It is a must to winterize your hair care regimen to protect your hair from the cold, dry air. I know many of you have been experiencing cold weather for some time now. However, the temps here are back and forth. One week it is hot and I am in t-shirt and shorts and the next it is chilly and brisk and I am in sweaters and jeans. It has yet to get cold and stay cold. However, when it does, below are 7 ways I plan to winterize my hair care regimen.
How to Winterize Your Hair Care Regimen
Apply a Thick, Creamy, Moisturizer
My hair is not that forgiving or accommodating in the winter. Hair lotions, spritzes and lighter moisturizers are simply out of the question. My hair requires a thick, creamy, buttery moisturizer that really penetrates and coats the strands for ultimate protection. Although my bottomless product bin is home to several winter moisturizers, my staple favorites are AfroVeda CocoLatte (moisture) and Bee Mine Luscious (protein). I rotate these moisturizers based on what my hair desires.
Seal with a Heavy Oil or Butter
My hair responds very well to extra virgin avocado oil. It’s the best sealer for my hair, hands down. It penetrates my hair and nourishes it like no other. For winter sealing, I reach for thicker butters and oils because they provide better protection against wind and other environmental conditions. My favorites are avocado butter, hemp seed butter, Pura Body Natural Sapote Oil, Shikakai Oil and Castor oil.
Maintain an Effective Wash Day Regimen
My wash day regimen pretty much remains the same year ’round — prepoo, cleanse, deep condition (with heat), air dry or roller set. I’ve been keeping consistent with this regimen for a few years now and it works. I rotate products in and out my regimen based on what my hair needs – protein or moisture. I don’t, however, have any wash day products specifically reserved for winter.
Layer Leave In Products to Lock in Moisture
Much like my wash day routine, my leave in method remains the same for winter as well. I always use a variation of the LOC method each was day.
LOC: Liquid, Penetrating Oil, Creamy moisturizer
LOCB: Liquid, Penetrating Oil, Creamy moisturizer, Butter
LOCO: Liquid, Penetrating Oil, Creamy Moisturizer, Thick/Heavy Oil
*I always start with the LOC method then assess. If my ends look like they need extra coating for protection, I’ll touch up the ends with butter or heavy oil.
Wear Protective Styles
I pretty much protective style 95% of the time no matter the season. In the spring, summer and fall, I typically take the hair down each night. The winter brings about a change. I will pull
off multi-day protective styles frequently (buns, twists or braids). My hair loves being put away for days. It holds hydration better and of course there is the added benefit of less manipulation. Win-Win
Wear Protective Covering
I never leave home without a head scarf / bonnet and a beanie. I place the head scarf (or bonnet) directly on my hair for protection before putting on my beanie. It would be so much easier to stitch the scarf / bonnet inside the beanie but I’m just not there yet. I make sure to leave the beanie on until I’m safely inside, out of the outside temps. This protects my hair from the harsh winter temps.