FALL IS AROUND THE CORNER!
The change in seasons signifies different things for people. It may mean admiring the beautiful colors of autumn leaves, standing in line to get that Pumpkin Spice Latte (yum!) from the nearest Starbucks, or planning out the perfect Halloween costume that will blow your friends away. But one thing that we can all agree on is that the weather is getting cooler. But what does cold weather mean for your hair?
While moving from heated, indoor environments to the cold outdoors, the dramatic change in weather can shock your hair. The effects of cooler weather, snow, or a gusty, blustery day (we see you, Chicago), can do some serious damage to your hair. So what CAN you do to winterize your hair? Here are six tips to protect your hair from damage in these upcoming months.
1. DEEP CONDITIONING/ HOT OIL TREATMENT
Because the cold air is dryer than the moisture in your hair, nature tries to restore that balance by emitting moisture from your hair out into the air. Therefore, cold air has a tendency to deprive your hair of the moisture that it needs to stay healthy.
A weekly deep conditioning regimen is necessary–especially for Type 4 hair–in order to keep your hair moisturized. This 30mins – 1hr of extra TLC can really go a long way.
In addition, use a hot oil treatment to keep your hair moisturized, sealed, and protected from the elements. While jojoba and almond oils will add shine, coconut oil and shea butter are perfect for coarser hair types.
2. PROTECTIVE STYLES
Winter is the perfect time to wear a protective style. However, this does not mean that you can ignore proper hair care and maintenance! While you still have to care for your hair underneath the protective style, you can ensure that your hair receives maximum protection from the constant temperature changes, dry air, and icy temperatures.
3. AVOID HEAT STYLING
The dry winter air depletes your hair of moisture. Adding heat which to this equation is more detrimental for your hair because it also strips your hair of moisture. If you MUST use heat to style your hair, try to limit how many times you style your hair in that manner.
You can also achieve beautiful styles, such as the bantu knot or twist out, without any added heat. The winter months would be a perfect time to perfect those styles! Check out these YouTube tutorials on how to get the perfect style!
4. MOISTURIZE, MOISTURIZE, MOISTURIZE
Leave-in conditioners are also your friend, but even more so during winter months. Don’t neglect this step in your hair care process, because you want to make sure that your hair absorbs and retains as much moisture as possible.
Humidifiers are also a great way to retain moisture by keeping moisture levels up while at home. Not only are humidifiers great for your skin but they also work wonders for your hair.
5. DON’T WEAR WET HAIR IN FREEZING TEMPS
If your winter weather consists of below freezing temperatures, DO NOT wear your wet hair out into the cold. Not only can wearing wet hair out in the cold make you sick, but your wet hair will freeze, which will also make it much easier to break off.
Instead of doing your co-wash in the morning, it would be best to wash your hair at night. If you wash your hair at night, you can seal your hair with oil and tie it down with a satin scarf. Or else, you can try out the three strand twist out look! (video above)
6. AVOID WOOL
Wool feels amazingly warm and soft against our skin, but your hair does not agree. The texture of the wool can rub against your strands and cause them to break and tear. Therefore, if you wear a wool scarf, you can protect your hair by pulling it up into a loose bun. If you wear a wool hat, try and purchase one that is lined with satin.