How to Protect Your Curls
As the seasons change from summer to autumn to winter, your curls still need protection. Curly hair needs the same kind of hair that our skin needs throughout the year. Therefore, protect your curls, using the following tips.
Protect Your Curls By:
Keeping hydrated internally. Drink plenty of water. Nourish your hair like you nourish your skin. In other words, eat a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables. This will help to keep your hair soft and lustrous. Hydrate for proper skin care and hair care.
Locking in moisture.Curly hair care tip: condition daily (rinse in cooler water to seal in moisture), also use a light homemade leave-in conditioner: simply add enough water to current conditioner, mix well, spray a little in your hand and rub through hair or spritz on hair with a spray bottle; avoid cleansing shampoos that strip and cause extra dryness and frizziness. Shampoo less often with mild shampoo or try a conditioner-only wash (co-wash).
Taking Cooler Showers and Baths. Hot water in cooler weather dries out skin and hair.
Staying protected from harsh fabrics. Direct contact with warm, but harsh fabrics (like wool) can cause drying and curly hair (and straight) breakage. Curly Hair Care Tip:
a. iVillage writer, Sascha Breuer, suggested the following hat idea for hair care: When you're out and about this winter, wear a hat, not only to keep you warm but also to protect your hair from the cold weather. Invest in a hat made of cashmere rather than wool, as wool is very absorbent and will suck the moisture out of your hair, leaving it dry and prone to static. Also, the raw texture of wool is harsh on your hair while cashmere will ensure that it stays looking beautifully smooth and silky when you come in from the cold.
Not going outside with wet, unprotected hair in winter. You wouldn’t walk outside in winter with naked and wet skin (unless you’re a “little freaky” Polar Bear Club member), so why go outside in the middle of winter with naked and wet hair? Ice does not belong on your hair! It will snap it right off. Curly Hair Care Tip:
a. Cover your dry hair with a scarf, or hat, beret, cap that is satin or silk-lined (you can make these linings yourself or have someone else do it –sew or glue)* If you don’t like hats, try an updo, pulled back in a bun and snood or use clips to hold your hair down to protect scalp from sun.
b. Letting your hair dry naturally is best in winter. Make sure your hair is totally dry before going outside. If this is not possible, cover your hair with a hair-friendly head covering. Remove when you reach your destination and let air-dry.
NOT turning up the heat. For skin care, we can add humidity to a room to avoid extreme dryness. For hair care, it’s really best to avoid heated appliances altogether if we’re willing to go that route. However, if we simply can’t deal with the results then: Use an ionizing heat appliance to reduce heat damage. Point the device away from your scalp, thus avoiding damage to the hair cuticle. Prior to drying, flat ironing or using heated rollers, etc. apply a small amount of leave-in conditioner or thermal heat protection cream to hair. Keep heat on medium to low and use a heat diffuser on blow dryers.
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