Well folks its that time of the year again, Christmas cake, school holiday, snowfall fights and winter. Its December which means Christmas and Winter is in the air. While we all love Christmas and winter wonderlands, you can’t disagree that your hair starts to find it harder to retain moisture, making it brittle and prone to breaking and damage, not to mention the frizz and static that often comes with your winter wardrobe. However, these are all problems that can be avoided with ease as long as you have the right hair care routine for winter.
Summer brought the heat but winter brings the cold and if your careful your hair might just dry out because of it, causing breakage and split ends. Follow these winter tips for natural hair care and your hair won’t even notice the snow.
Your hair needs all the moisture it can get during winter, and this makes conditioning a vital part of your hair care routine.
Hair oils and deep conditioners are vital at this part of the year and the most important is conditioner. Be sure to give your hair extra conditioning this winter focusing mainly on the roots to protect it from breaking and causing split ends. After your normal winter wash routine lock down that hydration with a leave in conditioner.
During the winter months you can bet that your hair will be dryer and itchier than ever thanks to the outdoor cold (lack of moisture in the air) and dry indoor heat. This can lead to scalp irritation and issues like dandruff or flakes, which could lead to your hair falling out. There ares many ways to combat this, You can buy a dandruff shampoo or for my do-it-yourself people a teaspoon of lemon juice and a couple tablespoons of olive oil heated and massaged into your scalp will do just the trick, but be sure to rinse out the mixture with shampoo and condition.
3. Bounce and Shine
Honey is a humectant that seals in the moisture and helps restore shine and bounce to dull and damaged hair. It is one of the best natural moisturizers for natural hair out there.
The lack of moisture in winter not only dries out your scalp and makes your hair frizzy, but also leaves your hair looking dull and lifeless. Apply honey to help combat this, warm the honey (if so desired) and apply it to your hair for about 30 minutes then rinse.
4. The Frizziness
One of the most annoying things about winter is all the static. The hoodies, sweater, scarves, gloves, and beanies all seem to gang up on your hair, making it a static, frizzy mess. To help with this, wash your hair only with lukewarm water, not hot water, as the hot water will strip away the natural oils that help protect and nourish your hair. Apply a leave-in conditioner to keep your hair smooth and place it in a protective style.
5. Hair Oils for moisture
Warm up two teaspoons of any hair oil of you’re choosing and massage it slowly on your scalp. This slow massaging helps the oil penetrate deep into the roots. This will help to keep your scalp moisturized and improve blood circulation, ensuring that your follicles get enough nourishment. It will also prevent hair breakage which would lead to your hair falling out. Another option, is to use the oil as a deep conditioner by coating your hair with warm oils and covering it with a cap for about 20 minutes.
5. Dry your hair right
Drying your hair out completely can be a pain, especially if you have long hair. But you should, never put your hair up while it is still damp, nor should you air dry during the cold months; instead use the blow-dryer on the lowest heat settings. Dry hair and scalps attract a lot of problems like dandruff, breakage, and split ends. The best way to dry your hair would be to gently squeeze the excess moisture out with a towel and then use a blow-dryer on the cool setting. If you use the hot setting on your dryer hold it 15 centimeters away as to prevent heat damage when drying your hair.
Make these tips a part of your hair care routine and your hair won’t even notice that winter is here. A little extra care can go a long way when it comes to ensuring hair health. Protective Styling is also a great way to protect your ends against the bitter cold and lack of moisture this Christmas and if all else fails. Hey, what are wigs for? Let me know in the comments below if you have any extra tips that you use for your winter hair care.