Posted by Dalilah,
When the temperature outside starts to decrease your hair can begin to react differently to your staple products. How to retain moisture during the winter months is a really important subject when striving to promote healthy strong hair all year round. Below are three things you can try to turn that crispy winter hair back into the soft fluffy defined or be int undefined curl that you're used to.
1. Establish a hair care routine When your hair care practices become a routine, you will know how your hair reacts and can begin to learn when it is best to add more moisture, protein or oil/sealant. If you're lucky enough to get by without a routine, then seasonal shifts can be a bit of a spanner in the works, because all of a sudden your hair stops liking your shampoo or stops doing that cool thing that it used to do and instead looks a bit 'shocked' or 'stressed out'. Decide when you're going to wash your hair, prefferably not 15 minutes before you have to step outside to go to work, do it on a day when you're indoors and give your hair the time to first adjust to change in moisture then change in temperature. This is even more imperative if you don't use a blow dryer. Your should also decide on when you're going to treat your hair, your hair loves a good deep condition in winter, pick a day maybe once every other week and soak your hair in beneficial hair oils.
2. Wear more protective styles Winter air and wind will steal moisture from your hair. Protect your hair by wearing protective styles or covering it completely. Protective styling involves tucking the vulnerable ends of your hair away to avoid breakage when hair inevitabley becomes dry more often. Wearing more buns, braids and twists as opposed to wash n' go's will do your hair a lot of good in the long run. If you are time poor get a scarf that is satin, instead of cotton and wear this to keep hair protected. Cotton will draw moisture out of your hair, which is not what you want if you want to keep it strong. Protection doesn't mean neglect, you still have to make sure your scalp has oil and your hair has moisture. Be sure to wrap your hair at night to keep your protective style neat for as long as possible.
4. Bonus! Eat well and keep well The winter months are hardest for keeping a good diet. But you are what you eat, so ensuring that you are still drinking plenty of water and eating your green vegetables and proteins will ensure that you are encouraging healty hair from the inside and not just topically. If you neglect to eat well then your hair will suffer as a result so try adding steamed vegetables to your comfort meals and keeping water in your re-usable bottle in your bag when you are on the go. Have you got any winter hair care methods that are working for your? please share your experience below in our comments section. Happy Hair Hugging! x
3. Learn your hair's protein/moisture balance Once you figure out how much protein and moisture your hair responds to, then you'll be able to prevent your hair from getting too dry. If your hair is weak add more protein, if your hair is dry and brittle, add more moisture. If your hair isn't retaining moisture increase your use of oils, try olive, coconut, jojoba or broccoli, and try an apple cider vinegar rinse every other week after shampoo to see if the condition of your hair improves. If you're escping the bittler cold for more tropical humid weather then increase your usage of products that have humectants. It's all just learning when to use what. But with low-porosity hair you need to work on opening up your cuticle more so than high porosity hair, and baggying is a great way to do this.