With the changing seasons and changes in the weather, it is important to make adjustments to your hair regimen. No need to stress! Mahogany Chic is here to help with our natural hair guide for the winter! The most important thing to remember this season is that curls are naturally prone to dryness and crave even more moisture during the colder and drier months. It also is important to try to avoid humectants; some common humectants include honey, glycerin, panthenol, hydrolyzed wheat protein, and propylene glycol. Yes these ingredients are excellent during the summer months because they draw moisture from the humid air into our thirsty strands, but during winter months, they can have the opposite effect. The moisture from our hair can be drawn out into the drier atmosphere! If you have rinse out humectants in conditioners and deep treatments they can still be used because they are not left on the hair and exposed to the environment. There are other key things you can do to keep your moisture in and prevent unwanted breakage.
Here are a few additional tips for winterizing your curls:
Bundle up! Try an updo in the winter months to protect your hair, especially the delicate ends. Elements like central heat, bitter winds, and the vents in your car on high heat can wreak havoc. Try a sophisticated bun, top knots, braids, twists and French rolls more often in the winter.
Treat yourself! Deep-treat your hair at every styling session, it only takes 15 minutes and makes a world of difference. Add a micro-heat cap for maximum benefits!
Keep it smooth! Satin-lined hoods and hats are best to keep wool and cotton fabrics from striping the moisture from your curls and/or causing breakage. The satin lining will also help prevent hat hair! If you don’t wear hats you can still line your coat collar with a satin scarf to prevent ends from catching on the rough material.
Don’t be a gel head! Opt for moisturizing curl creams and stay away from gels, during the winter months. A styler that has moisturizing properties is a must for maintaining healthy hair.
Keep it dry! If you live in a freezing climate, leaving your house with still damp hair can actually cause it to freeze and break. Winter requires less shampooing and daily wetting. This may be difficult if you had a wet and set routine during the spring and summer months, but try to look for other hairstyles that requires washing less. You should still shampoo and condition your hair about once a week, but you don’t need to wet and/or conditioner wash as much as other seasons.
Stay cool! Indoor heating can suck the moisture from your hair. This is why it is important not to add additional damage with the use of flat irons, blow dryers and curling irons. Winter is the perfect time of year to try and practice setting techniques. Wet sets (make sure to let fully dry) pin curls and wraps, are ideal and none of require heat to style your hair.
Using heat based tools frequently can add damage to your hair. Try to keep usage to a minimum as much as possible.
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