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Most women would agree, our hair and the addition of harshly cold winter weather aren’t exactly the best mix…and when you’re a black woman with a naturally curly, coiled, or kinked mane, you could consider it a double negative.
Having dealt with my own trial and error over the past two years of my natural hair journey, and with the addition of added research from trusted ‘natural approved’ sites (a la CurlyNikki and Around the Way Curls), I’ve compiled a list of trusty tips that’ll keep your hair ‘winterized’ and naturally fabulous all throughout the chilly months to come!
1.) Sulfate-Free Shampoo’s
While most shampoos typically contain sulfates, chemicals that can be very drying to both hair and skin, a few brands like L’Oreal and Shea Moisture have hopped on the sulfate-free bandwagon. Incorporating this into your routine will insure your hair stays moisturized from start to finish.
2.) Deep Conditioning Treatments
Leave the days of using those quick, 3-5 minute conditioners in the hollows of relaxed hair’s past where they belong. Natural hair craves moisture, so after shampooing, indulge your strands in a thick treatment for around thirty minutes to an hour (you can sit under a hooded dryer for added benefits). Drug store brands like Garnier Fructis and Aussie have immensely moisturizing, affordable (and yes, naturally friendly) deep conditioners that are definitely worthy of a try!
3.) Moisturize & Seal
Make sure you’re keeping those twist outs and bantu knots equipped with hydration in order to achieve long lasting and healthy styles. For thicker manes, I’d recommend a shea butter based cream, like those from Oyin Handmade, and a light lotion or leave in conditioner from Kinky Curly for our fine haired curlfriends.
After moisturizing, be sure to ‘seal’ the ends of your hair with any desired natural oil as a means of locking the moisture in.
During the summertime, humectants (products that draw moisture from the air and into your hair) like honey and aloe vera are beneficial because of high humidity. Likewise, anti-humectants, or frizz repelling moisture blockers, like natural pomades, olive oil and coconut oil should be sought after in cooler temperatures.
5.) Protective Styling
As an alternative to finding ways to protect your hair from the cold, you could do the opposite and opt to ‘hide’ your tresses by seeking protective styling in the form of weaves, braids, or twists. If you’re not prone to wearing extensions, you could also try donning your hair in a stylish beanie (lined with a silk bonnet for extra protection) while braving the freezing elements of the outdoors.