NATURAL HAIR ROUTINE FOR WINTER
If you think having a pet or house plant is so much work especially during the winter, you should also be ready to include extra efforts to maintaining your natural hair! Why? Because winter is here! And your hair needs a little bit of extra attention from you right now. Depending on your hair texture, natural hair tends to fizzle up during winter. This is why it is important to include these vital routines that will keep your natural hair from breaking and leave it moisturized and healthy. Here are five things you should add to your natural hair care routine this winter period to ensure healthy hair goals are still met!
First, let’s talk about;
Summer is over; which means humidity is no longer present to maintain a bit of moisture in the air which in turns lets your hair appear manageable even without deep conditioning. However, this is winter and the importance of deep conditioning your natural hair cannot be stressed enough. You have to deep condition your hair. It revitalizes your scalp and leaves your ends moisturized and less frizzy. To include this as a routine, you can deep condition your hair once every two weeks using natural butter products such as shea butter, cocoa butter, mango butter. Washing your hair with shampoo regularly can dry-out your hair, but when you condition your hair with butter, honey and banana hair mask, it rejuvenates the lost nutrients and enriches your scalp. Apply the conditioning mask to your natural hair and leave for about 30 minutes, then rinse.
This is another great moisturizing technique that helps natural hair flourish in the winter. Steaming will allow your hair cuticles to open up and soak in all these nutrients from your conditioners and products. A DIY steaming method you can try at home is wearing a shower cap (or plastic bag) and rolling your hair in a steamed towel for about 10 minutes. You can also book a hair appointment and steam your hair with steaming equipment at the salon. Either way, steaming your natural hair encourages blood flow because it opens up the pores in your scalp which promotes hair growth.
Investing in good quality satin bonnets will do you a lot of help during winter. You do not want your time and efforts put into deep conditioning and/or steaming to waste just because you slept overnight without wrapping your hair in a satin bonnet. Satin seals the moisture in your hair while cotton absorbs moisture. Whether you use a satin bonnet, satin pillowcase, or satin scarf, you are in good hands through the night.
Nothing protects your hair like protective styling. There are tons of styles you can do that will save you a lot of time during the winter. Over manipulation of natural hair can lead to hair thinning, which is why most experts advise naturalistas to choose a protective style during winter. There are catalogues to choose from such as braids, twists, Bantu knots, locs, & wigs! For protective style inspiration, search ‘natural styles’ on Pinterest and an abundance of styles will pop up.
Hydration is key! Think of your hair like a plant & how it needs water to grow. Do not be scared to wet your hair. We can be using all the right products but it’ll do no good if water is not included in a naturalist’s hair care routine. Water helps your cuticles open so your product can benefit the hair shaft. Remember, drinking water is not only a healthy tip for your hair, it is also important for your entire body system. However, if you are the type who remembers to drink water regularly, you can adapt it to your daily routine by drinking a glass of water when you wake up, another glass before eating, another glass after eating. Additionally, drinking veggie smoothies and vitamin-rich fruits helps to keep your hydrated.
LOC method means using liquid like water, oil and cream to moisturize your hair. This method is quite popular in the natural hair community and it is because it seals the moisture in your scalp and hair. It prevents your hair from drying especially during winter. The process starts with you using water to wet your hair, then spray your hair with an essential oil such as
· castor oil,
· coconut oil
· jojoba oil
and then seal the moisture with a conditioner or natural hair cream like shea butter. It keeps your hair cuticle safe and nourished to withstand the gruelling wintertime. Our nourishing hair growth oil will provide those nutrients for your hair, as it is infused with flaxseed oil, grape seed oil, sweet almond oil, avocado oil, rosemary, & lavender.
Comment below which of these tips you will be including to your winter hair routine and those you already practise!