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If you’re anything like us, the change in the recent weather probably has you wondering where summer disappeared to. The drop in temperature means pulling out your long-sleeves, jumpers and coats, but also switching up your hair routine for the new season, especially if you have natural hair. To get your curls and coils ready for the bitter cold ahead of us, make sure your hair survives the winter with our 6 top natural hair tips.
1. Make protective hairstyles your BFF
Wearing protective hairstyles can really help cut down on every day styling time and reducing the amount of time your hands are in your hair. The beauty of these hairstyles is that they keep the susceptible ends of your hair safely tucked away and generally, require little manipulation. This means the risk of breakage or damage through from handling your hair is minimised. We suggest opting for styles like twists, cornrows or basic braids, because you can easily install them and wear them from Monday to Friday. However, if you’re looking for something more low maintenance, box braids and even wigs are also great options. Just remember to wrap your hair with a silk scarf or invest in a satin pillowcase to reduce any frizz-inducing friction while you sleep.
2. Be clever with your styling routine
Remember what we said about protective hairstyles? Because styles like twists, cornrows, plaits and updos can be installed and worn for a few days, they require little to no manipulation of your hair. Try wearing these hairstyles until the end of your week, then you could take down your hairstyle and rock the perfect twist or braid-out for a day or two, before your wash day.
3. Leave-in conditioner is life!
At the best of times, we can’t live without leave-in conditioner, but as temperatures drop and the air gets cooler and drier, our natural hair will need all the moisture it can get. So make sure to use a leave-in conditioner and hair oil as part of your hair routine. Even if you’re rocking protective hairstyles, topping up your hair’s moisture levels with a hydrating mist and sealing it in with an oil regularly is a must.
4. Switch up your hair oils
Sorry to break this news to the die-hard fans of coconut oil or shea butter, but now that winter is here, it’s time to put these oils and butters away until next summer! Instead, choose options that don’t solidify like jojoba, olive, grapeseed or avocado oil. These oils remain in a stable state regardless of the weather, which means that you can apply them without worrying about your hair turning to icicles!
5. Don’t forget about hair accessories
Ok, we know it’s no longer summer, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t rock cute, fun and practical hair accessories. Headscarves are a great way to protective your hair from the elements, and clips, hair cuffs, beads and embellishments can add a new dimension to your protective hairstyles. If you love knitted or woollen hats, think about wearing a silk scarf underneath or getting hats with a satin lining, this way your fashion accessories won’t zap all the moisture from your hair or rub against your hair.
6. Give yourself (and your hair) some extra TLC
Anyone with natural hair knows that it generally needs more attention than other hair types. As the weather gets colder, use this as an opportunity to set time aside for yourself and your hair. Regularly carve out time in your calendar to do a hair treatment and a facial mask (because why not?) while you write in your journal or read. It’s a great way to (mentally and physically) take on board self-care.
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