As winter sets in it’s important to focus on moisturizing techniques as we brave the sometimes unforgiving winter weather. All the hard work done throughout the year can be diminished if one does not incorporate some “winterproofing” into our hair regimens 🙂 Try these tips and tricks to keep your hair supple.
This is an important underrated step that removes excess oils and product buildup from the hair. If you have buildup on your hair the moisturizer cannot get thru to reach the cuticle. You should clarify your hair every other month or 1x a month especially if you use heavy oils. This can be done thru a diluted 25–50% apple cider vinegar wash or half a teaspoon of baking soda mixed in with your conditioner.
2. Daily Spritz
Your spritz should contain goodies like: essential oils, nutrient-rich carrier oils and water/aloe vera. It will remain fresh in the refrigerator for a week. If kept longer invest in a commercial grade preservative. Spray it on your ends every night and if needed in the morning then seal with a heavy oil.
3. Sealing with Heavy Oils
This step is important because it seals the cuticle with the moisture technique you have used. Locking in moisture with a heavy nutrient-rich oil like castor (my favorite), wheat germ, mineral oil, etc. can help prevent breakage.
4. Baggy Method
An effective technique especially in the wintertime. You can baggy the hair ends or the whole head. You can even baggy your box braids or cornrows. Apply moisturizer / conditioner to the hair and wrap ends with saran wrap or whole head with plastic cap. Then put on a hat, headwrap, put hair in a bun or attach a bun/piece to cover the ends. Watch for “soggy” hair – this can be a sign that your hair is too moist resulting in weak, fragile hair that leads to breakage.
5. Protective Styling
PS styles include braids, twists, protective hair coverings (hair pieces and headwraps) and “tucked-under” styles. Make sure to spritz/moisturize and seal the hair daily. These styles will protect your hair from “the elements” that deplete your hair of moisture.
Products ending in the suffix -cone, -conol, or –xane. I don’t recommend silicones, but I mention them because silicones block out moisture and humidity. You can apply a silicone-based product after your moisturizer to lock in the moisture especially when heat styling. They prevent frizz but over time may actually cause frizz so use silicones sparingly and be sure to clarify after using them.
Have you tried any of these tips? How do you keep moisture locked into your strands in the colder months?