It never fails. By the time you finally figured out the perfect recipe of products that allowed you to achieve perfect summer hair with perfect kinks, coils and curls that wouldn’t explode into a frizzy mess, you blinked and the cold weather season arrived. That same list of glycerin gels and serums that worked so well for you in the humid, hot months, probably won’t do the job this winter. Many people assume that parched, brittle hair is as much a part of winter as hot cocoa and snow days, and figure they’ll just have to ride it out. There are actually things you can do for your hair throughout the winter that can keep it as soft and springy as it is in the middle of June.
African-American hair – in fact, all highly textured hair – is prone to severe breakage and dryness during the winter months. Curly, kinky, coily hair craves moisture more than any other hair texture, and, without it, becomes brittle, coarse and breaks easily. The humidity in the summer air that naturally aids in keeping your hair hydrated is, for the most part, usually absent in the winter months. You’re going to have to figure out a way to get and keep moisture into your precious locs. Read on for tips that will help you keep the moisture in and the dryness out of your hair this winter.
Pack up moisture-suckers
Get rid of all of the products that suck moisture out of your hair in winter instead of putting it in. Glycerin based products are perfect at drawing moisture from the air during humid summer days and drawing it to your hair, keeping it soft and pliable. A strange thing happens to many women in humidity free zones during the winter: the glycerin pulls the moisture out of your hair. The best thing is to get a water-based conditioning moisturizer and seal it with an oil like coconut oil or shea butter. What does sealing do, you say? Sealing your hair means applying a coating of oil or butter to your hair after you moisturize it. You’re literally sealing in the moisture so that instead of evaporating into the air, it stays inside the strands, keeping them hydrated. You should also deep condition your hair super moisturizing conditioner at least once a week.
Cover it up
People love – need – to wear hats in the winter, but hats are another big reason people experience hair breakage and dryness during that time. Hats are usually made of things like knits and other materials that can wreak havoc on delicate strands. Try sewing silk into the undersides of hats so that all your hair touches is the delicately soft material. You can also just wear a scarf underneath your hat. Some women buy beautiful decorative scarves for just this purpose, so you don’t have to feel like you’re off to churn butter with an old scarf. Also, use a silk scarf to line your coat’s neckline. Hair breakage along the nape area is rampant in winter due to your hair rubbing against hair killing materials like the wool used to make your coat and scarves.