Cold Days, Great Hair
In recent years, more and more people have come to embrace the natural texture of their hair instead of subscribing to society's norms. Black people specifically have been discriminated against because of their natural hair. So, they have often used harsh chemical products to straighten it which would result in massive hair loss and damage scalp. More and more, we're reclaiming our power and rejecting the ideas of what Eurocentric societies deemed unprofessional. Black women are leading the way for a more inclusive and diverse through their hair.
However, despite this new movement some people still think kinky/curly hair is difficult to care for. Is it true thought? Taking care of natural hair can be extremely difficult only when you don't know your hair. Depending on your hair types which include hair density, porosity, elasticity, scalp, curl pattern ... the needs and care will be different. First, it's important to take the time to understand the needs of your hair and create a routine that works for it. Choosing the right product is the first step for a good routine. The general rule for natural hair is to avoid products that contain sulfates, parabens and short-chain alcohols. Some ingredients have good short-term effects, but over time can be very damaging to the hair. For example, isopropyl alcohol is often used in shampoos and conditioners to help the product penetrate the hair, but it's also a very drying ingredient which will eventually create more frizz. For the colder months, it's best recommended to avoid drying ingredients. You will want to choose products with ingredients that promote hydration and moisture such as shea butter, honey, almond oil, olive oil, argan oil and jojoba oil.
So, it is very important to research the ingredients and their properties before buying a product.
Another tip to maintain great hair during winter is protective styling. It means styling your hair in a way that it prevents breakage and friction. To achieve that you'll want to have a hairstyle to keep your hair, especially your ends, tucked and sealed. Wigs, braids and twists are the most common protective styles. However, just because your hair is tucked away doesn't mean you have to neglect it. Even under protective styles it is important to keep your hair moisturized. Keep your washing and conditioning routine but at a more spaced out time. Avoid tight braids and twists. Crochet is an excellent alternative if you want to avoid breakage from tight styling. It is recommended to take out braids and twists after 4 to 6 weeks. For wigs, avoid gluing them on your edges otherwise you risk having traction alopecia. At night it is recommended to wrap your hair in a silk/satin scarf or bonnet. You can also invest in silk beddings if you're feeling fancy.
However, with all that said, with natural hair, there's no one solution for all. So, despite what I just said, your hair might be more or less receptive to ingredients deemed "bad." Only you can know what your hair needs. And do not forget that just as humans, every hair is unique and beautiful.
Here's few great products you might want to try this winter :
Curls - Blueberry & Mint Tea Hair Growth & Scalp Treatment
Mielle Organics - Babassu & Mint Deep Conditioner
Eden Bodyworks - Coconut Shea Natural Hair Masque Treatment
Taliah Waajid - Creamy Curly Co-Wash
Shea Moisture - Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Conditioner