Wintertime is the time where you should really love on your hair. It is important to pay attention to our hair and make sure that it is ready to combat the cold weather. In my book, the changing seasons mean that it’s time to switch up my hair regimen. The main focus of the season is moisture, because the cold air can be drying to our natural hair, and this is not good when trying to maintain healthy hair. Here are some tips on how to keep your hair moisturized this winter.
Use a co-wash
If you are ready to give the shampoos a rest, try co-washing or using a cleansing conditioner. By adding a co-wash to your regimen this winter, you can help combat dryness. A co-wash is milder than shampoo and it provides conditioning properties. Try one out in between your wash sessions. I recommend EDENBodyworks Coconut Shea Cleansing Cowash.
Deep condition often
For naturals who don’t deep condition often, now is the time to plan ahead to deep condition at least once a week. Deep conditioning really helps combat dry hair. I actually love deep conditioning and I am somewhat obsessed. If you really want to get the best out of your deep conditioning session, deep condition with heat or steam. Thank me later.
Pre-poo your hair
I love to pre-poo my hair during the winter. Doing a pre-poo treatment can really help with your washing process. During the winter months it is really important, because if you pre-poo it can lessen moisture loss before the shampoo process. To pre-poo, just apply your favorite oil, leave it on for about 15 minutes, and then wash it out when you begin to wash your hair. This will help prevent moisture depletion until the next wash day.
Steam your hair
If you are not already doing this, shame on you. I have had a steamer for as long as I can remember and it is my favorite hair tool. Steaming your hair helps to add moisture and elasticity to the hair, which is especially needed during winter. If you do not have a steamer, you can create a DIY steamer by using plastic caps and sitting under a hooded dryer for 15 minutes.
Keep your hair protected
I know this may be a no-brainer, but keeping your hair protected in the cold is vital. Consider wearing hats with a satin lining to prevent dryness, and always protect your hair at night, so that your cotton sheets do not absorb the moisture and oils from your hair. I know it can be easy to forget when you’re drowsy, but it’s important.
At all costs avoid heat styling in the winter. I know that your blowout will last longer in the winter because you are less likely to sweat it out, but you don’t want the dry air to suck out the little moisture you have. Instead of using heat, try protective styling and different roller sets like perm rods, flexi-rods, and Curlformers.
What are you doing to keep your hair moisturized this fall and winter?