Aren’t you sick and tired of the cold weather, or is it just me? I’m ready for Summer to come back! But, until then, we have to learn how to deal with the cold air while trying to maintain the overall health of our natural hair.
It can be easy for your hair to become dry and brittle during this time of the year, so it’s important to find ways to prevent the harsh, cold air from wreaking havoc on your curls.
I came up with some tips on how you can maintain healthy natural hair during the Winter. I’ve been following these tips and I can honestly say my hair has still continued to thrive. That’s exactly what you want too, right? Our natural hair should be flourishing 24/7!
Deep Condition Weekly
You already know how important deep conditioning is. However, if you want to maintain healthy natural hair during the Winter, it’s important to stay on top of it. This isn’t the time to slack off and become lazy with your regimen! All you need is 30 minutes to provide your hair with some nourishment and TLC.
The cold weather and heaters you have in your house can strip your hair of its moisture. It’s important to add that moisture back into your hair every wash day using a quality deep conditioner.
Moisturized natural hair = healthy hair!
Keep Your Ends Trimmed
I hope you received a fresh trim before the season changed, but if you didn’t, it’s not too late. You want to get rid of any split ends before they begin to take a toll on the health of your hair. If you hang on to split ends, they will eventually travel up and cause more damage, which will lead to breakage.
There’s no certain schedule to follow when it comes to trimming your hair. Some naturals receive trims every 6-8 weeks while others may only do them twice a year.
It depends on YOUR hair how often you need a trim. If you notice the following signs, then it’s time for a fresh trim:
- Increased tangles and knots
- Dry, brittle ends
- See-through ends
- Less curl definition
This is the time of year where you see many naturals taking advantage of protective styling. Why is that? Like we discussed above, the cold weather can strip your hair of its moisture and lead to brittle, weaker strands.
Doing a protective style will help you maintain healthy natural hair during the Winter since your ends will be tucked away and prevent damage. It’s also a great way to cut down on how often you manipulate your hair.
Now, just because you do a protective style doesn’t mean you forget about your natural hair completely. Your hair will eventually dry out, so it’s important to refresh when needed or change your style after a couple of weeks.
Make sure to pay attention to your scalp too. If your scalp isn’t healthy, then your hair won’t be either!
Use Heavier Products + Sealants
I know many naturals switch out their products once the seasons change. To maintain healthy natural hair during the Winter, I stop using lightweight products and focus more on ones with a thick consistency and nourishing ingredients.
You want to use products that will provide enough moisture for your natural hair. Of course, every head of hair is different, and you may not need to change out your products at all. Pay attention to what your hair needs.
Another important thing is ensuring you use a sealant after moisturizing your hair. A sealant creates a barrier that helps lock in moisture and prevent it from escaping.
Some good sealants to use during the Winter are:
- Butter (Shea, Mango, Cocoa)
- Castor Oil
- Almond Oil
- Jojoba Oil
Avoid drying ingredients/chemicals
There are many natural hair products to choose from, however, you must ensure they don’t contain ingredients that can strip the moisture from your hair. You can’t afford to lose any moisture during these colder months!
Here are some ingredients you should avoid when shopping for products:
- Isopropyl Alcohol
- Mineral Oil
Incorporate Hot Oil Treatments
The last thing you can do to maintain healthy natural hair during the Winter is start doing more hot oil treatments. Your hair needs all the moisture it can get so it can stay moisturized and healthy.
Doing hot oil treatments can also help to alleviate an itchy or dry scalp, which you may experience more of during the colder months.
Using a blend of moisturizing and sealing oils will help create the perfect combination for dry, natural hair. Moisturizing oils are able to penetrate the hair shaft while sealing oils lock in the moisture.
Although most oils provide some type of nourishment to our hair, there are certain ones that will be beneficial for your hot oil treatments:
- Avocado Oil
- Peppermint Oil
- Rosemary Oil
- Olive Oil
- Lavender Oil
There you have it!
Follow these tips so you can maintain healthy natural hair during the Winter. Don’t allow the cold air cause you to have a setback in your natural hair journey.
Continue to remain consistent with your regimen and incorporate these healthy hair care practices!