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HOW TO PROPERLY MOISTURIZE NATURAL HAIR THIS WINTER HOW TO PROPERLY MOISTURIZE NATURAL HAIR THIS WINTER

In the winter months not only do you have to worry about protecting your body from the cold temperatures but also your fragile hair. Your natural hair is most vulnerable during the cold season. By now we should all know how crucial moisture is for natural hair to be healthy.  In the winter, it is important to ensure that our curly strands are adequately moisturized. The aggressive cold winds and low temperatures consistently draw out moisture from the hair making it much harder to retain moisture. This can leave hair dry and tangled, ultimately causing hair breakage. Additionally, you are likely to see more split ends and fairy knots. You want to take appropriate steps to optimize the amount of moisture your hair should absorb and retain.

 

  • WASH YOUR HAIR  

 

It is very easy to put off washing your natural hair because of the cold weather. Postponing your wash days is detrimental to your hair's moisture retention. Washing hair is a fundamental step for optimizing moisture absorption. By using shampoo regularly, you are able to get rid of any dirt, product buildup, or gunk in the hair. Especially vital considering how heavy-handed we tend to get with products in the winter. With freshly washed hair, the scalp is unclogged  and the hair cuticles are able to absorb moisture effortlessly. 

 

  • L.C.O/L.O.C METHOD

 

Stands for liquid cream oil or liquid oil cream. This method involves layering products in a sequential order. Layering products in the winter is a fantastic way of ascertaining your hair absorbs and retains as much moisture as possible. Both involve  adding moisture twice  and a sealant but in different orders. Your liquids can be water, but primarily a leave-in conditioner that will give your hair that added boost of hydration. The cream is your puddings, style creams, or curl cream. Go for stylers that have moisturizing agents such as aloe vera and rose water.  The oils are your oils and butters that seal in the moisture. This will help retain moisture for longer periods.

 

  • DEEP CONDITION 

 

During the cold months hair is prone to wear and tear which has the potential to weaken the integrity of your natural hair. Deep conditioners are essential in the winter months. They are intense treatments formulated to penetrate into your hair cuticle to repair bond structure, hydrate, repair damage, and maintain the health of your natural hair. This cold season your ends are likely drier than usual so increase the amount of time you deep condition a month. Your natural hair will get that extra care and hydrated need to stay moisturized this season. 

 

  • ADD HEAT

 

Applying indirect heat to your hair naturally opens the cuticles encouraging more moisture absorption. There are plenty of ways heat can be added to hair care: 

  • use a hair steamer when applying your moisturizers, stylers, and deep conditioners.  
  • Saturate hair with warm water before your usual wash day routine.
  • Heat your products with warm water before use. 

 

Intentionally curate your natural hair care routine to heavily focus on moisture retention. Moisture will ensure protection against damage and that the hair remains healthy, strong, soft, and hydrated this winter. 

 

In the winter months not only do you have to worry about protecting your body from the cold temperatures but also your fragile hair. Your natural hair is most vulnerable during the cold season. By now we should all know how crucial moisture is for natural hair to be healthy.  In the winter, it is important to ensure that our curly strands are adequately moisturized. The aggressive cold winds and low temperatures consistently draw out moisture from the hair making it much harder to retain moisture. This can leave hair dry and tangled, ultimately causing hair breakage. Additionally, you are likely to see more split ends and fairy knots. You want to take appropriate steps to optimize the amount of moisture your hair should absorb and retain.

 

  • WASH YOUR HAIR  

 

It is very easy to put off washing your natural hair because of the cold weather. Postponing your wash days is detrimental to your hair's moisture retention. Washing hair is a fundamental step for optimizing moisture absorption. By using shampoo regularly, you are able to get rid of any dirt, product buildup, or gunk in the hair. Especially vital considering how heavy-handed we tend to get with products in the winter. With freshly washed hair, the scalp is unclogged  and the hair cuticles are able to absorb moisture effortlessly. 

 

  • L.C.O/L.O.C METHOD

 

Stands for liquid cream oil or liquid oil cream. This method involves layering products in a sequential order. Layering products in the winter is a fantastic way of ascertaining your hair absorbs and retains as much moisture as possible. Both involve  adding moisture twice  and a sealant but in different orders. Your liquids can be water, but primarily a leave-in conditioner that will give your hair that added boost of hydration. The cream is your puddings, style creams, or curl cream. Go for stylers that have moisturizing agents such as aloe vera and rose water.  The oils are your oils and butters that seal in the moisture. This will help retain moisture for longer periods.

 

  • DEEP CONDITION 

 

During the cold months hair is prone to wear and tear which has the potential to weaken the integrity of your natural hair. Deep conditioners are essential in the winter months. They are intense treatments formulated to penetrate into your hair cuticle to repair bond structure, hydrate, repair damage, and maintain the health of your natural hair. This cold season your ends are likely drier than usual so increase the amount of time you deep condition a month. Your natural hair will get that extra care and hydrated need to stay moisturized this season. 

 

  • ADD HEAT

 

Applying indirect heat to your hair naturally opens the cuticles encouraging more moisture absorption. There are plenty of ways heat can be added to hair care: 

  • use a hair steamer when applying your moisturizers, stylers, and deep conditioners.  
  • Saturate hair with warm water before your usual wash day routine.
  • Heat your products with warm water before use. 

 

Intentionally curate your natural hair care routine to heavily focus on moisture retention. Moisture will ensure protection against damage and that the hair remains healthy, strong, soft, and hydrated this winter. 

 

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