6 Tips for Winter Hair Care
Winter is here and with it, come thoughts of warm soup, cinnamon-filled pastries and bundles of clothing. At this time we are reminded that the cold weather tends to have a drying effect on our already naturally dry tresses so moisture is a word each and every one of us should focus on. Here are a few tips to consider for the winter season:
Deep conditioners are a great way of moisturising hair against the inevitable dryness. The winter air, the use of heaters and the perpetual urge to heat up in the sun, takes a definitive toll on your hair. How often you deep condition depends on your hair's moisture level, so the rule of thumb is to deep condition every time you wash your hair.
SWITCH UP YOUR WASH ROUTINE
We all enjoy the feeling of freshly washed, strawberry-scented, bouncy and shiny hair but it may be a good idea to increase the number of days between washes. This will allow your hair's natural oils to coat the hair, protecting it from drying out as easily. Consider co-washing more often, but don't forget to use a clarifying shampoo to reduce product build-up.
PROTECT YOUR ENDS!
While this is something all naturals should do all the time, it is especially important to protect your ends during the cold season. The reason is that the ends are prone to snagging on turtleneck tops and fluffy scarves, causing split ends. Moisturise your ends like your life depends on it! If you are feeling lazy, pin your ends up into a cute protective style, which brings me to my next point.
I do not condone the overuse of protective styles however, it is a great idea to consider the variety of styles available to you. Remember, protective styling is not limited to hair extensions, tight braiding or styles that take hours to perfect. It can be as simple as wearing a head wrap!
Remember to massage your scalp. Take at least five minutes to massage your scalp to stimulate and increase blood flow which, will encourage the strands to grow in length and health. Include your favourite oil and turn it into a pamper session.
ADJUST YOUR PRODUCTS
It's a good idea to consider adjusting or changing the products you use. Include heavier oils, invest in a good deep conditioner and switch from repairing to moisturising treatments. If you are on a tight budget, use what you already have. For example, include a higher proportion of castor oil in your oil mix. Look up ingredients you can use to increase your moisture levels on Pinterest or Google. There are many ways to do this without breaking the bank.
Do not let the winter blues get you down. Winter is a great time to give your hair a much-needed break. So why not try a cute new up-do or learn new ways to wear headscarves and wraps? Just remember to moisturise and protect your hair because before you know it, summer will be here.
- Perspective by Pai