Protecting and Caring for Natural Hair in Winter

10/18/2012 | By | More


Though the San Francisco Bay Area weather has returned to being sunny and warm, we’ve been experiencing intermittent cold snaps this month. The last serious cold snap was about 5 days ago, and was so cold I had to put on a sweatshirt and turn on the heater! Of course 2 days later the weather changed again and is now back into the mid to high 80s.

My point is that such weather changes in early October are an indicator of what is to come. Cold weather can wreck havoc on natural hair.  Since this will be my first winter out of braids in 16 years, I was not at all prepared for the impact the weather change would have on my hair.

It was immediately clear that the routine I used for the summer had to be modified. Not only did my hair feel dry and crunchy, I started noticing small curlycues of hair all over the place which indicates breakage from mid-strand down to the ends. Yikes! I needed something a little heavier to protect my hair from moisture loss like NOW.

Shrinkage is evident everytime I wash my hair. I’d say about 50% of my length shrinks up, but that isn’t the key issue. My goal was to make my hair feel like it did all summer, and promptly arrest the breakage I was experiencing. So instead of just using the Giovanni Direct Leave In conditioner¬† by itself then twisting with flax seed gel I always use, I created a mixture that seemed to do the trick! My hair has returned to its soft, smooth, moisturized state and the breakage stopped immediately.

Step 1: Co-washed with Lisa Rachel Conditioning Cleanser for dry hair. Combed hair through with shampoo comb to detangle. Rinsed and wrapped hair in thin towel to absorb water without friction.

Step 2: Applied about 4 tablespoons of the mixture below to entire head then divided into four sections, pinning each section into place.

Step 3: Take down one section and part a row for twisting. Apply generous amount of leave in conditioning blend then comb through and twist hair.

Step 4: Took half of what was left, rubbed hands together and distributed though twists, concentrating on ends of hair.

Some women might just save all of the remainder in the refrigerator to use for next shampoo. The amount you use will of course depend upon the length and thickness of your hair.


Winter Leave-In Conditioner Blend to Prevent Dryness

  • ¬†2 Tablespoons Kinky Curly Knot Today leave in conditioner
  • 2 Tablespoons Giovanni Direct leave in conditioner
  • 4 Tablespoons previously made flax seed gel
  • 2 Tablespoons castor oil
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil

Whip all ingredients together until thoroughly blended and smooth. Apply to damp hair before styling. This mixture is oily, just so you know. Adjust amount of oil or type of oil used for your hair texture, taking any allergies or sensitivities into account.

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Category: Moisturizing, Protecting

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