Get Healthy Moisturized Hair in the Winter (or anytime)!

Everyone knows that winter can be a drag on your skin and everything else (mood, car, etc).  It’s just as bad for your hair! I live in a windy climate near 3 large bodies of water. *Lucky me.* The air is everything but nice to my hair and skin. (Need tips for moisturizing your skin in the winter? Read about it here.) Deep moisturizing conditioners and masks works wonders for my hair. If I did not have thick naturally curly hair I would be better off washing everyday with a heavy conditioner but I can’t. It already takes me four hours to wash, deep condition, blow-dry and flat iron my hair. If I did this every day or every other day imagine what time I would have to get up in the morning! First, let’s tackle the real question…

 What Causes Dry Hair?

  • Hair color – Permanent, Semi-Permanent etc
  • Bleaching
  • Other Chemical Treatments – Relaxers and Perms
  • Weather conditions – Wind, Sun, and Extreme cold
  • Constant use of heating tools – Blow-dryers, Flat irons, Curling irons etc
  • Shampoos with harsh ingredients – Sulfates
  • Chlorine from pools
  • Hard Water

I have found ways to protect my hair by getting the moisture I need for my *4a/b hair type. Most tips works with other hair types as well, use your discretion.

*Refers to curl pattern of hair

Hair Tips for…Washing and Conditioning Hair

  • Use a deep conditioning balm or conditioning mask weekly. This helps to replenish moisture that has been lost throughout the week.
  • Use a leave in conditioner after washing and conditioning hair.
  • Add unrefined/ organic oils to shampoos and conditioners. Play with the amounts. Only you know how much oil you can stand in your hair without washing it out.
    • Coconut and Olive oils are my favorites.
    • Some curlies/ naturals swear by shea butter for moisture.
    • Other oils that may be lighter and provide similar moisturizing properties — Argan, Amla, Avocado, Grape Seed, Jojoba, Moroccan, and Sweet Almond.

Styling

  • Wear your hair up in a pony tail or bun when wearing a coat. Does it seem like your hair stays the same length in the winter? It’s because of friction. The ends of your hair are suffering. Your ends are rubbing against your coat and clothes. The end eventually breaks (especially if you are not moisturizing regularly).
  • Get rid of static and frizz by using an anti-frizz serum or Moroccan Oil
  • Use products with humectants. They help your hair retain moisture.

A List of Humectants

  • 1,2,6 hexanetriol
  • Dipropylene glycol
  • Glycerin
  • Hexylene Glycol
  • Panthenol
  • Phytantriol — enhances moisture-retention, increases absorption of vitamins, panthenol, and amino acids into hair shaft, imparts gloss
  • Propylene glycol
  • Sodium PCA
  • Sorbitol
  • Triethylene glycol
  • Polyglyceryl sorbitol
  • Glucose
  • Fructose
  • Polydextrose
  • Potassium PCA
  • Urea
  • Hydrogenated Honey
  • Hyaluronic Acid
  • Inositol
  • Hexanediol beeswax
  • Hexanetriol Beeswax
  • Hydrolyzed Elastin
  • Hydrolyzed Collagen
  • Hydrolyzed Silk
  • Hydrolyzed Keratin
  • Erythritol
  • Capryl glycol
  • Isoceteth-(3-10, 20, 30)
  • Isolaureth-(3-10, 20, 30)
  • Laneth-(5-50)
  • Laureth-(1-30)
  • Steareth-(4-20)
  • Trideceth-(5-50)
List from NaturallyCurly.com

Out and About

  • Wear a hat lined with satin. The satin lining protects your hair from friction with the hat especially if it is lined with fleece, felt, or wool.

At Night

  • For thick hair: Apply a thin layer of your moisturizing oil on your hair nightly before going to bed — concentrating on the ends. If you used too much you will know. Your hair will lose its bounciness and might look limp in the morning. Using oils at night allows them to be absorbed into your hair.
  • Sleep with a satin pillow case or satin bonnet. This reduces friction hair damage throughout the night.

Have a happy healthy hair journey!

Need tips for moisturizing your skin in the winter? Read about it here.

About the Author:

Kiesha has been a beauty & fashion blogger for over a year, and a fashionista for a lifetime! She started Glamorbelle.com to share her love of reviewing beauty products. She also shares her experiences on Youtube. She loves meeting new people, so keep in touch!

Kiesha – who has written posts on GlamorBelle.com.


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