drying, and simply adding moisture is not enough. Anti-humectants such as butter and oil prevent the cold and dry weather from taking moisture from your natural hair. Butters and oils are amazing as they will nourish, lubricate, protect the hair strands and seal in the moisture. They will keep the hair hydrated until your next wash day. If you have thick hair opt for the heavy butters and oils and if you have fine hair light oils work better.

 

  1. LOW MAINTENANCE & PROTECTIVE STYLE

 

Split ends and fairy knots are pretty common during the winter season thanks to the cold air and heavy winds which cause   tangling and matting. You want to get  hairstyles that will keep your natural hair protected. Low-maintenance styles and protective styles are perfect for this winter weather as there is less manipulation with little to no styling required. Low-maintenance styles such as two-strand twists, three strands braids, buns, chunky braids, or halo braids are a great way to keep the ends protected until the next wash day. Long-term protective styles such as box braids, faux locs, wigs, cornrows, or passion twists are great protective fall styles that keep hair away for long periods of time allowing your natural hair to rest, rejuvenate, and stay protected.

 

You have to be intentional about caring for your natural hair during the winter season. Adjust your natural hair regimen to protect and maintain the overall health of your natural hair.

 

Winter is a tough season for your delicate curly strands. The weather is cold and windy making natural hair most vulnerable to hair breakage and damage. It is crucial to adopt natural hair care practices that cater to this weather.  With this cold season, it is windier, hair can easily tangle matt up, and dry air will suck the moisture out of your hair. All this makes natural curly hair prone to dryness and breakage which will deteriorate the health and length of the curls.  Below we give you tips to help you protect and care for your hair during the winter season.

 

  1. MOISTURE 

 

Moisture is essential for natural hair to thrive. During the winter months, our delicate curly hair is more prone to extreme dryness. The curls dry much faster due to the cold temperatures. Additionally, the heavy cold winter winds cause more friction in the curls which dries out the hair. You want your natural hair to retain as much moisture as possible during the winter. It can feel like a challenging task for many naturals to properly moisturize the hair in the cold months. When the hair is unmoisturized, it is dry, tangles easily, is not easy to manage, and hair is brittle making it more prone to breakage. The most ideal way to hydrate the hair is to add moisture to every step of your hair care routine. This is can be done by;

  • Adding moisture during the wash process by use of water and clarifying hair to remove impurities and allow hair to absorb moisture.
  • Deep conditioning the hair more regularly so that the deep conditioner penetrates into the hair cuticles and moisturizes the hair. Use a leave-in conditioner for that added an extra boost of moisture. 
  • Add another layer of moisture through your product styler to ascertain the curls get adequate moisture.

 

  1. KNITTED HATS AND SCARVES 

 

The cold winds are your curls' enemies. It is important to protect your hair from this with a hat or even a head scarf. You naturally want to cover up your body and stay warm with scarves, ear muffs, or hats. Unfortunately, this tends to  cause a lot of friction and damage  to the curls leading to matting and dryness. Go for clothing that is lined with satin or silk fabric that will protect the curls and help retain moisture whilst you still keep warm.

 

  1. BUTTERS AND OILS

 

In the winter season, your hair is more prone to drying, and simply adding moisture is not enough. Anti-humectants such as butter and oil prevent the cold and dry weather from taking moisture from your natural hair. Butters and oils are amazing as they will nourish, lubricate, protect the hair strands and seal in the moisture. They will keep the hair hydrated until your next wash day. If you have thick hair opt for the heavy butters and oils and if you have fine hair light oils work better.

 

  1. LOW MAINTENANCE & PROTECTIVE STYLE

 

Split ends and fairy knots are pretty common during the winter season thanks to the cold air and heavy winds which cause   tangling and matting. You want to get  hairstyles that will keep your natural hair protected. Low-maintenance styles and protective styles are perfect for this winter weather as there is less manipulation with little to no styling required. Low-maintenance styles such as two-strand twists, three strands braids, buns, chunky braids, or halo braids are a great way to keep the ends protected until the next wash day. Long-term protective styles such as box braids, faux locs, wigs, cornrows, or passion twists are great protective fall styles that keep hair away for long periods of time allowing your natural hair to rest, rejuvenate, and stay protected.

 

You have to be intentional about caring for your natural hair during the winter season. Adjust your natural hair regimen to protect and maintain the overall health of your natural hair.

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