Winter Hair Maintenance 

Make no mistake, when it comes to winter, hair is the last thing you want to worry about. All you just want to do is to wrap it up and do nothing to it, but then one morning you find yourself staring at the mirror and your hair screaming for help. Winter can take a toll on your hair, leaving it dry and brittle, scalp itchy and flacky. Below are tips on how to maintain your hair in winter, from Six of my beautiful friends. 

Lethabo – Pretoria, South Africa.
 

What type of hair do you have?
I have a natural afro
 

How does your hair react to the cold?
My hair gets really weak and dry during winter and breaks easily
 

What products do you use?
I use Afrobotanics, Black Pearl and ORS hair products
 

What types of hairstyles do you wear during winter?
I plait my hair during winter, or wear a wig over a protective hairstyle
 

Tips/hacks you have of keeping your hair looking good during winter?
Always moisturize your hair. Deep treatment at least once a month. Wash your hair regularly and not always with shampoo, sometimes co-wash (wash with conditioner) your hair. 

 

Francesca – Verona, Italy.

What type of hair do you have?
I have straight, natural hair
 

How does your hair react to the cold?
My hair is better in the cold
 

What products do you use?
I shampoo and use hair mask. I also use oil treatment to protect the hair
 

What types of hairstyles do you wear during winter?
I wear my hair loose or in a bun/ponytail
 

Tips/hacks you have of keeping your hair looking good during winter?
Use oil spray to protect your hair before using hair straightener


Janni – Germany.
 

What type of hair do you have?
I have mostly curls but some of my hair is straight and some especially in the front, is afro-y. So it is a weird mix

How does your hair react to the cold?
My hair gets a little dry, but not too bad

What products do you use?
I normally switch shampoos and conditioner all the time. I think my hair does not like it when I just use one product. So I use Herbal Essence, L’Oreal or whatever is on sale, Hahaha. But if it gets too dry I will use coconut oil as a treatment. After washing my hair I use a conditioning spray from Gliss Kur

What types of hairstyles do you wear during winter?
I wear my hair down or in a bun like a grandma, hahah

Tips/hacks you have of keeping your hair looking good during winter?
Coconut and olive oil are generally good for dry hair. Keep the oil in your hair overnight and wash it out in the morning. It helps to give the hair some nutrition. I do that once a year, so I am not sure if it really works. 

Keke – Johannesburg, South Africa
 

What is your usual hair regiment in winter?
I generally just do my hair according to what is convenient at that time

What products do you use?
I buy hair products to suit my hairstyle at that time 

What types of hairstyles do you wear during the winter?
My winter vs summer hairstyle are no different

Tips/hacks you have of keeping your hair looking good during winter?
The less heat the better for your natural hair. Wigs are great for giving you’re a break. I change hairdos often, so my hairline doesn’t take strain and get damaged. 

 

Alma – Idaho, United States of America (country of origin: Albania)

What type of hair do you have?
Natural, kinda wavey hair

How does your hair react to the cold?
It gets really hard to get my hair smooth and shiny

What products do you use?
I use Aussie for shampooing and conditioning. Before I dry my hair, I use a straightener hair spray to protect my hair from burning and then use hair wax. Straightener spray and wax are from Garnier Fructis

What types of hairstyles do you wear during winter?
I usually wear it straight or sometimes in big waves

Tips/hacks you have of keeping your hair looking good during winter?
I use coconut oil. I put it in my hair for the night with a shower cap on and then in the next morning I take a shower and wash my hair as usual. 

 

Amu – Pretoria, South Africa
 

What type of hair do you have?
Natural dyed afro

How does your hair react to the cold?
Oh my goodness, my hair hates winter. My hair gets dry and frizzy. The temperature deprives my hair of the moisture it needs

What products do you use?
I am in-love with Aunty Jackie’s hair products. From the Curls & Coils Oh So Clean Moisturizing and Softening Shampoo to the Girls Super Duper Softening Conditioner Soft & Sassy

 
What types of hairstyles do you wear during the winter?

I really don’t do much styling because my hair hates this weather. I do cornrows and wigs, wigs, wigs for protective styling

Tips/hacks you have of keeping your hair looking good during winter?
- Shampoo is a must since natural hair is prone to damage, dryness and roughness
- Afro hair needs to be damp to avoid tangling, so I condition and deep condition and often as possible to prevent knots
- Oil treatment works wonders when my hair gets dry and most importantly I hydrate my hair with normal water
- Natural hair is high maintenance, but if you love how it feels and looks, it is sure worth it. Healthy living promotes healthy hair and hair growth.