Winter is officially here! You know its winter when you start seeing everyone around you wearing their boots and coats almost every day!
Winter may not be a favourite season for most people (including me) but there are a few good things to look forward to; such as dressing up warm and looking cute while doing so. Hot chocolate, warm soups and hearty stews are also some of the great things to look forward to in winter. However, when it comes to our hair a lot of us get frustrated on what extra measures we can take to protect our hair strands from the harsh winter air and I have a few tips for you:
In winter our hair tends to get a lot drier, especially the ends of our hair, and it’s more prone to breakage because the dry winter air tends to make it brittle. In order to keep your hair healthy and happy I recommend protecting your hair through protective styling. There are many options when it comes to protective styling – you can either plait your natural hair, wear braids or even wear a wig – the possibilities are endless. Plaiting your hair and braiding it can help to keep your hair strands protected for most of the winter time. A wig on the other hand gives you that flexibility of switching up your look whenever you want to, especially if you are someone who gets bored easily with rocking the same look for long periods of time.
2. COVER UP
If protective styling is not for you then you could always wear headwraps, beenies or woolly accessories. You can still wear your hair out but just keep it safely tucked away under a colourful headwrap or beanie. That means you are not stuck with one look and you can always switch up the type of headwraps you use each day.
Keeping your hair moisturised is key. While your hair is safely tucked away you need to make sure it is kept moisturised to prevent it from getting even more dry. You can use your usual hair regimen but up your use of conditioner and moisturises. Natural oils are also great in keeping your scalp moisturised. You can use naturals oil such as olive oil, avocado oil and coconut oil or even a nice blend of a number of oils of your choosing. I use the Afrobotanic’s Real Black Pearl African Oil Blend and African Black Castor Oil and they both work really well. Hot oil treatments and deep conditioning are also vital in the winter time.
4. DRINK UP!
Lastly, but not least, drink more water. I know a lot us tend to decrease our water intake in the winter time because it’s so cold. You can always drink your water at room temperature or even up your intake of your favourite herbal tea like green tea, chamomile tea etc.
What do you plan to do this winter to keep your hair healthy?