Winter is the perfect time to take special interest in your natural hair care. A simple regimen with more frequent moisturizing, deep conditioning, sealing and protective styling is helpful to retain length during the cold weather. Incorporating good products in within a solid regimen will take your hair care to the next level. With the dropping temperatures and longer nights, staying inside for an extra long DC session plus a cup of hot cocoa can be more inviting than trekking outside in the snow. Below are several kinds of products that can help your hair thrive in even in the harshest of winters.
The winter season calls for excellent deep treatments that do what they say they will. Tough winds and low temperatures mean nothing to properly moisturized and nourished hair. Check out some of my faves in this department.
Root Stimulator’s Olive Oil Replenishing Pack is one of my favorite moisture-laden hair treatments. It’s an excellent treatment that suits the woman who doesn’t mind spending a little extra time when it comes to deep conditioning. The ingredients are stellar and if you’re a pseudo-mixtress, I’ve found I always get nice results when adding other fun, home ingredients like more olive oil, mayonnaise or a raw egg with this DC.
BeeMine’s Bee-U-Ti-Ful Conditioner
BeeMine’s Bee-U-Ti-Ful Conditioner is raved about for it’s amazing ingredients and immediate results. For naturals who fancy such things- get on that!
Hair milks are the cornerstone of many moisturizing regimens and thankfully there are so many great ones to choose from! Use them after you’ve spritzed your hair with water and added your favorite oil for best results.
CB Hair Milk contains glycerin, but it’s probably my all time favorite hair moisturizer; especially for winter and not just because it bares my own name. This hair milk boasts the unique addition of oats and honey- ingredients that lock in moisture and shine. You’ll find other goodies such as the lauded avocado oil and splash of silk for hair that stays moisturized.
Oyin Handmade Hair Dew has all the goods to create a moisturizing sealant for your hair. It’s full of natural girl staples such as castor oil and olive oil. With a reasonable price for the ingredients, you really can’t go wrong with this one!
The winter season is perfect for that extra TLC and reconstructors do double duty in that area. Reconstructors are similar to protein treatments except they contain components that are able to penetrate to the deeper parts of the hair shaft, and not just coat the surface. They do things like temporarily repair holes and splits in hair. To get maximum benefit from their use, steam your hair while coated with the reconstructor.
Ouidad’s Extreme Repair Mask is a godsend for the curly girl who’s done real damage to her hair. Use weekly for best results.
Aphogee’s 2 Minute Recontructor is one of my favorite reconstructors. It doesn’t claim to have all natural ingredients, but it does a really good job bringing you hair back to life. Don’t sleep on this product!
Pomades and Butters
Butters (products that contain no water) are amazing at sealing, especially when you’re prepping your hair for long term protective styling. There are so many excellent butters out there (way too many to name here) but I’ve listed just a few great ones below.
Original Moxie’s Hair Bling
Original Moxie’s Hair Bling is rich with all kinds of exotic goodness that natural hair just loves!
Blow Dry Creams
If you like to blow dry your hair for whatever reason, I highly recommend using a blow dry cream. You’ll save your hair from the abuse of the hot air and the cold air.
Mizani’s Thermastrength styling serum is my favorite blow dry cream product because it can and will guard your hair from any heat damage. Apply to your hair in sections right before you blow dry. It’s a little pricey, but a little goes a long way!
Organix Morrocan Smooth Perfection Blow Out Cream is also effective in giving your strands a fighting chance that it needs.
Since your natural hair will be more susceptible to drying winds during this season, creamy cowashes and hydrating shampoos are a must.
As I Am Coconut Cowash is exactly the kind cleansing product that enhances moisture especially in hair that has been weather beaten. Check it out at select Target stores.
Eden Bodyworks Cowash
Eden Bodyworks Cowash works just as intended, making it another great product to add to your winter hair care repertoire.
Oils are a natural girl’s best friend. Oils and butters work very well to preserve the moisture in protective styles. I doubt we can live without them as much as we can live without our favorite pair of shoes (whether it be your Chuck’s or Loubotin’s).
Carol’s Daughter did a nice job with the Black Vanilla Hair Oil. The almond oil-based product is perfect for shine and softening.
Shea Moisture Reconstructive Elixir is the perfect light oil for easy sealing and protection from the elements. It is great for protective styling too.
What are some of your must have hair products for winter?