by Jamila of CollegeCurlies

Hey y’all! Fall is upon us, and I wanted to share with you four of my must-have items for the changing of the seasons:

1. Satin Bonnet: Not only is this a totally necessary item for protecting your hair while sleeping, it does wonders during the day…under a cute hat. I noticed the bonnet peeking out of the hat after I took this photo, but check it out:

the time during the colder months. That leads me to our next must-have item for fall….

2. Hair Accessories: It’s super easy to spice up fall outfits with some fun accessories. I love these two from Forever 21, they’re all kinds of cheap and not hard to find.

Floral Bow Clips– $1.50
Plaited Knit Beanie– $5.50

I don’t mind wearing low-maitenance styles like buns or puffs when I know that I don’t necessarily have to sacrifice the fun and funky look of my hair.

3. Oil: Oil is a great sealant, and can also be used for scalp massages, deep conditioning treatments, hot oil treatments, and for everyday hair pampering. My favorite is coconut oil, it acts as both a penetrating moisturizer and a sealant. It’s great for any weather, but as it gets colder, it’s going to be important to give your hair some daily lovin’. I like to spritz my hair at night before bed, apply a light coat of coconut or EVOO, and then twist my hair in chunky twists. When I follow this routine regularly, my hair stays moisturized and easier to manage throughout the week.

4. Shampoo: This is a controversial one, but I’m an advocate. Washing my hair every two weeks with a sudsy shampoo gets all the gunk off of my scalp (it’s gross, but real) that co-washing several times a week does not. I use a lot of heavier products (Shea butter, Shea Moisture) and doing water rinses and conditioner washes doesn’t get it all. Your hair needs a thorough cleansing every so often…just make sure not to overdo it, especially if the product is stripping (it leaves your hair with that “squeaky clean” feeling). You can juice up your shampoo by adding conditioner, as described here.

Remember: What works for one head of curls might not work for you, so do and use whatever your hair likes!

What are your fall must-haves? Let me know!

CurlyNikki Says:

My must haves?
*Curlformers to prep and stretch for protective styling
*Cute beanies and tams
*Satin bonnet scarf for night time protection and to wear under the beanies
*Oils to nourish and protect
*Heavy duty moisturizers
*A fully stocked henna stash
*A rich deep conditioner
*and I can’t believe I’m typing this… a light protein leave-in