How Is Summer Haircare Different To Winter? | Salon Secret Africa

Sweltering, Not Shivering – How Is Summer Haircare Different To Winter?

Salon Secret
09 March 2018
How is summer haircare different to winter - African woman with hair in high bun

Each season requires a different approach to hair treatment. In the summer, African hair takes a battering from the sun and battles with humidity-induced frizz, while in winter, dryness and breakage become the primary issues. Different problems, different solutions, different approaches to haircare.


When summer rolls around, it’s time to play. The natural texture of your hair thrives on humidity and wet hair dries quickly, without needing added heat. The result is a voluminous crop of stunning curls that will turn heads and leave all your friends green with envy. Add a moisturising style spritz to your daily haircare routine to ensure your locks are always hydrated and on point. Mizani True Textures® Style Refresher Milk is an excellent on-the-go option as it fights frizz and defines curls with its natural nourishing formulation containing coconut, olive and marula oils. During the summer months you can also have fun with hats, scarves and head wraps, as well as hairstyles like crochet twists, micro braids, Bantu knots and braid outs, to keep your hair protected and fight off the heat.

Top tip: Summer is the best time to embrace your curls and rock a natural afro – moisturise regularly with a leave-in conditioner and allow to dry without heat.


A dip in temperature means the loss of your hair’s moisture, a fact that can result in more breakage than usual. It is for this reason that extra care must be taken during winter. You can combat dryness and breakage with regular deep conditioning treatments to enhance your hair’s ability to retain moisture. Don’t wash or wet as often, stay away from heat styling and play around with protective hairstyles such as braids, buns, ponytails, cornrows, up styles, and twists. Winter is also a good time to try out hair colour options, as they are less prone to fading in the winter months.

During this time of year, look for products containing:

  • Vitamin E oil
  • Argan oil
  • Olive oil
  • Murumuru butter
  • Shea butter

Top tip: Lock in extra moisture by switching to a natural oil-infused moisturiser for winter. Rocky Bukasa, Mizani education developer, explains, “Regardless of your hair type, Mizani’s Supreme Oil Hair Treatment offers lightweight luxurious nourishment for the winter months. Its combination of eight natural oils, including Argan, jojoba, olive and avocado work at the surface and penetrate to the core of hair strands. And you never have to worry about greasiness.”

Dark and Lovely’s Amla Legend Oil of 7 Wonders works in a similar restorative and luxurious manner. Alternatively, there’s Dark and Lovely Moisture Plus Ultra-Light Oil Moisturiser Spray. The name’s a mouthful, but its combination of almond oil and special moisture-sealing technology effectively replenishes dry and dull hair.

Summer is the time to experiment, winter it’s time to be conservative. So, on a hot day, feel free to show off your natural locks, just remember to protect your hair against the effects of humidity. And take extra care in the cold months when your hair is more likely to suffer under the pressure of dryness.

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