Preparing Natural Hair for the Fall and Winter
Updated: Mar 29
The seasons are changing; winter is near, and fall is here! How are you going to care for your hair for the next few months? The summer heat and climate made it easy to absorb moisture into your braided protective styles but (while using the conditioning method) are you still able to rock your braids or twists from last summer? Have you prepared your hair for your next protective style? Braided styles are meant for any season when it is natural but adding braiding hair can dry your natural tresses out, if synthetic hair is used the fibers can leave your hair dry and brittle. It is essential to switch to a different alternative and consider a hair regimen for every season.
Trim Your Ends in the Fall
Trimming your ends in the fall will make your hair more manageable and have less breakage or shedding during the winter. It improves the health of your hair and prepares it for the next stage in hair growth. It is best to trim your ends before a season change. (Trim in the Fall, Before or After a new year and the beginning of Spring.)
Deep Condition, Oil Treatment, Pick A Haircare Regimen
Allow your scalp to breathe, this doesn’t mean skip your cleansing and conditioning routine, but it does mean wash and condition monthly instead of weekly. Reduce the conditioning method and focus more on a healthy clean scalp that doesn’t dry or flake. Your haircare regimen should consist of a biweekly deep conditioner (add leave in conditioner) and a hot oil treatment. Make sure to detangle before and after prepping for your hair regimen. The goal is to keep each strand of hair moisturized, separated and stretched, the L.O.C. method is a perfect example of prevent shedding in the winter months.
Minimize Manipulative Styles in the Winter
Protective styles and manipulative styles are not the same, while some help protect your textured hair others can leave it damaged. Reduce styling your hair and stick with one style at a time on a weekly basis. For example, with natural protective styling, consider wearing mini braids for a week and choose a different style the next. This allows time for your hair to grow and not be manipulated so often. If you decide to straighten your hair, consider the stretch method and wear a blow out instead of a silk press, by styling with flexi rods or a rod set, will help absorb more moisture back into your hair.
Choose one Protective Style with Extensions
Our hair is fragile in the winter, choose one protective style with a similar texture as your natural hair for the next few months. This means limit your styles and use the same extensions that are made of human hair not synthetic. If you decide to wear a unit, make sure it is made of human hair that is detachable and allows you to care for your natural hair underneath. When wearing a sew-in, have it properly installed and secure enough to last up to two months, do not neglect your natural hair underneath. When choosing extensions, I recommend our kinky curly tresses made of virgin hair, they will be available in the late fall.
Retain Moisture and Length
Last but not least the most important thing is to retain moisture and length, if you suffer from dry brittle hair it is because you are not retaining moisture, this means more steam treatments or using styling tools that produce steam and try styles that help keep your hair hydrated. When retaining length, it is best to keep your ends tucked away safely, this will reduce friction and less shedding.
These helpful tips can prepare your textured hair for the next winter months, hope to see your hair flourish next summer!