For natural-haired girls, the winter months can be especially cruel for our hair leaving it dry and brittle. These helpful tips below will keep your do healthy during the winter months.
Use thicker butters or creams.
The thicker the hair texture, the easier harsh winds can strip hair of moisture. So, in the winter, your hair may need heavier creams or butters to get the job done and keep your hair moisturized. Some thicker creams or butters are Shea Moisture’s Coconut and Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie, As I Am Double Butter Cream, and Cantu’s Shea Butter Leave-in Conditioning Repair Cream.
Use an oil to seal in your moisture.
The LOC Method (leave-in, oil, and conditioner) is an extremely accredited method in the natural hair community. It’s important to moisturize your hair daily when the climate becomes harsh, but what good does it do if you aren’t sealing it in with oil? After applying your moisturizer of choice, seal it with an oil of choice—heavier oils (Jamaican black castor oil, olive oil) are used for thicker textures, while lighter oils (coconut oil, argan oil) are used for finer textures. When moisture isn’t sealed with oil, it escapes the hair shaft just as quickly as it is applied.
Wrap your hair at night using a satin bonnet or use a satin pillow.
It’s already hard enough on your hair when it’s exposed to harsh elements outside—the least you can do is protect it whenever you’re inside, especially at night. When you don’t sleep with protection of a silk scarf, bonnet or pillow case it can cause your ends to split from rubbing against the cotton of your pillow case. To save yourself from this preventable damage, invest in a silk pillow or a silk bonnet to keep your ends intact.
Wear protective styles.
Sometimes, natural hair just needs a break. And, sadly for some people, damage during the winter is inevitable. Protective styles are great to avoid breakage altogether—box braids, sew-ins, and twists are common among naturals during the winter. Protective styles are beneficial to your hair because your ends are put away and unexposed to the elements.
Pin your hair up when wearing scarves.
When your natural hair is constantly down and you’re trying to stay bundled up by wearing scarves, hats and knit headbands, your hair can rub up against the fabric and create split ends. In colder temperatures, it is a good to wear up-dos like buns or puffs. Keeping your hair pinned up avoids split ends from friction.
By Sullivan Anderson, Junior, Jones College Prep
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