The winter is on it’s way, if you live in the North its basically already here. Christmas music, candy cans, gifts, santa clause……split ends, brittle hair, hair battle with hats, hair snags from neck scarves…you catch my drift its not all fun in the sun/snow these days. Don’t let all of your hair goals go down the drain now that the frigid weather is upon us. With a little more tender love and care, your hair can thrive through the winter as well.
Hot Oil Treatments
Not only is it relaxing to run warm moisturizing goodness through your hair and scalp, its a great way to pre-treat your hair prior to a good winter time shampoo. This makes sure that your hair doesn’t completely dry own from cleansing it. Try coating your hair with olive oil and sit with either a hot towel or heating cap on your head for 15-30 min.
Condition and Then Condition Some More
Finding a good conditioner is key to keeping your hair soft, manageable, and strong. Make sure you are balancing your conditioner use between both a moisturizing and protein based formula. If you aren’t one to use both a deep and leave in condition, you should certainly reconsider it at least for the winter months. Find a light leave in that won’t weigh your locks down, but still gives it that added bit of moisture. I particularly like to use silicone based leave ins and serums, as they not only help lock in the moisture in my hair, they keep my frizz at bay.
I know I know, you worked all summer to get your hair to be as beautiful as it is, and the cool months are the best time to show it off. You don’t have the humidity to worry about, the heat won’t make you sweat, and lets just be real no one is expecting you to go anywhere near a pool…but the winter is not your hair’s friend. Make sure you protect your hair as much as you can! You can do this with natural styles like bantu knots, buns, twists, braids, or even wigs and weaves. Cold wind will throw all your good progress down the drain, so the more you hide that hair this winter the better.
BEWARE of the Hat
Hats, though can make a bundled up outdoor outfit look at tad bit cuter, your hair is screaming for help underneath. The wool and cotton is not only drying to the hair, it rips, tugs, and pulls out your strands! I try to combat this by investing in a a silk/polyester durag/cap. Put this on over your hair before you top it off with the hat. It will provide your hair with a protective layer, and you can still get your warmth on.
TRIM, TRIM, TRIM
I think I am more afraid of scissors than I am water when it comes to my hair. The thought of chopping off my hard earned locks hurts my soul. If there is any time better to get a good trim though, its the winter time. The last thing you want is for your hair to have split ends, and the winter weather just take them on a field day. By the end of the winter your hair will look like that of a scarecrow…no pretty.