1. Beware of wool and other moisture-snatching fabrics. All the things that keep us warm like wool coats and heavy scarves can rub against our hair and cause it to break. The fix? You can protect the hair with a silk or satin scarf that lines the inside of a wool hat or acts as a barrier when used as a layering piece with your wool coat or scarf. It’s also important to use a silk or satin scarf and/or pillowcase to protect your hair at night.
2. Limit your usage of heat. We know excessive heat can wreck havoc on our tresses so continue to limit or even avoid using it especially during the colder months. For natural hair and locks, is best to try “setting” the hair in braids or twists.
3. Moisture and seal. Moisture is important to our hair year-round but it’s essentially important during the winter. Alternate between a deep conditioning treatment like one from your kitchen (see my post on Deep conditioner love:Hair treatment from the Kitchen on December 17th ) or Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask . How often you alternate will depend on the condition of your hair (if it feels hard and brittle when wet, deep condition; if it feels gummy when wet, protein). Every six weeks or so try a deeper protein treatment like a homemade mix.
In addition to your conditioners, it’s imperative to use a good daily moisturizer and then seal with a natural oil (unrefined coconut oil and Castor is my fave). To do simply divide the hair into workable sections and work in your moisturizer paying special attention to the ends. Then take a pea sized amount or how much ever of your oil that you need and work it into the hair. Careful not to use too much oil to avoid overly oily strands.
Below are few products that you may also use to help restore or maintain moisture during the cold months.
Thank you for reading. Feel free to add your own winter hair savers in the comments.