4 TIPS TO COMBAT WINTER DRYNESS
4 Tips to Combat Winter Dryness
We all have to battle the cool air, the whipping wind, and some of us, the frigid temperatures during winter. And yes, though we may have a hat to keep us warm, there is still a little more we can do for our locs.
- Be A Little Rough Around the Edges- allow your edges to breathe a bit by refraining from using edge control for a while. There’s something to be said for a little free-forming action which benefits us greatly, not only in the winter, but all times of the year. Because our edges can be a bit sensitive, its best to leave them alone for a while and simply baby them by using some Jamaican black castor oil on them, or some of the lighter oils, such as jojoba, around our edges. Sleep on a silk or satin pillow case if you cannot wear a head bonnet. Let them rough up a bit to allow for some thickness, which in turn yields strength.
- Oil & Water- keep a spritz bottle near you filled with some sort of leave-in conditioner. If my Natural Hair Mists are not your item of choice, that’s fine, simply use your favorite product each morning and evening to keep your locs moisturized. Nothing replaces good old fashioned water! Without adding too much oil, make sure to hand-rub oil through your locs to provide pliability and moisture. However don’t overdo it on the oil, or too many products for that matter, since it is not good and will cause excessive build-up.
- Less frequent washes- perhaps go an extra week before washing again to allow your own natural oils, sebum, to form on your scalp and cover your root area. This is also a good thing to implement during the dry months.
- Deep conditioning- it wouldn’t hurt to throw in a deep conditioning treatment with your favorite conditioner. Place a plastic cap or towel over your head and sit under a heat cap or dryer, or simply allow conditioner to sit on your locs for a few minutes. For locs, we need to use oil, or dilute the conditioners we love with water, and not apply thick, creamy products into our locs. After you’ve conditioned, do a thorough rinse to ensure you get most all the product out.
To summarize, less is more on the styling tip, with a little extra TLC during the winter months. One last tip, drink extra water as our bodies need the hydration. Intaking more water feeds our locs from the inside out!