- Got knots? Out styles can cause a lot of knots, especially in windy weather. A dab of any product that provides a lot of slip (TJ Nourish, Elucence) helps those knots ease right out. Surprisingly, what also works for me is Elasta QP Breakage Control Serum.
- Shea butter and other oils on wet hair sometims have a tendency to make the hair hard and dry. Not good in cold weather. Try shea butter and oils on dry hair instead and see if you experience the softness and sheen you were searching for.
- Want to experience the benefits of henna, but not the color? Try a henna gloss treatment instead. Check out the Henna For Hair website for henna gloss and other recipes.
- Try mixing a little hair pomade with hair moisturizer (shea butter/shealoe, etc.) and apply to ends when doing a protective style. Helps to keep ends smooth, sealed, and protected. I love Hair-A-Do Growth Balm for this.
- Missing those a.m. conditioner washes due to cold weather? Try lightly spritzing hair instead. This moistens the hair before application of stylers or moisturizers. My current favorite spritz mix is Mill Creek’s Amazon Organics Kava & Lemongrass with Lavender Volumizing Conditioner, almond oil, and aloe vera gel. Hair stays soft and fluffy throughout the day.
- Use a heavier conditioner for homemade leave-ins during winter months. Lustrasilk Aloe Vera Cholesterol conditioner has been a product staple of mine for six years now. Because of it’s heavier consistency, I like using this for my leave-in mix with a little olive oil as an alternative to Suave/V05 conditioners with olive oil. Also try adding flaxseed gel to homemade shealoe mixes for a little more hold.
- I love the smoothness and control a gel provides, but resulted in hair loss and thinning of my hairline. Wearing tight or wool blend hats may also cause damage to hairline. Wear roomier, natural fiber hats and apply more natural hair products to your hairline like aloe vera gelly (Lily of the Desert), homemade flaxseed gel, Hairveda Almond Glaze or Hairveda Whipped Gelly. Your hairline will thank you.
- Cover it up or wrap it up. If your hair is damp, cover it up or wrap it up before going outside. Check out my posts featuring fashionable hats, wraps, and snoods from popular Etsy shops.
- Updos and protective styles. Winter is perfect for protective styles like twists, braids, bunning, and updos. Low manipulation styling and protecting those ends help to maintain hair health, as well as length.
- Does your furnace have a humdifier? Make sure it is turned on. Dry indoor heat will zap moisture from your hair, scalp, and skin. Portable hot/cold air mist humidifiers are available for purchase if you don’t have one, or you could put a large bowl of water on your radiator or near a heat vent to help put some moisture back into the air. A homemade hair spritz would be ideal for this situation to help keep your hair moisturized throughout the day.
Hope that helps.
What are some of your winter hair care tips? Please share.