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As Fall Approaches… We as Naturals, have to re-evaluate what Summer has possibly done to our hair. Perhaps, we have to modify our regimens, and/or Invest in some new products we been thinking about recently. Our strands go through a lot during the hot heat & humidity such as UV rays from the sun; chlorine damage & drying from swimming. The Seasonal Changes alone can draw out moisture, causing dryness, brittleness & frizz. Our frequent Warmer Styles like Wash & Go’s, Puffs & Fro’s can cause split ends, tangles, knots & unnecessary shedding. Sometimes, we tend to slack up a little on our regimens and be a little care free….after all its Summer time! So just in case you got a little carried away (like me, yup…..guilty).
Here are 5 Tips to Restore & Repair Your Hair for Autumn
Although I do this all year long, Fall & Winter is without fail. Moisture retention should be the number focus during any seasonal transition and starting with a pre-poo is a great way to retain moisture before you even begin to cleanse your hair. Simply use a conditioner with great slip and/or oil to coat the hair shaft to make hair softer and also to allow all that goodness to penetrate your hair to prevent breakage. A good pre-poo will also prevent your hair from being stripped during the washing process, I also detangle when I pre-poo. The whole process takes me about 30 to 40 minutes.
During the warmer, hotter months, many of us naturals co-wash our hair since we tend to use lighter products, creams, spritz, etc. Now that we have phased into the cooler season, we need to rely more on our heavier oils, butters, pomades, & leave-ins, which can cause heavy build up that co-washing alone cannot lift & cleanse thoroughly. To start fresh, you may want to use a sulfate-free shampoo to thoroughly cleanse hair to keep it from becoming dry & brittle from excessive build- up that can’t deep much needed moisture from penetrating moisture the hair. Clarifying should be done at least once a month.
I know you heard it before & you will hear it again, Deep condition…Deep condition…Deep condition! Especially if clarifying is a regular part of your Regimen. Now that it’s getting cooler with lower humidity, our hair will tend to be more dryer than usual. Deep Conditioning penetrates the hair to give it the much needed moisture, strength, elasticity and softness it needs. The key is to prevent your hair from drying out in order to prevent damage later on. Deep Conditioning should be done with a moisture-infused, all natural penetrating product. For maximum results, once product has been applied to damp hair, cover with a plastic cap; sit under a hooded dryer or steamer for at least 30 minutes, rinse well, apply a leave-in conditioner to add and retain moisture & softness. Deep conditioning should be done every time you cleanse your hair.
After you have Cleansed and Deep Conditioned your hair, you have to retain that moisture by Sealing in moisture with your preferred choice of an All Natural Oil or Butter. If you don’t seal your hair, all the work you’ve just put in to moisturize & soften will evaporate before you know it and your hair will become dry again. Locking or Sealing moisture into the hair is a great way to retain moisture long-term, depending on what I seal my hair with & the hair style I choose, I can retain moisture for at least 3 days. I am also a big fan the L.O.C. Method… this Technique is great for Winter Moisturizing. It’s simply hydrating the hair with water or a water-based product which is your liquid (water=moisture), the sealing in the moisture with oil (oil helps hold onto water molecules) and then applying a conditioning cream product, leave in conditioner, or your styling product, (they act as moisture sealant) to close the hair cuticle which prevents moisture loss.
As it gets colder & more frigid, like many naturals, I personally turn to protective styling to protect my hair during the winter season. Protective Styling does just that…Protect my hair & ends from the harshness of the wind & freezing temps and from getting snared into sweaters, scarfs, & jackets, and even myself because I’m not manipulating my hair by constantly re-styling, using tools or just simply twirling & touching my hair (out of habit) and because my hair is gathered & protected, my hair retains moisture for days on end. Some Protective styles are corn rolls, single braids or twists (with or without extensions), buns, pin-ups/tucks, halo styles and any other style where you hair is Shielded & Protected from the Elements for an extended length of time but you still have to make sure you moisturize while protecting…it is easy to simply “Protect it & Forget it”. If you still prefer to wear your hair out (wash n go’s, twist-outs, etc.), just make sure you moisturize and seal your ends daily. If you tend to wear hats, beanies & scarfs which can soak up moisture & oils, make sure they are lined with a satin or silk lining to keep hair to retain moisture.
Finally….FALL is a great time to re-evaluate your hair and your regimen as a whole; assess your hair from root to tip, if you need a trim or light dusting, snip off any frayed, bushy or damaged ends or seek a Professional Natural hair Stylist. There is “No Better Time” to give your hair a Healthy, Fresh start then NOW….By next summer, your hair with Thank You!
What Seasonal Changes have you Made for your Hair?
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