Hello and Happy New Year! This has been a harsh winter. And on the west coast there is a drought! Clearly, this is not the best weather for black hair. This not the best weather for anyone’s hair, skin, or nails! The most important thing to do for your overall health is to hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate! I am not only talking about what your put on your body, but also what you put into your body. First things first, drink water. The first thing you should do every morning is, drink a glass of water and continue to do so during the day. This will help your hair, skin and nails look better. In addition to drinking water, eat foods that have a lot of water in them. For example: oranges and lettuce.
With a hydrated body, your hair skin and nails will have a fighting chance when you lather them with moisturizers. As always, preventing damage is the best way to attack dry hair. Use a water and oil based moisturizer on your hair every night. You could try the L.O.C. (Liquid, oil, cream) Method. The LOC starts with a leave-in conditioner, water or a water based moisturizer such as Sofn’Free (http://www.mmcosmetics.com/sof_n_free_curly.html). Rub this on your hair. Next, add a thin layer of oil such as castor or olive oil. Finally, apply a butter or hair cream on your hair such as shea butter. If the L.O.C. method is not for you, then make sure you hydrate your ends every night. I use Sofn’Free, shea butter or coconut oil every night.
More than ever, hair masks and deep conditioners are an excellent way to strengthen you air against frigid temperatures. I encourage you to look into a hair steamer. Hair steamers blow moist heat on to the hair, which lifts hair cuticle. Hair steamers allow hair strands to absorb moisture and the benefits of any conditioning treatment on the hair. Some conditioners, like Phyto, require lots of liquid to activate. Therefore a steamer is an excellent way to extract all the benefits of conditioning treatments.
Remember, everyone’s hair is different so these methods may not work for you. However, if you are struggling with extra dry hair try one of these two methods of hydrating your hair. Hair steamers are available for purchase on-line. If you are not ready to make the leap and buy a steamer, ask your hair care profession to try going under the steamer.
The most important thing about winter is protecting the ends of your hair. Retaining hair length is just as important as growing your hair. Because the hair tends to grow slower in colder weather, it is important to focus on the ends during the winter. Remember:
1) Wool scarves, sweaters, and coats made will cause breakage.
2) Use protective styling to protect your hair from cold weather and wool; and
3) Stay away from too much heat styling.
Are you guys going to change your hair regime during the winter? Do you have any tips? Have you seen a trichologist yet? Please share. Remember there is a science to hair care, so make sure you become a scientist!