A Lifestyle blog based in Sonoma County, in the heart of Wine Country. Amber is an outspoken voice for local activism, local wine tourism, and more.

Natural Hair: Guide for Long Lasting Moisture During the Winter Months

During the winter months, we may find that our hair is dry due to the cold weather, environmental debris, and even our wardrobe. Applying moisture to your hair regimen can assist with healthy and hydrated curls. When cleansing your curls, it is best to use both clarifying and moisturizing shampoos. This allows you to gently cleanse your hair and scalp from build-up while adding moisture. After you cleanse, use a moisturizing conditioner to deep condition your curls. You can use additional heat during the deep treatment by using a hair steamer, hooded dryer, or heat cap.

Sealing is key for lasting moisture after cleansing. It plays a huge role in the method known as L.O.C. (leave in conditioner, oil, and cream). When you apply your leave in conditioner or styling product, seal the moisture with oil or hair butter. Sealing will lock the moisture for long lasting results and assist with maintaining healthy hair. Choose an oil that will work best for your curls. I have thick curls and notice that thicker oils such as olive and castor work best for me. If your curls need additional moisture, apply your favorite hair butter or styling cream afterwards.

Check out these great carrier oils for sealing moisture:

-       Olive oil: Thicker oil that is extracted from olives. This is a great choice to moisturize and de-tangle your curls during your wash-day session.
-       Coconut oil: Lightweight oil that is extracted from the meat of coconuts. Great oil to seal with since it penetrates the hair shaft.
-       Castor oil: Thicker oil that is extracted from a castor oil plant, also known as Ricinus communis. This oil is often used to promote thickness of the hair. Just know that a little bit of castor oil for the hair goes a long way!
      Not sure which carrier oil is the best for you? Amazon currently has a Carrier Oil gift set that comes with 5 oils: Almond, Avocado, Caster, Coconut, and Grapeseed! Each oil has it's own unique benefits, as is a great way to determine what your hair needs the most, as well as mixing and matching for custom benefits.

Protective styling is essential to maintaining healthy and moisturized hair in the winter months. Protective styling is when you are styling your hair to protect the ends. These styles include twists, braids, and buns. The ends are the oldest part of your hair, in order to maintain health and length we must take good care of them. If you prefer to not wear your hair in protective styles, try wearing hats while you are outside to protect your hair from environmental debris. If you are feeling crafty, sew your satin cap or lining inside of your hats. That way your curls will not rub against the material.

In addition, be cautious when wearing sweaters or scarfs while your hair is down. Your curls can rub on the material and cause friction, which can lead to breakage. In addition, keeping your hands out of your hair is a best practice for maintaining lasting moisture. When you are constantly touching your hair, you are removing all of the moisture that you applied during styling.

Adding moisture to your curls during cleansing, conditioning, and styling will keep your hair hydrated and shiny. Sealing your curls and ends, and adding these additional practices while battling the cold months will assist with preventing dry and damaged hair. Now, you can make more time for hot cocoa and snuggling in your bed!

© A•Mused

This site uses cookies from Google to deliver its services - Click here for information.

A Mused Blog | A Northern California Sonoma County Blog