Let's not forget the central heating system in our places of abode. Even though we are not directly applying heat to our hair, the heaters can be very drying.
Here are my Tried and True Winter Hair Care Tips:
Less Frequent Washing: I have been washing my hair weekly and it's okay for my hair. I use Curlicious Curls Cleansing Cream which is within the acidic pH range to wash my hair. It's suitable to use weekly as it helps closes the cuticles due to it's acidity. However, due to the cold weather and it's drying effects, I would reduce the frequency of my hair washing to 10 days to 2 weeks. I did this for my hair last winter and my hair loved it. My hair loves being left alone. I also do not use a lot of products in my hair so I hardly have product build up. I had a lot of length retention last winter as I did not wash my hair frequently.This year, I have found a new Clarifying Cleanser which I will be using every 6 weeks. My review on that will be coming up soon
Scalp Nourishing Serum: While our hair is being pampered , let's not forget the scalp. If you already have a dry scalp, the colder months can make the condition worse. It is important to use scalp treatments that will keep bacteria and fungus away, and restore the health of the scalp to normal. Although, I never did a review on this product, Jane Carter's Scalp Nourishing Serum, I can honestly say that it is the best scalp energizer ever. My scalp feels "treated", itch- free and clean when I use this product.
Moisturizing: I cannot say enough about this. I usually do my moisturizing at night and once my hair is semi dry, I cover it with a silk scarf. I do use a home made moisturizer (without vegetable glycerin, which draws out moisture from your hair during the colder season). My hair feels soft and moist the next day.
Sealing with Heavy Creams:I also seal my ends with a home-made Shea butter cream (which is made up of Shea butter, aloe juice, coconut oil, Castor oil and some preservatives) My ends are not brittle and bushy any more. I take extra good care of the ends as they are the oldest part of my hair. Another cream that I swear by during the winter is the Alma and Olive Heavy Cream by Qhemet Biologics. See my review of Amla and Heavy cream here
Deep Conditioning:To help with moisture retention, it is advisable to do regular deep conditioning treatment especially during the colder months. My new found favorite Deep Conditioner is Curls Ecstasy. See my review of Curls Ecstasy here. Hot oil treatments are also a staple in my winter regimen. I use either Extra Virgin Coconut oil or Olive oil
Protective Styles: I don't know about you but I could care less about my hair looking so cute in the winter time. I am too cold to be wearing cute hair styles..lol. In the past winter seasons, I wore double strand twists all the time. This time around , I will be wearing braids. See my reason for choosing braids over twists here. Protective styles help you retain moisture and keep your hair length. They also prevent hair damage as you would not be over-manipulating your hair so much. Protective styles come in different forms, including wearing wigs (for some, I tried and I did not like it) and hats. I do wear scarves and hats a lot during the winter. The only time that my hair is seen in public is when I am going to church or an event.
Trim your split ends. What better time to get rid of those raggedy ends than the winter time? It 's cold, and you are either wearing a protective style or some hat , so why not just go ahead and cut off those unhealthy ends. This is the best time to do it. Let me just make myself clear, I do not do regular trimming. But when my ends are so thin that they are barely hanging and you can see through them, it's time to trim them off.
Final words; I realize that I do take better care of my hair during the winter, which I am well aware of the obvious reason. However, I need to be that ambitious during the summer season as well. What about you? Do you have any winter hair care tips that you can share here?