Dry natural hair continues as the top concern for women all through the year but especially during the winter. If you are a resident of Texas like me you know that “winter” is just another word as our weeks can range in temperature from 72 degrees on Monday to 42 degrees on Tuesday. However, if you live in colder climates, as the weather shifts so should your hair care regimen. Many women opt to wear protective styles for this reason including strand twists, wigs and crochet braids, which still require intense moisturizing. But, if you still want to rock your curls all year here are 4 products that can kill your dry hair woes.
1. Moisturizing Lotions
Moisturizing lotions are a great daily option to use on just about any hair style – perm rods, twists, blowouts etc. As a blogger I’ve tried tons of products (as you can imagine). I’ve also seen the good, the bad, and the not so pretty but as soon as I used the Hydratherma Naturals Daily Growth Moisturizing Lotion I was hooked. I originally received this product as a sample in a swag bag after attending a natural hair event. Quickly, I found myself trying to squeeze the last drop out of that sample. This also made me realize how much I enjoyed the lotion Since shea butter is the second ingredient of this product, it enables your hair to retain moisture better than most moisturizing lotions I’ve tried. Although shea butter might seem too heavy for a product labeled as a lotion, the daily moisturizing lotion is still very light weight and was able to keep my hair hydrated all day.
Here are the full ingredients:
Water, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Glycerin, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Arachis Hypogaea (Peanut) Oil, Emulsifying Wax NF, Emu Oil, Hydrogenated Almond Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Fragrance, Germall Plus
2. Deep Conditioning Tools With Mild Heat
To combat your dry hair during the winter (or any other time) implementing a deep conditioning regimen every week is a must. To further help your deep conditioner of choice work its magic, opt for a mild heat tool such as a hair steamer or microwaveable deep conditioning cap to help you receive maximum moisture. Here are a few options:
-Heutiful Hooded Hair Steamer
-Q-Redew Handheld Steamer
-Hair Therapy Wrap Deep Conditioning Cap
I’ve talked about steaming a few times here on the blog so if you missed those posts click here to read more about the benefits of steaming. If you don’t have the time or money to invest into a full hooded steamer, a microwaveable deep conditioning cap like the Hair Therapy Wrap will allow you to deep condition without restricting you to sit 30 minutes in once spot.
3. Intensely Moisturizing Deep Conditioners
Continuing the conversation of deep conditioning, if you are battling dry hair opt for an intensely moisturizing deep conditioner without protein to ensure you are maintaining the correct protein-moisture balance. A general rule of thumb I use to keep my balance in line is to rotate between protein and moisturizing deep conditioners every week. Both Koils by Nature Ultra-Moisturizing CocoAloe Deep Conditioner and tgin Honey Miracle Mask Deep Conditioner offer some of the best moisturizing ingredients. Specifically, with tgin the second ingredient on the list is raw honey, which is perfect for dry natural hair since honey works as a humectant to draw moisture to your strands.
4. Refreshing Sprays: Store Bought or DIY
Since naturally curly hair is prone to be drier than other textures, refreshing your hair multiple times a day can actually work in your favor. A simple DIY refresher spray is easy to make on your own. Take a spray bottle and combine water, leave in conditioner (if you want) and a few drops of your favorite oil to do the trick. As a boost, add some aloe vera juice or rosewater for extra hydration. Aloe vera juice will help to maintain softness for a few days. The goal is not to totally saturate your hair every 4-5 hours but instead give your hair a light mist to continue the hydration throughout the day. This option is also great to use at night before bed. If you aren’t a DIY person, products like the Obia Natural Hair Curl Hydration Spray or the Alikay Naturals Lemongrass Leave In Conditioner are two of my favorite options.