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Prepping natural hair for winter
Just as your clothing, and often your mood, changes with the season, so does your hair. Sadly, along with the cold weather comes dryness and often unmanageable hair that has us counting the seconds until the temperature gauge begins to rise again. It doesn’t have to be this way, though. Prepping your hair correctly before the cold season could mean that your hair looks ‘faboo’ all year round. Here’s where to start.
A Pre-Oil Treatment
Hair treatments that include the right oils (think jojoba, almond and avocado oils) are specifically designed to treat and smooth the hair without leaving any greasy residue. Coating your hair with a product like Mizani’s Supreme Oil Hair Treatment – or a similar, professionally-formulated hair oil – prior to shampooing will protect your hair from drying out and act as an extra conditioning treatment. Allow for the oils in your chosen product to seep deep into your hair’s shafts by leaving the treatment on for a few minutes. Be sure to follow the instructions on the bottle, though, as every product differs.
Lock that Moisture In
Once you’ve washed and conditioned your hair, it helps to finish off your cleansing routine with a sealing product to lock in moisture. The great part about a sealant is that it acts as a barrier between your hair and the elements we’re exposed to on the daily. Try Redken Smooth Sealer for its hydrating elements and its ability to seal in the moisture needed to prevent breakage.
Winter hairstyles for natural hair are designed to prevent further damage when things cool down, and are definitely the way to go if you’re looking to properly prepare for the ‘brrrr’. A good place to start is making sure the ends of your hair are tucked away – not only to prevent the cold winds from frizzing things up, but to assist in reducing the amount of styling you have to do every day. Opt for Bantu knots, twists or braids that’ll look super trendy, while protecting your hair from what’s to come when the season changes.
Cool Down Yourself
During the winter months its best to avoid using any form of heat on your hair. If, like us, you can’t live without your curling iron or hair straightener, it’s best to opt for heating devices where you can control the temperature. That way, you have control over how much heat you’re exposing your hair to, and the lower the temperature, the less frizz there is. If, on a low temperature setting, you find your hair isn’t holding, try a styling serum like Matrix Biolage Smoothing Serum to envelope the hair, control frizz and hold in your style.
While it’s tempting to do your own thing when prepping for the winter months, like wrapping your hair in a stocking, do the necessary research and chat to a professional before coming up with your own alternatives. Your stylist will be able to provide further tricks on how best to tackle the colder months, plus they’ll recommend the products you need for your particular hair type. So, bundle up for winter, but let your locks hang free.
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