Leaving the Summer | Winter TLC
Both the summer and winter bring about their own unique problems for your hair but, what the seasons can agree on is that they both can leave your hair brittle, dry and deprived of moisture. Winter though, brings a new set of problems as the cold climate is often a lot harsher to hair than the summer. Therefore, it’s vital to give your hair the TLC it needs to cope with the new season.
You’ll need to tweak your hair routine up a bit to accommodate for winter. With a winter routine, the key is to give your hair moisture. The thing that’ll do so is a regular deep conditioning treatment. Be it professional or at home, deep conditioning will literally change the condition of your hair. Depending on your needs, choose a treatment that’s best; if you’re looking for moisture and hydration, use Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Intensive Mask. The coconut will work to keep your hair in tip top condition. For even deeper conditioning, mix the treatment with Olive Oil. Sit under a hot cap or a steamer for at least 30 minutes as the heat will allow the treatment to penetrate into your scalp and hair better. It’s worth investing in a hair steamer because the way they leave your hair is unbelievable! They can be a bit pricey so like most of us, the recession has hit so go to your local steam room and slather the treatment into your hair.
As well as a deep treatment, hot oil treatments are great for preventing damage aswell as repairing it. Warm up some oil in the microwave, but be careful to make sure it doesn’t get hot and then pour it onto your hair. Massage the oil into your scalp for a couple of minutes then cover your head with a shower cap. The shower cap will trap the heat in order to penetrate into the hair. The oil that I’ve found to do the trick is Jojoba; it coats the strands and works really hard at keeping your hair super moisturised. I love Queen Helene’s Jojoba Hot Oil Treatment as it gets your hair so soft that I would only need it every other month or so!
With the conditioning down, what you do after washing your hair is incredibly important. You’ve deep conditioned or done a hot oil treatment that’s given you the much needed moisture so how do we keep it? There are certain products that seal in moisture and keep your hair hydrated for longer. Products containing ingredients such as argan oil, shea butter and coconut will do just the trick but I’ve found that using the real thing works the best. Working a modest amount of coconut oil which is quite cheap into damp hair will do a lot more than using an expensive serum that’ll contain only a certain amount. Before sealing in the moisture, use a leave-in conditioner. I can’t stress enough how much I love the person that invented leave-in conditioner!
I’ve told you all what you should do but, now I’m going to say what you shouldn’t. A big request from you is to keep heat and colouring and other chemical treatments such as relaxing at a minimum during the winter. Blowdrying, straightening, curling, relaxing and dying your hair may make your hair look nice but, regularly, it’ll only make your hair look worse. The damage it causes your hair is just too much and with the harsh whether on top of that, it could take many months to repair the damage. It’s not pretty having dull, limp and dry hair and if your hair gets to a certain level of damage, the only way to salvage your hair is to simply chop it off!
For those of you who wear the hijab, ensure that the material is kind enough to your hair. You’d be surprised at just how many hijabs rub against the hair causing friction, which can lead to breakage. If you are wearing a hijab that might not be so hair friendly, try wearing a satin cap underneath. The satin will smooth down your hair and will eliminate all friction. The same applies to your pillow during the night. The reason why there’s such a thing as ‘bed hair’ is that you’ve been rubbing your head against a pillow for 8 hours! A satin cap will keep your hair the way it was the night before and will really look after your hair. You can also use a satin pillow if you don’t want to wear a scarf to bed too.
So that is my advice ladies! Make sure you’re good to your locks this winter and they’ll be good to you. Do you have any tips for keeping your hair soft and smooth during the winter? Let me know by writing in the comments box below.