Winter weather can be extremely harsh on your hair if it's not properly protected and may cause damage such as split ends and breakage. The good news is with proper hair care maintenance you can definitely keep your hair at its healthiest potential throughout the harsh winter months. Below, I have listed 4 of the BEST hair tips that I could think of that will help you to protect your hair on those cold, wintery, snowy days.
Tip No. 4-
Protective styles prevents your natural hair from being exposed while still allowing your hair to retain the proper moisture it needs. Protective styles should not be confused with hairstyles that causes tension of any kind or cause damage to the scalp or hair follicles. Some of the best styles that I would recommend for the winter are customized wig units, marley twist, crochet hairstyles, sew-in weaves, or box braids. Scheduling your style with a professional is always recommended. Hats, beanies, and head wraps are a really great substitutes to protective hairstyling especially when are they are lined on the inside with silk or satin material.
Tip No. 3
INVEST IN OILS & BUTTERS
When trying to decided what work best for your hair, it is always wise to choose organic, nourishing, and stimulating oils & butters that will protect your hair from damage and aid in repair. Moisturizing your hair with oils and butters are a great way to maintain hydration and softness... not to mention it helps to seal your ends which further protects from them splitting! If you have a softer texture, oils would probably work great for your hair. And for coarser hair types, you might find that butters will definitely do the job a lot better than oils. Some recommended oils and butters for your winter hair care routine might include: shea butter, olive oil, mango butter, avocado oil, or jamaican black castor oil.
Tip No. 2
SHAMPOO LESS, CO-WASH MORE
Shampooing your hair too often can and will strip your hair of its vital oil that would normally keep your hair protected and moisturizer. Co-washing your hair is a wonderful substitute for shampooing. The process is simple, clean your hair using a rinse out conditioner or a cleansing conditioner/cream instead of using shampoo. Be sure to work the product down your hair strands using a wide-tooth comb to properly moisture your hair and to detangle then rinse your hair thoroughly. It's important to use a clarifying shampoo occasionally to release any product build-up over time.
Tip No. 1 DEEP CONDITION/HOT OIL TREAT YOUR HAIR
Deep conditioning treatments and hot oil treatments during the winter months are especially beneficial after using shampoos. As we now know, shampooing your hair typically strips it of its natural oils, so following-up with a DC or hot oil process is definitely key for restoring moisture. These two methods are great ways to repair your dry, brittle, or damaged hair by making it more manageable, softer, and less prone to breakage and frizz. Depending on your hair type, these treatments would be recommended at LEAST twice a month.
Using a silk or satin scarf to bed, taking your vitamins, and minimizing heat styles are also great ways to protect your hair and cater to growth throughout these harsh winter months.