In New York, the cold winter months can wreck havoc on natural hair. I rely heavily on protective hairstyles during the winter to ensure that my natural hair retains as much moisture as possible. Also because we are wearing heavier clothing (sweaters, hats, scarves) keeping my hair up prevents it from being damaged and robbed of moisture from my clothing. Aside from tucking my hair away, I make a few simple adjustments to my winter natural hair regimen to keep it healthy despite the cold.
Co-Wash or Shampoo Bar. During the winter I co-wash more because it does not strip the hair of its natural oils and moisture. For those who don’t like co-washing or the idea of it, you can try a shampoo bar. There are many shampoo bars on the market but I tend to use ones that are extra moisturizing (or claim to be). Two popular options are OBI Naturals Coconut & Shea Shampoo Bar or Hydratherma Naturals Buttery Shampoo Bar.
Deep Condition. One of the best things you can do for your hair during the cold months is deep treating it. I try to deep condition my hair at least once a month during the winter and it really helps keep it soft and manageable and prevent breakage. I use my Hair Therapy Wrap when I deep condition which is super convenient. Ebony has spoken highly of the benefits of using a hair steamer to deep condition, particularly during the winter when the air is so much drier.
Castor Oil! I introduced castor oil to my hair regimen last fall and have been using it ever since; because it is so thick, castor oil really is one of the best sealants for the cold weather. I use the LOC Method during the cold months and Castor Oil is my oil of choice because it does an excellent job of helping my hair retain moisture from deep conditioning and moisturizing. Read more on the LOC Method or watch my demonstration below. During the warmer months, I often skip the LOC Method but I never skip it during the winter. Sealing in moisture is crucial!