It is important to keep your hair healthy and prevent breakage. However, this is not easily manageable during the winter months as the cold weather can be particularly hard on afro and textured hair. Cold and dry air can cause damage and reduce moisture, so… what’s the best way to protect your hair from winter weather you may ask? If you are wondering how to keep your curly hair healthy during the winter months, below are 7 winter hair care tips from Nylah’s Naturals that will protect your curls from the cold this season.
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1) Invest In A High-Quality, Restoration Shampoo And Conditioner
Investing in a good shampoo and conditioner are important for the health of your hair. The shampoo will cleanse and purify your hair and remove oil, product build-up, dust, and dirt from the environment, which is why your hair feels lighter and has more volume after shampooing. Using a hair conditioner will nourish, smooth and polish the cuticles of your hair.
Is your hair damp and dry? Do you long for shiny and strong afro, textured hair? If so, Nylah’s Naturals have got you covered. Our shampoo and conditioner bundle have all-natural ingredients that aim to strengthen and restore your afro or textured hair.
2) Don’t Leave The House With Wet Hair
It can be tempting to avoid drying your hair in the morning if you are running low on time and just go out with wet hair, but this is a big no-no for people with curly or afro hair.
The cold air will cause you to lose moisture in your hair and make it brittle, so try not to leave the house with wet hair. Air drying is preferable but it's better to blow dry your hair or towel dry as much as possible and not go outdoors with wet hair.
❗*TOP TIP* Cover your hair with a hat to add extra protection.
Here are some statistics that show how much time both women and men spent on their hair per week:
Interestingly, as you can see from this graph, it is mostly the younger generation who spend time on their hair. However, at Nylah’s Naturals, we believe that maintaining your hair is significant whatever your age, to retain moisture and keep your hair healthy - this usually boosts self-confidence and makes maintaining your hair easier when well looked after.
3) Use A Leave In Conditioner For Curly Hair
The natural oils in leave-in conditioners help to keep your hair hydrated and protected against the cold. We recommend using a leave-in conditioner daily, especially during the winter months.
For women who are always on the go and cannot always make time for a hair mask, a leave-in conditioner would be the perfect solution. It comes in different forms including sprays, creams, and powders, so you might have to experiment to see what works best for your hair. As a consequence, your hair will be more hydrated after washing, and it will also be easier to detangle.
When applying a leave-in conditioner, it is best to towel-dry your hair first, then comb through with a wide-tooth comb so that the product is evenly distributed.
Unsure about the best leave-in conditioner for you? Nylah’s naturals have the solution you have been looking for. Our Moisture Retention Leave-In Cream is ideal for women with curls, coils and kinks. Unsure? Take a look at our outstanding reviews!
In addition to reducing frizz, detangling hair, adding moisture, and defining curls, this product gives natural hair a shiny appearance without using harmful chemicals (sulphate and silicone-free). It is also a natural and cruelty-free hair care product with a delightful aroma of citrus essential oils that will leave your hair smelling divine and fresh!
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4) Trim Your Hair Regularly
I’m sure you have heard of this one plenty of times, and rightly so! Split or dry ends are an indicator of a much-needed trim. People with afro, textured, curly hair should trim their hair regularly, as this will reduce the risk of breakage.
Snipping off some of the damaged ends will give your curls a chance to bounce back and be as healthy as they were when they first grew out of your head.
5) Use Serums Or Oils To Protect Your Hair Against The Cold
The wind and frost in winter can destroy your hair. That’s why it is important to moisturise with an oil-based hair treatment and, as a preventive measure, make use of a leave-in oil formulated that instantly revives your hair's vitality. Every day, apply nourishing hair oil from the tips to the roots to prevent dryness and save your hair.
We recommend the Flourish Hair Bolster Serum for those with dry and brittle textured hair. The serum helps combat excessive hair loss and restores healthy hair growth for people who struggle to grow their hair (especially during the winter months! As hair growth slows down). Using this serum combined with the Super Seed Hair Oil will give your hair the care it needs to strengthen and grow healthy and long. Woah! What a powerful combo! ⚡
6) Health Is Wealth - A Healthy Diet Is Essential For Healthy Hair
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a healthy diet means a healthy life. ♥️
Your hair requires the right balance of protein and natural oils to stay hydrated and moisturised. Afro, textured and curly hair tends to be drier and coarser than other types of hair. This means it needs more moisture to remain healthy.
From the image on the left-hand side, you can see which foods can help revitalise your hair - as they are full of rich nutrients that will keep your hair silky and smooth!
7) Use Protective Styles For Natural Hair
From celebrities to social media influencers all over the globe have shown that there is no need to fret about unruly curls. In fact, you don't even have to use heat! With so many other choices you are finally free of damaging habits like chemical processes, combs and pins.
You can let your hair fall naturally or choose other options like wigs, crochet braids, and extensions to wear that match your texture! Using protective styles will help keep your scalp moisturised during the colder months. ❄️
7 Common Hair Mistakes To Avoid
Here are some common hair mistakes to avoid:
Mistake #1️⃣ - Washing your hair too often
Mistake #2️⃣- Only using shampoo and neglecting conditioner
Mistake #3️⃣ - Not protecting your hair whilst you sleep
Mistake #4️⃣ - Not using heat protection before straightening or curling hair
Mistake #5️⃣ - Not buying silk pillowcases
Mistake #6️⃣ - Using super hot water on your hair when showering
Mistake #7️⃣ - Brushing your hair when wet
Now you have read this blog let us know your thoughts down below! Whatever texture your hair is, we hope that you will use these tips above to give your hair the proper treatment it deserves! ! Flaunt it!! ;)♥️
Hair Care FAQs
When Does Afro Hair Stop Growing?
In general, afro hair tends to grow slower than any other hair type, with an average of one-half to a one-third inch of hair growth per month. Dry, brittle hair is the most likely cause. Our shampoo and conditioner duo can help you revitalise your hair.
Can Afro Hair Be Straightened?
Yes, afro hair can be straightened, either by using a hair-pressing comb, a hair dryer, and a comb or a flat iron. You can straighten your hair at home in just a matter of minutes.
Can Black Hair Turn Brown?
Yes, over time. Various factors, such as age, nutrition, temperature, sun exposure and other factors, can cause our bodies to produce different types and amounts of hormones. These changes may alter your hair colour over a lifetime.
What Hair Type Is Afro Hair?
Type 4 hair type is called Afro-textured hair, commonly known as coily hair. This texture can be either soft and fine, or coarse and wiry. Long curls of zig-zag are formed directly from the scalp and shrink considerably after being curled. You can find your hair type here.
Why Is Black Hair Curly?
Curly hair grows from oval follicles; very tightly coiled hair results from follicles that are nearly flat and ribbon-like, with nearly flat follicles. African ancestry is associated with this kind of hair texture. African hair is often coiled and has a unique texture.
Do Cold Showers Help Curly Hair?
When you finish a shower with a cold blast, the moisture is locked in your hair, while your hair follicles are tightened, resulting in reduced hair loss and less frizz. Additionally, cold water closes hair cuticles, which enhances the hair's ability to reflect light.
Why Is Hair Lifeless In Winter?
In the colder winter weather, hair dries out quicker and can become brittle and difficult to maintain because cold, dry air sucks out the moisture. Dry hair can be fixed with lots of different products and techniques.
How Effective Are Nylah’s Naturals Products?
Nylah’s Naturals products are very effective. We have a range of different products so that you can find one that works for you. We have shampoos, conditioners and hair serums, oils and sprays to help keep your curls healthy, moisturised and frizz-free all year round. Our products are made with natural ingredients which work to restore moisture and nutrients to your hair.
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