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3 Tips to Prepare Type 4 Natural Hair For The Winter Months

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If you’re like me, then you’re probably already planning for the upcoming cold seasons. You might even start shopping for cozy sweaters and cute winter jackets to look super fly in the wintertime. The same is true for my hair regimen. I want my hair to look super fly in the winter months, so I start preparing for the winter season ahead of time. Here are a few things I start doing when preparing my hair for the winter months:

Increase Moisture

Moisture is important for type 4 hair year round. However, it is especially important in the winter season when the cold, dry nature of the weather can make our hair type even drier. So, in anticipation of the excessively dry weather, I start preparing my hair by increasing its moisture. This involves making sure that I increase the frequency of my moisturizing deep conditioning treatments. It also means that I can’t get too lax with my moisturizing regimen (daily, weekly, etc.). Increasing my hair’s moisture is the first step to ensuring that my hair is prepared for the winter weather. It is important to remember that increasing your hair’s moisture also involves increasing water intake. So drink up!

Increase Protein

In addition to increasing moisture, I also increase the frequency of my protein treatments. For instance, if I usually do protein treatments every 2 months, I start doing them monthly instead. Protein will strengthen the hair and also help to maintain a healthy moisture-protein balance. The stronger your hair is the better prepared it will be to handle any weather condition of any season. Some of my favorite protein hair treatments are homemade. A simple, inexpensive protein treatment using just a couple of eggs can make a big difference. Apply the whipped eggs to your hair for about 30 mins and rinse with cool water. Sometimes I add oil, conditioner or honey for additional benefits.

 

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Protective Styling Planning

I have found that the winter months are a great time to wear protective styles. I favor the winter months for protective styling especially if I choose to install braids or twists with marley hair. Trust me, when it gets cold outside you will definitely appreciate the extra warmth a protective style like braids will provide. Even if you choose not to wear braids, any other protective style will help keep your hair protected from the winter elements. As early as September, I begin thinking of which protective style(s) I’d like to wear throughout the winter months.

 

 

How do you prepare your hair for the winter season?

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Romma
Romma
6 years ago

This is article is great, but I wouldn’t advise using honey during the winter months; since honey is a humectant and draws moisture from the air. That combined with cold weather will result in your hair being more dry as opposed to moisturized.

Hansy
Hansy
6 years ago
Reply to  Romma

Actually I read somewhere that while honey is an humectant is not astringent like glycerine so it is perfectly fine to use during winter months. Shea butter and jojoba oil are also natural humectants.

Adrienne
Adrienne
6 years ago

At what point or tempterature should we start wearing hats to protect or heads and hair from the cold?

cinn
cinn
6 years ago

I am considering headwraps as my protective style. I first tie a silk scarf on my head, then a nice african print is the wrap. It is gorgeous, less frumpy than a hat and less effort/damaging than braids etc.

Darlyn
Darlyn
6 years ago

Thanks for sharing! 🙂

Becca
Becca
6 years ago

I’m actually only 3 months into my big chop, this month being my 4th. So in December I’ll be trying a protective style for the first time ever and I’m considering doing twists. Pretty excited!

Sally
Sally
6 years ago

My hair was thinning a lot after winter. In order to make it stronger, I revised my nutrition. The basic elements for healthy hair growth should be provided from inside out. Besides, I also started taking nutritional supplement Hair Gain Formula by Military Grade in order to support my hair and fight seasonal hair loss. This product contains unique herbal compounds, which make it effective and safe to take. This product is the only nutraceutical which possesses prostaglandin D2 blocking properties. In 6 months my hair has become visibly thicker, and I don’t suffer from hair loss as much as… Read more »

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