As seasons change, so do the needs of our hair.
According to Black Beauty Haircare, natural hair has the ability to rehydrate itself and take in moisture from the atmosphere when the weather is warm and humid, however this is not the case in colder months because the temperature dries the hair, causing it to shrink even more.
In winter, the constant changes in temperature - the heater/air-conditioner inside the house and the cold temperatures outside - affect your natural hair negatively. This makes it essential to take better care of your hair.
Here are 5 ways you can take good care of your hair in colder months.
1. Wear a protective style
Wearing protective styles such as braids and wigs during winter can protect your hair from breaking and being manipulated too much. Doing this will also keep your ends safely tucked away. Remember to keep your scalp clean when you do have a protective style on.
2. Use the LOC method to properly moisturise your hair
The L.O.C method involves applying a leave-in conditioner to your hair, an oil to seal the moisture, and a cream to define the hair. According to Ogle School, this is the best way to ensure that your hair is well moisturised.
3. Start with a steaming treatment
A steaming treatment consists of allowing steam to penetrate your hair so that it can better absorb oils and creams. You can steam your hair by not wearing a shower cap in the shower or by getting a professional hair steamer. Steaming your hair also has hydration benefits which are much needed in winter.
4. Deep condition twice a week
According to the Natural Club, applying a deep conditioner or doing a deep conditioning treatment is a must in winter. This is because deep conditioners provide your hair with moisture and nutrients and ultimately keep it protected.
5. Avoid knitted hats and scarves
While satin and silk are known for not drying out hair, in winter, this fabric is often replaced with much warmer knitted fabrics. However, knitted fabrics are rough and more likely to pull on natural hair and cause breakage. You can wear a satin/silk cap underneath your knitted cap so that you can still be warm but also have healthy hair.