Black hair care techniques should change throughout the year, especially during the winter. The key to winterizing your hair care regimen is switching to a routine that causes very little stress on your hair throughout winter while preserving moisture.
What can you do?
1. Shampoo your hair once a week. Remember that it’s not necessary to shampoo your hair every day, since washing Black hair too often can strip it of much needed natural oils, especially in during winter months, when the hair and scalp are already drier than usual.
•Try spraying your hair with a leave-in conditioner, using a wide-tooth comb, and blotting with a soft towel (as opposed to vigorously rubbing it, which can lead to even more breakage).
• Prepare Your Hair. If you decide to use a heating tool, use a hair product to protect your hair from heat. In addition, you can also use a leave-in conditioner accompanied by a heat protecting hair serum to replenish moisture.
• Air Dry. Try letting your hair air dry instead of using a blow dryer.
• Limit Combing. If you choose to comb your hair while it’s dry, try finger combing instead of using a comb. This will reduce breakage. If you do use a comb, be sure to use a wide tooth shower comb.
• Use A Cooler Setting. When using a blow dryer, try using a cooler temperature setting. Your hair may take longer to dry, but it will minimize heat damage.
2. Moisturize and Condition Often
To combat winter dryness, this is a crucial step. Moisturizing is extremely important during winter. Also, deep conditioners and hot oil treatments help restore and replenish moisture to your hair.
The best way to protect your hair during winter is to always try to cover your hair during winter. Don't go outside with your hair wet. Depending on where you live and how cold it gets, your hair could even freeze. Make sure you're wrapping your hair up at night. Wearing a satin bonnet or a scarf will prevent hair from drying while you sleep. Wearing protective styles help preserve your hair throughout the winter.
Follow these few tips to maintain your tresses during these winter months.