It’s that time of the year! We’re getting ready to transition into fall, which for some of us means switching up the usual hair care routine. I love my fro, so I try to give it some extra TLC in the colder months. These tips have helped me avoid dry, brittle hair with minimal effort and cash. They work best for kinky/coily/curly hair.
TIP #1: USE PROTECTIVE STYLES
This one is a no brainer. Whether you like sew-ins, braids, Marley twists, OR you just twist/braid your own hair…Keeping those strands protected and ends put away is extremely helpful. Protective styles keep my hair feeling moisturized longer and reduce breakage and split ends. To save those coins, learn how to do a few protective styles by yourself. Marley twists are my go to!
TIP #2: SWITCH UP YOUR OILS
In the warmer months, coconut oil is life. When winter rolls around, I’m not about it. To avoid awkward chunks of oil solidifying in your twist out, opt for something like castor oil. It’s very thick, which I’ve found to protect my ends better in the cold, windy weather…AND you don’t have to worry about it hardening in your hair. Other oils (and butters) to try this fall/winter: jojoba oil, Shea butter, mango butter, avocado oil, argan oil, etc.
TIP #3: DEEP CONDITION
When the weather is warm, I deep condition about once a month. When it’s cold out, I’ll bump it up to twice a month or weekly if I’ve been wearing my hair out. Making your own deep conditioner can be easy & fun. If you’d like some recipe ideas, leave a like & comment below! I like to deep condition with a heating cap for extra soft coils.
TIP #4: USE A MOISTURIZING SHAMPOO
Everyone has different opinions on what shampoo to use (if any) and how often. It really depends on your personal needs. My suggestion: If you’re going to shampoo your hair, use a moisturizing shampoo. Moisturizing and repairing shampoos get my fro clean while also leaving it more manageable and less stripped than a traditional cleanser.
TIP #5: TAKE YOUR VITAMINS
Supplementing with vitamins like biotin can help keep your curls/coils healthy & growing strong. Of course other vitamins and minerals will help as well, so eat a diet rich in nutrients to make sure your body has what it needs to thrive.
TIP #6: STAY ACTIVE & DRINK PLENTY OF WATER
Being active gets your blood flowing which helps stimulate hair growth & health. Many people find they lack motivation to get up and move when it’s cold outside. My best advice is to find something you really love and stick with it! The options are endless…dancing, indoor rock climbing, skating, yoga, etc. And while you’re at it, STAY HYDRATED. The water you put into your body is just as important as the water you put on your hair. Both play a major key in keeping your lovely locks moisturized.
Bless up ❤