The season for chunky scarves, hats and frothy hot chocolate is upon us and for us natural hair sisters this can be a disaster due to the colder weather on our natural tresses. The Winter season can be harsh to not only our skin but our hair too. Lower temperatures can have a negative impact on our curls and coils leaving our hair parched which can cause breakage in the long run. Protecting your beloved curls until spring is very much needed to see the cold winter through. Our hair yearns to stay hydrated and maintaining its natural elasticity. So, we have come up with a few tips to help your hair thrive in the Winter season.
Tip One: Let those fingers do the work
We all love our tangle tweezers, afro combs, denman brushes you name it, however using your fingers limits the stress on our curls. Running your fingers through your wet hair can help to check for any knots and pesky tangles. You can use conditioner to help make the process easier
Tip Two: Pre-poo before you wash your hair
Pre-poo works wonders on the hair, this can be done before you add the shampoo. Pre-poo with your favorite oil and conditioner is the best way to prevent damage during shampooing. The process has become popular over the years due to its many benefits. With a plethora of benefits such as restoring moisture and shine and protecting the hair from the harsh shampoo process. This can be done with oils such as olive oil, coconut oil, and homemade blends and store-bought masks. Remember to leave this on before shampooing it out
Tip Three: Make silk your best friend at night
Using a silk pillowcase goes a long way! Silk pillowcases have smooth fibers that will prevent breakage and frizz while you’re rolling around whilst you sleep which can affect your curls in the long run. As there may be a lack of moisture in our hair due to the colder weather, the pillowcases can improve hair hydration and leave you with smoother frizz free hair. Worth investing in one luxury pillowcase.
Tip Four: Use the LOC method
The LOC method which is Liquid, Oil and Cream plays an integral part in the hair care routine to help moisturize your hair and retain moisture. During this time, it is important to properly moisturize to avoid breakage and extensive dryness. Remember the LOC method is best applied on dry hair.
Tip Five: Trim those ends
Trimming your natural hair is vital for your curls to flourish, a key tip we came across recently “if your hair is frizzy, dry and will not hold a style for too long its time for a trim’’. It has been recommended to trim your hair every 3 to 4 months. Trimming your hair will allow room for your hair to grow and thrive. We would also recommend not using household scissors but instead hair sheers. If you are not feeling confident, go to a hair stylist and get rid of those spilt ends. Benefits of trimming the hair is promoting healthy hair and preventing single strand knots.
Tip Six: Deep Condition
Deep conditioning is great for promoting hair growth and key for moisture. Deep conditioning biweekly with your favorite deep conditioner from roots to end helps to keep the hair hydrated and reduce damage and breakage. It also helps to restore and repair damaged hair. Restoring and strengthening natural hair and maintaining moisture levels.