Tis the season for cold and brisk weather! Here are a few helpful tips to pamper your natural hair for the fall/winter seasons:
Beware of Chunky Sweaters & Wool Coats
We love sweaters, scarves and wool pea coats. They are the very essence of fashion for the fall and winter months. Honestly, the “season” hasn’t really started until I am able to wear a sweater, scarf or peacoat on any given day of the week. Unfortunately, these garments contain harsh fabrics which can cause friction and breakage when constantly brushed up against our hair or the nape of our neck. Be careful how you style your hair when you dress with these garments. It may also be helpful to keep some spare hair pins or banana clips with you in the event that you have to do an impromptu updo on those days.
Steer Clear of Wash n Go’s
Since our hair tends to be thicker, it can take up to 12 hours for hair to thoroughly dry to the root. When we wash our hair, it allows the pores on our scalp to open and be exposed. When those pores are met with cool air, it can be a recipe for disaster. Not only does it take hair longer to dry in cooler air but hair drying in cooler air will almost always result in the person getting sick. Our recommendation is, if you are going to wear this particular style, save it for the warmer summer months.
Keep Hair Conditioned
Let’s face it. Hair has more of a tendency to dry out when the weather is colder. Some naturals have noted that in the colder months, that they have to switch up their regimen to include the use of alternate moisturizers. I cannot stress enough how much moisture is your BFF. Be sure to read labels to know what is in the products that you are using on your hair. If your product leaves product balls, then you may be dealing with a product that contains synthetic ingredients that coat the hair shaft and don’t actually penetrate it with moisture. You’ll want to use a product that is absorbent and that leaves your hair looking and feeling hydrated.
Watch out for Coffee!
Listen to your hair. She will tell you when she’s thirsty, stressed and not in good health. In the season when we may tend to ramp up our coffee and latte intake, remember that those items are diuretics. What does that mean? It simply means that they draw water out of your body, making you dehydrate quicker if you are not drinking enough water. Make sure you are drinking lots of water, especially if your caffeinated beverages are increasing.
Protect Your Ends
The cold months make a great time for you to allow your hair to hibernate. Hibernation (in the animal kingdom) is defined as an extended period of deep sleep that allows survival winter extremes. We are not animals (lol) however, the concept of hiding and covering to enable survival in an extreme environment can apply to our hair as well. Since winter and fall have bitter chilly temps, you will want to make sure that you protect your hair from the frigidity of the air. Braids, twists, buns and updo’s are a necessity in retaining growth in the winter/fall seasons!
Pay close attention to your hair. Maybe for the winter months, you wash every 2 weeks versus every week? Everyone will be different. Just know that as the elements change, so will the care of your natural hair.