It’s that time of the year again when we all have to slightly modify our hair care routines. Yes, our hair can thrive in colder climates as long as it’s properly cared for. During summer, I may slack off on my routine without any consequences. In winter, I know to step up my game! Here’s a checklist of necessities to get you through the season. What are you missing?
1. Moisturizer/Leave-in – Investing in a good moisturizer is key. Remember, water = moisture. A true moisturizer will have water/aqua listed as its first ingredient. During winter, I mix my summer moisturizer with extra virgin olive oil instead of buying a heavier moisturizer.
2. Carrier Oils– These natural oils are used to seal in your moisturizer and have many other hair benefits. Unlike mineral oil and petrolatum, they are absorbed into the hair strands. I prefer to use castor oil during this time of the year because of its thick viscosity.
3. Moisturizing Shampoo & Conditioner – Your staple shampoo should be a moisturizing shampoo (this applies all year round for black hair) and you should always follow up with a deep conditioning treatment. You can also co-wash if you choose not to shampoo. Co-washing refers to washing your hair with a conditioner.