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6 Tips For Protecting Your Natural Hair

Avoid winter dryness and breakage

BY Amanda Hawker

Apr 19, 2022, 05:57 PM

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Winter is here! And, if you have natural hair that usually means dry and brittle hair. The cold air robs our curls and coils of much-needed moisture, not to mention the damage caused by the warm wool hats that we use to keep our heads warm. All in all, it’s a recipe for a bad hair day.

Fortunately, we’ve got a few tips to help you keep your hair protected this winter.

Wash Your Hair Less Regularly

If you love having squeaky clean hair and wash it every second day, you could be causing more harm than you realise. In summer, when temperatures are warmer and humidity levels are high, washing your hair twice or even three times a week is necessary. But this changes in winter because regular washing can rob your hair of moisture. To protect your hair, try reducing your schedule to once a week – it really makes a difference in keeping that moisture locked in. 

Deep Conditioning Is EVERYTHING

When it comes to natural hair care, a thick, moisture-rich conditioner is really an essential part of your regimen. Deep conditioning allows your strands to soak up as much moisture as they can hold. After washing and clarifying your hair, slather on a thick, rich deep conditioner, comb through with a wide-tooth comb, pop on a shower cap and wrap it all up in a headwrap for about fifteen to twenty minutes before rinsing out and carrying on with the rest of your wash day process.

Lock In That Moisture

It’s important to lock in all that moisture after washing and deep conditioning your hair, and this is where a sealant comes in. The best sealants are oils and butters that keep the moisture locked in so that it doesn’t escape once your hair starts to dry. Nourishing oils like castor, olive, avocado and jojoba oil are excellent at locking in moisture. For added protection, you can invest in a thick, creamy hair butter made from natural ingredients like shea or cocoa butter to keep your hair nourished.
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Protective Styles Are Key

In summer, you can rock your fro out in a wash and go, but winter is another story. Braids, wigs and plaited hairstyles are essential for winter - not only do they make you look good; they also are an excellent way to keep your strands moisturized and your ends tucked in. Protective styles limit the amount of breakage your hair experiences, especially if you wear hats and beanies to keep warm. 

Don't Skip Wash Day Completely 

Remember to keep shampooing and deep conditioning your hair, even when it is in its protective style. Since it's winter, you want to reduce your wash day to once a week, but don't do away with it completely. Weekly wash days will help to decrease itching, shedding and breakage. A weekly hot oil treatment can do wonders for your scalp, which can get very dry and itchy. We suggest you only keep your braided protective styles in for six to eight weeks at the most, to avoid knotting and product buildup, which will lead to further breakage.

Use The Right Hair Care Products

As you do your skin care, it is also as important to make sure you have a hair care regimen. It is essential when it comes to ensuring your hair is healthy and alive. For that to happen, you must make sure that the products you use contain natural ingredients or ingredients that are safe for your hair and will not cause any damage. However, the natural the better. 

There you have it. By following these 6 tips, you can prevent winter breakage and maybe even see some growth when summer shows up. 
iNdoni Naturals oil and butter
To celebrate the beauty of our natural hair this Africa Month, iNdoni Naturals and YAZA are giving away two hair care hampers to keep your coils moisturized and protected this winter. 

Here’s how to enter:

  • Like and Follow iNdoni Naturals on Facebook and Instagram
  • Like and Follow YAZA on Facebook and Instagram
  • Comment on the giveaway social media posts with #indoniyaza
  • Winners will be selected and notified at the end of May