Don’t Leave Your Curls Out in the Cold!

This winter many of you will experience dry hair and scalp due to the cold weather. There will be an increase in wind that can be drying and there is less moisture contained in the air. There are many things you can do to help reduce these unfavorable hair conditions, so here are a few that will hopefully help!

  1. Cover Up! Invest in a nice fashionable winter cap or scarf to protect your head before you leave the house. The less harsh, cold wind that comes in contact with your hair and scalp, the better! It doesn’t have to be expensive. Try the clearance racks at your favorite bargain stores like Rainbow, Dots, Cato, Target, even department stores like Macy’s. Thrift and consignment shops are also a great place to score nice headgear. I wear knits caps and different head wraps. It can be a great accessory to an outfit!
  2. Deep Condition Regularly! To avoid losing moisture, make sure you maintain it! An even blend of oil and moisture with a drop of protein will keep your hair soft and manageable through the winter months. Conditioning with both a lubricant and moisture will help your hair brave the harsh winds.
  3. Balance Your pH! If your pH is too high or too low, you can be blocking out moisture or letting too much of it out.  Rebalance by adding apple cider vinegar and/or aloe to your styling routine. You can do an ACV rinse following a cleaning. You can add aloe and/or ACV to your daily moisture sprays. You can even add aloe to the products you use. Baking soda is good those with low porosity or resistant hair because it aids in softening the cuticle. Also, try cleansing with cooler, not cold, water. Avoid cleansing your hair with really hot water.
  4. Seal Your Ends Regularly! Sealing your ends is great especially after deep conditioning. This helps smooth the cuticle down and also that the product is properly distributed along the hair shaft. Thicker oils and butters like coconut and shea can cause hair to be stiff and difficult to manage and style. Opt for lighter oils like avocado, almond, and grape seed. Shea butter can be cut with a good moisturizer and/or light oil.
  5. Lightly Moisturize Daily! On a dry day, think about how many times you reapply lip balm or hand lotion. These are protective coverings  just like your hair, so you want to give it some type of attention daily as well. Mix a nice little daily refreshing tea, aloe or ACV spray with some of the lighter oils I mentioned before as well as some essential oils. If your prefer a daily cream based leave-in, be sure to add a few drops of oil as well!
  6. Cut It Out! Make sure you have your ends trimmed if you need it. Dry hair plus frayed, tangled ends are bad news! In addition to making your hair a headache to deal with, it could also cause breakage and shedding.  You can do regular dusting or an occasional trim to keep your hair full and manageable!

I hope my winter hair care tips help keep your hair beautiful through these cold months! Feel free to share some of your winter hair care tips! Thanks for reading!

-Aphropuphs

Pre-poo Recipe (pre-shampoo)

 I tried a new pre-poo recipe the other day and was very satisfied with the results so I wanted to share it with my readers. These are the ingredients I used:

•red palm oil (5 tablespoons)
•coconut milk (1/4 cup)
•honey (2 tablespoons)
•yogurt (1/4 cup)

Pre-poo mixture
Hair after pre-poo is applied
pre-poo

I moistened my hair slightly with water. I applied to mixture to my damp hair, covered with a shower cap and let it penetrate for about 2 hours.  I rinsed thoroughly with warm water and then applied some Giovanni Smooth as Silk conditioner. After that, I shampooed once with Hair Garden Cleansing Shampoo and followed with the Giovanni conditioner. I then sectioned my hair into four sections and applied coconut oil to my dripping wet hair before towel blotting it. I let my hair air dry for almost 30 minutes and then detangled with Hair Garden shealoe moisturizer. I braided my hair into three cornrows and let it dry overnight. The next day I had soft, shiny hair and a moisturized scalp!

Give this recipe a try! You can add or exchange ingredients for your experimenting pleasure! I would love for you to come back and share what you tried and your results on my blog! Thanks for reading!