Winterizing Your Hair Regimen
As the winter months approach us, it's beneficial to switch out some of your hair care products to ensure added protection of your crown. To see what I do to winterize my hair regimen, continue reading.
•The first step to winterizing your hair regimen is to shampoo less and conditon more. During the warmer months it makes perfect sense to clarify often due to sweat which causes product buildup. In the colder months, the air becomes very dry so you want to keep as much moisture in the strands as possible. In the winter I mainly co-wash, and will clarify my hair once a month. For those who don't know what co-washing is, it's when you wash your hair using a cleansing conditioner. My current favorite is EDEN BodyWorks Coconut Shea Cleansing Wash.
•During a wash day in the winter months I always deep conditon. Again, the air outside will be very dry from the cold which sucks the moisture from your hair. Replenishing that moisture through deep conditioning is essential to retaining healthy hair. So remember to take 5-30 minutes during wash day to deep condition. My current favorite deep conditioner is the Shea Mositure Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Masque.
•Incorporate a humectant into your wash day. Humectants draw moisture from the air into the hair, which helps the hair stay hydrated. My all time favorite humectant is Natural Honey. I mix it into my deep conditioner if it's not already an added ingredient.
•Moisturize your hair often and seal with a heavier oil in the winter is a must. On any given day, it's essential for the hair to have some type of contact with water whether you wash your hair or spritz it with water daily. During the winter months I do the LCO Method on my hair every night before bed. Instead of using a lighter oil such as Almond Oil, I use Shea Butter to seal my hair.
•The last key to winterizing a hair regimen is protective styling. Granted I always protective style year round, but during the winter months I always choose styles where the ends are tucked away. For example, buns, twist, and braids are my go to. I add a little extra oil to the ends and make sure I tuck them into the hair so the harsh air doesn't dry them out.
Hopefully these tips helps you winterize your hair wash day routine, and provides you with extra moisture. Mositure is the key to healthy hair and length retention, so be sure to moisturize your hair daily.