Protect Your Natural Hair This Hat Season!

by Toia B of LuvtoBNatural

Brrr… It’s time to bundle up!

One of the most important accessories you’ll need this season is a nice, cozy hat. Wool is often the go-to option for obvious reasons. Even so, this ├╝ber warm fabric can cause unwanted damage to your hair…

While they serve an important purpose, wool winter hats can cause breakage from friction. Ever have a wool turtleneck or scarf that you wore pretty often and notice later on that the hair at the nape of your head is thinning out? Mmhhmm… friction! Also, much like cotton, wool absorbs moisture from your hair… this, as we know, can eventually lead to breakage. So look for hats with satin or silk linings.

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How to Survive Winter without Protective Styling

by Tammy Goodson of Curlychics

So it's March and considering there's still ice on the ground, naturals are scampering to find the ultimate protective style. But what if you are not a fan of protective styling? Can you still protect your hair without having your ends tucked away? Here a few tips:
  • Deep condition- Moisture Moisture Moisture *in my Jan Brady voice*. Weekly deep conditioning for at least 30 minutes helps to replenish loss moisture which is a necessity in caring for textured hair.
  • Hair Steaming- Hair steaming is the God Mother of deep conditioning methods. The steam opens up the cuticle of your hair allowing deeper penetration, leaving it soft and preventing breakage.

Combating Dry Winter Hair

by Susan Walker of Earthtones Naturals 

I have a confession to make…I have hand in hair syndrome I absolutely LOVE to touch my hair and play with it. I love to feel the texture of it, to pull on it and have it spring back into place. But most of all, I love to feel the softness and moisture in my hair. This is why I absolutely detest the feeling of dry hair. You know what I’m referring to: the coarse, rough feeling hair with that characteristic “crunch” sound when you touch it. I understand that a lot of this may be inherent in the characteristics of textured hair. But it’s my opinion that if your hair FEELS dry, it likely is and this can be exacerbated in the winter time. As a result modifications to your hair care regimen are necessary in order to ensure your hair is adequately moisturized. After experimenting with my hair care regimen I’ve finally found what works for me to minimize dryness and retain moisture, at least until my next wash day and have created some tips that can help your hair looks and feel its best throughout this particular season.

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Quick Fixes to 5 Winter Hair Woes

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Holiday shopping, sipping cocoa near the fireplace, office parties, secret santa gift exchanges, and....dry hair. Winter weather can be especially rough on natural hair; the colder the climate, the worse off your hair. But all hope is not lost! Check out these 5 winter hair woes, and how to ward them off before the family Christmas photo!

Winter Woe #1: Brittle, Dry Hair
The most common complaint among naturals in the winter time is dry hair. Although the dry hair can be attributed to any number of things, let's just focus on the one constant: dry air. Winter air lacks the humidity that keeps our tresses feeling soft. To combat dry hair, make the following quick switches:
Wash hair with lukewarm, not hot water. Hot water is drying - to the hair and skin. Although a hot steamy shower may feel good, it does nothing but leave your hair dry and prone to frizzing.

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Life, Love and Pursuit of Protective Styling

Pic1: my natural hair  Pic2: my weave

by Tammy Goodson of CurlyChic

Protective styling is not something I’ve been too successful at in the past but I respect it. I know that it has its place in the natural hair universe so I acknowledge its existence. I’ve always embraced the idea of it – I mean it makes sense. It is in line with all things sacred as it pertains to healthy hair and length retention:

• Protect the ends
• Low manipulation

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Should I Change My Hair Care Regimen for the Winter?

READER QUESTION: Do I really need to change my hair care regimen as the weather cools? If so, what do you recommend?

CURLYNIKKI's RESPONSE: Regimen tweaks are truly something to consider as the seasons change. Your curls, which are already prone to dryness, crave even more moisture the cooler and drier it gets. It is advised that we avoid humectants in the winter. Common humectants include honey, glycerin, panthenol, hydrolized wheat protein, and propylene glycol. These ingredients are great summer staples because they draw moisture from the humid air into our thirsty strands. But during the winter, they can have the opposite effect, potentially drawing out the moisture from our strands into the drier atmosphere. For this reason, I shelve many of my favorite conditioners and stylers until summer rolls back around. I don't, however, avoid humectants in products that I rinse out, such as my instant conditioners and deep treatments.

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