Cold weather can truly challenge textured hair types. Our curls, which are usually full of volume, shine and bounce, seem to turn dry and limp. It can almost push a naturalista to book a ticket to warmer climates! However, do not fret, good hair doesn’t have to be disruptive.
During winter months, there are low levels of moisture in the atmosphere, and the cold air draws moisture from your hair and scalp. As a result, your strands become more susceptible to environmental damage like dryness, frizz and breakage, which makes curls limp and afro hair more brittle.
So, just as you would switch to a warmer wardrobe in winter, you may also need to update your hair routine to be more weather-appropriate.
- flax seed gel (linseed)
- okra gel (made from okra seed pods)
- aloe vera
- xanthan gum
- guar gum
- marshmallow root
- slippery elm
- carrageenan (also known as irish moss or seaweed extract, sea emollient, sea algae, sea vegetable)
- nettle leaf tea or nettle extract
- Hydroxypropyltrimonium honey
3. CONDITION LIBERALLY
We know conditioners are our friend all year round, and this is especially true in colder months. Use highly moisturising conditioners, and if you can, use a conditioner containing - you guessed it - film-forming humectants. For instance the Boucleme Curl Conditioner contains linseed oil and aloe vera extract, and the SheaMoisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Conditioner contains panthenol and aloe vera.
For thicker hair types, you can even leave some of this conditioner in for the styling phase. However on finer hair types, this will weigh the hair down.
- Mielle Avocado Moisturizing Hair Milk - contains aloe vera, hydroxpropyltrimonium honey, nettle leaf extract, panthenol, xanthan gum
- Kinky-Curly Knot Today leave-in conditioner - contains slippery elm and organic marshmallow root
- Kinky-Curly Curling Custard - contains nettle, marshmallow and aloe vera
- SheaMoisure Coconut & Hibiscus Curling Gel Souffle - contains panthenol, pectin, aloe vera and linseed/flax seed
5. SLEEP WITH SILK
The goal is to control frizz and maintain moisture in your hair. Sleeping on a regular pillowcase is counterintuitive to this as it can lead to additional frizz, breakage and static as the cold dries your hair. Remember, your hair is on that pillow for (hopefully) at least 7 hours every day. Switch to a silk pillowcase (pink and grey) to avoid friction while you sleep.
7. DEEP CONDITION
There you have it - your new winter hair care guide! Stick to these simple steps for healthy, hydrated hair this season.
Boots and coat underneath, beautiful voluminous curls or kinks on top!