Preparing Kinky-Curly Hair for Cold Weather

Unfortunately, my wash-n-go summertime hairstyle is officially coming to an end.  Daily spritzing and conditioner washes will be put on hold, while heavier hair products will be put into rotation.  This is a must in order to protect and prevent hair damage for those of us who live in cold weather climates.   My idea of heavier products would include butters such as shea, shealoe, mango, or cocoa butters.  Pomades, as well as some hair stylers (consisting of the aforementioned butters), are also appropriate and should be incorporated into your routine.  Since oils also differ from light (grapeseed) to heavy (castor), switching these up would also be a good idea.

I’ve included a couple of my cold weather favorites.

PROTECTIVE STYLES – Protective styles are hairstyles that may be left in for a length of time, especially styles where the hair ends are protected from the elements.  Don’t forget winter coats and accessories (wool collars, hats, scarves) may also cause damage by pulling and rubbing the hair.  

  • Braids (box, cornrows)
  • Bantu knots
  • Twists
  • Coils/comb coils
  • Ponytails, etc. 

STYLERS

POMADES

OILS AND BUTTERS  – Check out From Nature With LoveOils By Nature, or local suppliers for the following oils and butters.  The prices are reasonable and you can order as much or as little as you’d like.  Remember a lot of the oils are available at your neighborhood grocery stores, drugstores, or beauty supply stores (BSS) as well.  Be creative and experiment.  It’s so easy to blend your own hair oil and hair butters.  

  • Olive oil/olive butter
  • Aloe vera butter/aloe vera oil
  • Almond oil/almond butter
  • Cocoa butter/cocoa oil
  • Mango butter/mango butter
  • Shea oil/shea butter
  • Shealoe butter (shea butter + aloe vera)
  • Avocado butter/avocado oil
  • Castor oil (drugstore)
  • Africa’s Best Ultimate Herbal oil (BSS)
  • Hot Six Oil (BSS)

PROTEIN TREATMENTS – Used to strengthen hair and help prevent future damage.  I try to do a protein treatment every 1 to 1-1/2 months, but be careful not to overdo it.  Doing protein treatments too often or not being aware of the protein content of daily haircare products (shampoo, conditioner, stylers, etc.) can cause protein overload.  This can, in fact, actually cause damage resulting in hair that is hard, dry, and stiff, which will eventually break off.

  • Aubrey’s GPB Shampoo
  • Lustrasilk Shea Butter Cholesterol (BSS)
  • Elasta QP Breakage Control Serum (BSS)
  • ION Repair Solutions Hair Reconstructor Treatment (Sally’s)

HATS AND SCARVES

Check out my Winter Hats for Kinky Curly Hair post below.  Don’t forget that vintage or consignment shops, as well as second-hand stores (The Salvation Army) have a vast selection of hats and scarves. 

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2 responses to this post.

  1. hey great site! can you buy castor oil at shoppers drug mart?

    Reply

  2. Posted by maturenatural on October 16, 2007 at 5:53 pm

    Thanks! You should be able to find it there as most drugstores usually carry it. Check the aisle where the Pepto-Bismol or laxatives are.

    Reply

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