Winter hair

22 Apr

Winter is beginning in this part of the world.  I think it’s still officially autumn but its getting quite cold especially at night and in the mornings.  I decided to write a post about taking care of hair in winter because it’s something that has been on my mind lately ever since the weather got colder.

In winter hair needs even more tlc.  Cold temperatures can cause excessive dryness, dandruff and even hair breakage.  It’s harder to take care of hair in the winter because of the cold weather and because hair takes much longer to dry when air drying.  Some women see more shedding of their hair in the winter as well.  The most important key to combating dryness during the winter is to protect your hair by retaining moisture.

Many women choose braids and weaves as protective styles during winter.  I am mulling the idea of having braids done in June.  What you must always remember is that whatever style you choose, the hair still needs to be taken care off.  The mistake many women make is to get a weave or braids and then forget about their hair for the two or three months that they wear the style.  Your hair still needs to be moisturised and taken care off.  If not, when you remove the braids / weave your hair will be damaged.

Here are some tips for taking care of hair in winter:

  • Switch to washing your hair at night so your hair can be dry in the morning before you leave the house.  This will avoid you going outside into the cold air with wet hair.  Depending on where you live and how cold it gets your hair could even freeze!  If you have very long, thick hair your hair may still be wet in the morning.  In this case you can use a hair dryer on a low setting.
  • Practice more protective styling during winter – this includes weaves, wigs, braids, buns etc.  The idea is to protect your hair against the elements, especially the ends.  Keep your hair moisturised by spraying (generously!) daily with braid spray / a home made spray / spritz (these can be made from water, glycerin, aloe vera juice and oils among other things).
  • If you like wearing hats, try and wear hats that are lined.  Another option is to wear a silk / satin scarf underneath the hat.  This protects the hair from rubbing against the wool of the hat.  Wear a satin / silk scarf at night to keep your hair protected.
  • Continue to do deep conditioning treatments if you can, at least once a week.  This will help you restore and retain moisture to your hair.
  • Keep heat tools to a minimum.  If you do use heat make sure you use a heat protectant.  Air dry your hair whenever possible.
  • Moisturise your hair often.  Moisture (and a bit of protein) is the key to healthy African hair!
  • Eat well and drink lots of water.  Some women even take supplements to complement their diet.
  • If you have a humidifier, use it.  It will combat the dry air caused by heaters and air conditioners.

The idea is to retain the health of your hair throughout winter and lose as little of your hair as possible to breakage and shedding.  I intend to do a post on how to look after hair in braids and weaves during winter to ensure that your own hair does not suffer any damage.


10 Responses to “Winter hair”

  1. Valerie 15 June, 2011 at 8:22 pm #

    Thank u very helpful. My hair war beginning to shed in clumps. I thnk the blow drier has been too hot . Trying to dash in the morning. Lovely info Godsent

  2. Olivia 23 May, 2012 at 7:57 pm #

    so you can deep condition in a weave?

    • Tendayi 23 May, 2012 at 10:07 pm #

      You would actaully be deep conditioning your hair. That is where you would apply the product, not on the weave itself.

  3. salome 24 May, 2012 at 12:50 am #

    hi i cant seem to find the coconut oil or the castor oil…. just saw the ORS version in clicks. where do you buy your oils?

    • Tendayi 24 May, 2012 at 11:18 am #

      You might be looking in the wrong section. In Clicks it is usually place in the multivitamin aisle. They have the Clicks branded one. Coconut oil will be there too. Coconut oil is also available in Dischem but in the health food aisle.

  4. salome 24 May, 2012 at 1:20 am #

    hi tendayi please tell me the measurements for the homemade moisturiser. i have 100% aloe vera juice, extra virgin olive oil, grape seed oil and i cant find liquid castor or coconut oil in clicks:(

    So far i have been washing twice a week and deep conditionin ng, i then use dr miracles leave in and seal with the african pride olive oil. my hair has massive growth and i only started last month!!!!! so excited.

    • Tendayi 24 May, 2012 at 11:17 am #

      Sounds like things are going great for you Salome!

      The measurements for home made moisturisers are really a personal preference. The are so many different combinations and it all depends on whether you want the mixture thick or thin so you can spray it on, also if you want more oil or less. One of the most popular home made moisturisers is by Kimmaytube. See this link for the mearsurements. You can adjust it to suit you. Also google and you will get hundreds of recipes.

  5. Khay 06 September, 2013 at 7:53 pm #

    Actually I should have posted this here,

    Hi Tendayi,
    I’ve been meaning to ask you about weather protection for hair for a while. I’ve been getting braids and or other weather protective styles during winter for a while now, as per recommendations and general ethnic-girl custom. I understand the importance of it, but now considering the climate i live in i’m starting to think maybe i should actually be weather-protecting more rigorously during summer. In cape town our winters are wet and cold (but not as cold as in gauteng), but our summers are generally dry-ish and hot. so there is a bit of a reversal as far as the moisture content of the air goes. Does it not follow then that if we are trying to protect our hair from the drying effects of the weather Cape-Tonians should be more rigorous about weather-protection in summer, unless if the air temperature is the bigger issue. What do you think?


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    • Tendayi 01 October, 2013 at 1:02 pm #

      When it comes to heat and dryness, i think the biggest issue is to make sure the hair is adequately moisturised. I think thats the biggest challenge. I think this is more important than protecting the hair from the heat. If the hair gets enough moisture it will thrive. Even if you choose a protective style you still need to make sure the ahir gets enough moisture.

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