6 Ways to Winterize Your Natural Hair Regimen

by West Parsons on January 23, 2014 · 7 comments

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When the temperature drops and the air becomes dry, the first signs of the season’s change is usually noticed by our skin, specifically the dreaded ashy hands lol. Itching, scaling and the incessant massaging of creams and butters is  one of Winter’s necessary evils.

Think. If your skin requires more attention during the Winter months, the same sentiment applies to your hair care. Your skin is composed of living cells, for which diligent care is necessary during this time of the year (or risk looking like a reptile skin by Winter’s end lol). Why wouldn’t your hair, composed of dead cells, require the same, if not more attention?

Deep condition as often as possible.
Winter brings out the lazy in us all, but that’s no reason to skip one of the first steps of imparting moisture. We are less likely to fuss with out hair during this time of year, so when you do, make it meaningful and opt for deep conditioning with heat. How to Strengthen Natural Hair & Increase Moisture Retention is a good read.

Go easy on the coconut oil
Though coconut oil is one of the few with moisturizing properties, it solidifies at temperatures below 76 degrees F (24 C), making use of this oil cautionary during frigid weather. It’s possible to still use this oil during colder months, just be sure it is not your primary oil since it is possible for your hair to solidify with the coconut oil.

Invest in cute knitted hats and scarves.
Heard of frozen hair? That’s just what can happen when you don’t adhere to physically protecting your tresses. This happens because the water content from your hair products, which remain in your hair, literally freezes. Before stepping outside, tie your hair with a silk scarf and for extra precaution don a cute knitted beanie.

Protective styling saves time and ends.
Lessen opportunities for your hair to be mishandled and bun it, braid it, or twist it up! Remember that frozen hair I spoke  of earlier? Protective styling tucks away those ends, reducing the chance of them being frozen, later manipulated, and eventually mechanically damaged and broken off.

Avoid clarifying too often.
Shampoos, especially those labeled for clarifying, are drying and can strip the hair of necessary oils needed in frosty weather. Your best option is to use a sulfate-free shampoo.  Most are known to gently cleanse, yet not completely strip the hair of its natural nourishment.

Ditch the shower cap.
The steam from a hot shower can be just what your hair needs after being in the elements at the end of a long day. Consider using a silk scarf to tie your hair prior to showering. The scarf will help prevent your hair from completely frizzing, yet allowing just enough moisture to permeate though and awaken your cuticles to be receptive to moisture from your shower’s steam. Be sure to leave the scarf on for a few minutes after your shower to ensure your cuticles have time to close and smooth.

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What do you do to winterize your regimen?

 

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ChiChi Loves January 23, 2014 at 10:45 pm

Great tips. I’ve been sticking to protective styling because Atlanta weather is so unpredictable foI just allow the steam to do it’s

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westNDNbeauty January 24, 2014 at 9:08 am

Thanks! I’m more of a protective styler myself. Less fuss.

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Shepiji January 24, 2014 at 6:46 am

I loved (and never thought about) the lessening of coconut oil. Great post!

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westNDNbeauty January 24, 2014 at 9:11 am

Thanks! It took just one experience of super hard hair for me to figure it all out lol.

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Mary December 30, 2014 at 3:54 am

Nice post. Thanks for the tips. Great help. Have a nice day!

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Anne January 5, 2015 at 4:27 am

Informative and helpful post. Thanks for tips. Enjoy your day!

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AmeeraNakisha February 25, 2015 at 6:56 pm

Ok got it in regards to the coconut oil…Thanks

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