Updated: Jan 2
Were you ready for that Central Florida cool down that graced us with its presence for Christmas? I know it was a Naturalista's dream to have cool weather. Most of us, at some point in our lives, have taken advantage of Fall and Winter cool temperatures to enjoy a silky blow out. But for my braid bae's and coily peeps, during these cooler times moisturizing is of the utmost importance. Excessive dryness can lead to unwanted breakage and an itchy scalp. Who has time for that?
Here are a few ways to keep your tresses luscious during the winter months (or week in Florida).
Stay Hydrated: Hair care starts with healthcare. What you put into your body affects the health of your hair. A crucial part of keeping your scalp moisturized is keeping your body hydrated. Drink plenty of water and include fruits and vegetables rich in water to assure you hit your daily water intake goal. I know drinking water can be a little challenging for some but there are several water bottles that allow you to infuse your water with fruits/veggies to add flavor. Show your body some love and drink up!
Love On Your Scalp: It's easy to assume that moisturizing your actual hair is what helps keep it moisturized. While consistent use of good leave-in conditioners and such is helpful, moisturizing your actual scalp is what helps keep your hair healthy. Make scalp moisturizing a regular part of your weekly routine. Stimulating your scalp is also beneficial for aiding in hair growth and relieving tension. Be sure to consult with your stylist if you have certain styles, as you don't want to cause build up by being excessive in usage of products. Be sure to seal in your moisture with a lite oil of your choice.
Shampoo Your Hair as Needed: While some hair textures require shampooing on a daily basis, black hair textures do not. Excessive shampooing can lead to stripping your hair of its natural oils. Instead, shampoo your hair on a regular and as-needed basis. Find what's right for you. Before really submerging myself into the hair industry I heard the myth of "dirty hair makes your hair grow". I laugh now because sometimes I made that my excuse for my lazy days when I didn't want to shampoo my hair. But knowing is half the battle. Since having locs, shampooing my hair isn't as much of a dreadful task. Extra tip: If you have box braids, you CAN shampoo your hair. I recommend either using a dry shampoo to clean your scalp or shampooing in the shower. You can use a tee shirt to tie around your hair to absorb excess water. Avoid towels, as it may cause lint build up.
Deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep Condition: When washing your hair double up on your deep conditioning. Allow your hair some extra time to soak in the extra nutrients and moisture.
Bonnets Are Your Friend: The most essential part of a woman's night attire is her bonnet. Protect your hair from breakage, frizz, and friction by donning a bonnet of your choice before your hit the sheets (and yes, it's SHEETS, not to be confused with STREETS because I'm a firm believer that bonnets are reserved for the bedroom. And can I be completely honest with you? I'm guilty of not liking bonnets, for years and my hair suffered unnecessary frizz and/or decreased the longevity of my style because I didn't think it mattered that much. Don't be like me. I'm doing much better now ya'll.
These are just a few tips to keep your hair healthy and moisturized, especially during the colder months. Which tip will you implement?