A good friend of mine once took a trip to Europe for a month during the winter time, but when she came back she was in tears. “Lyn my hair broke all over the place and now I don’t know what to do!”
Neither did I, so I got to researching. Some of you are reading this from those places that get extremely cold sometimes so here’s a little something for you alls. If you’re planning to leave Uganda, to travel the world, start at a new school or just to ‘eat life’ for a weekend, you need to know how best to take care of your natural hair in the harsh weather or else, like my friend, you might not return so happy.
Before we get too far into this, I’d like to wish a Happy Game of Thrones to all the GOTers reading this; winter is here this weekend, get your fancy furs out, your throne grabbing strategies and theories, and let’s take the Iron Throne!
Anyhow without further ado, here are my top tips for taking care of natural hair if you moved to Winterfell:
Natural hair needs LOTS of moisture:
If you don’t listen to any other advice of mine listen to this one thing. Your hair need’s several drinks! This is simply because the air around you is dry and is looking for the tiniest bit of water to turn into more ice. Low humidity means your hair is a source of moisture and it will be sucked dry. Unlike tropical amazing places like Uganda, where the air is looking to give some spare moisture especially in the worst of the heat, winter does the exact opposite.
Deep Condition a whole lot:
You might have to up your deep conditioner to twice a week. Yes. It’s serious. Make sure your hair shaft gets the protein and moisture it needs. If you can, add some ka steam there as well. Your mane will thank you
A protective style might be your best bet:
Whether it’s locs, braids, crochet or a weave, grab something to keep the hair safe and unexposed. This will help to retain the most moisture you cane where it matters, while looking bomb while you’re at it.
Reduce the heat styling:
You’re not helping anything by blow drying it or straightening your hair. as the name suggests your “drying” it out, and why would you want to do dat??
Carry your satin bonnet with you:
We all know that satin is notorious for keeping the moisture in as we sleep, so it’s worth remembering to pack your satin bonnet or pillowcase when moving to the winter prone areas, so that while you sleep you don’t make a loss.
Use heavier products:
Usually the best oils to use for the hair include the lighter Jojoba or (my fave) Argan oil. But this might be the time to pull out all the heavy duty butters, creams and castor oils for that winter weather. Your tresses will thank you. Do I have to mention do the LOC method? If I had to mention it, well, please do that for moisture. Leave in conditioner, Oil and Cream/butter. Choose the combination that works for you and feed your hair bambi. We don’t want it to break
So as I wrap up, just a reminder that our hair is inherently different, so you should be able to notice what works for you and what doesn’t. either way I know you’re going to be fabulous!
Leave a comment below if you have dealt with natural hair in a cold wintery place, or if you’re just going to sit in your couch throne with your chalice of wine as the Night walkers have guys for dinner.