FASHION: BLACK WOMENS HAIR: How to keep Black hair during winter
Exclusive feature – UKZAMBIANS Magazine – Winter IssueBritish winters can be very severe and lead to breakages and dryness of hair especially for black girls. So you want to know how best to protect your hair during these harsh, long winter months. If you are blessed with black hair you are unfortunately not able to wash your hair everyday without it breaking and drying out. To combat this we use hair oils/moisturizers daily or as desired to keep our hair healthy and lock in essential oils. But sometimes in cases of extreme and harsh weather, hair food is not enough to combat the dryness, dandruff and breakages that come with it. So it’s essential that we know how best to protect our hair during the winter period.
Whether you have relaxed or afro type hair, your hair is prone to damage if left exposed during winter. Unbeknownst to you when your hair comes into contact with your winter attire i.e. scarves, hats and coat collars it starts to rub against these items and slowly starts to tear away. The best way to protect your hair from this is buy purchasing silk lined head gear which minimize damage. You can also choose to wear silk scarf or headband to protect your hair from contact breakage.
If you decide to wear your hair flat or in a pony tail its best to not use too much hair gel and sprays as this only adds to the dryness. A wonderful alternative for those are hair oils and lotions or simply wrapping your hair in a silk scarf at bedtime which ensures your hair is nice and flat when you wake up. Avoid using excessive heat on your hair( flat irons etc) , but if it’s imperative that you do use one, always make sure to apply heat protecting oil to your hair before use preventing hair breakage and loss. If you decide to use rollers the best ones to use are the bendy/foam type. Unlike the Velcro ones, these do not pull out your hair as they curl.
Braided hairstyles in the form of twists, cornrows, French plaits and dreadlocks are generally easier to maintain in winter, are fuss free and easy to style in the mornings. The ends of our hair are the weakest as they are exposed the most too harsh weather conditions therefore making them the first to break when attacked by the cold, wind, rain and dry air. So braided hairstyles help keep the ends of your hair sheltered from harsh weather. Always make sure to shampoo and condition your hair every 3 weeks to stop bacteria and eliminate dandruff. Be sure to also apply hair moisturizer to your at least once a week to protect the hair.
It’s important that your hair is kept ‘hydrated’ during winter; simply oiling it is not enough. Water based moisturizers are best to use as they ensure the water penetrates the hair shaft and infuses it with moisture. Deep conditioning your hair on a regular basis during winter helps remove excess buildup of dirt and dandruff. Leave-in conditioners that contain mineral oils and proteins assist in replenishing lost moisture due to cold winters.
You can also make it a habit to oil your hair daily with moisturizer, but make sure that you don’t use too much oil. Do not use more than a dime size amount of oil a day as excessive oil to the hair may have adverse effects. When styling your hair you can consider tame hairstyles like buns or pony tails, these are easy to do and do not require too much time or effort. But be careful to not tie your hair too tightly as it can put pressure on your follicles to break and give you a headache in the process.
Sew-ins or weaves as they are commonly known as help protect your hair from the daily wear and tear that comes with winter. You can do away with worrying about the heat from curling irons and blow dryer damaging your hair as your hair is protected fully from outside influences. They also help avoid split ends and breakages from drying out. Weaves are very versatile as they allow you to experiment with different hair textures, colors, lengths and styles.
Lastly make sure you protect your hair by using a hat or umbrella in harsh weather conditions.
Feel free to also play around with different hairstyles, just because its winter does not mean you can’t be fashionable!!!!!