Nurturing our hair during colder seasons helps us keep our hair healthy, and moisturised. Whether you’re bundling up or letting your hair down. Renowned Darling Hair Stylist, Thomas Tsheola gives us some hair tips to stay revitalised this winter. Winter weather can be the worst when it comes to maintaining black hair. Excessive dryness leads to hair breakage and a dry scalp. Tsheola helps us with these easy steps to preserve moisture.
- Keep Your Head Warm – Even with protective styles, we should always keep warm during cold months. This is the perfect time to wear those cute hats or beanies to enhance your look.
- Retain Moisture – The most important weapon to combating dryness during the winter is to protect your hair by retaining moisture. Tsheola advises on using light oils on the scalp like avocado, jojoba, or coconut oil, to ensure that your hair stays natural and doesn’t break. Additionally it is important to add water to your diet and regimen. Drink more water.
- Avoid Harmful Chemicals – Please avoid using products with sodium lauryl sulfate, mineral oil, and petrolatum because they cause more dryness.
- Minimize The Heat – The quickest way to cause breakage is by using excessive heat. Should you decide to use heating tools such as hair dryers, straighteners and curling tongs, please ensure that you use a leave-in conditioner accompanied by a heat protecting hair serum to replenish moisture.
- Wear Protective Styles – Protective styles can also be a great aid when trying to optimise your winter hair routine. Protective styles can be anything from Crochet, Twist to Box Braids that can be kept in for several weeks. Tsheola adds that when your hair isn’t in a protective style, you may have tangling, dryness, or breakage that can result in moisture loss. These styles shield your hair from the elements and minimise the need for manipulation with heat.
- Care For Your Scalp – Your scalp needs care too. Your scalp is an extension of your face. Just like the rest of your skin, your scalp also needs regular exfoliation. It is important to do a deep treatment once or twice a month.
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