The Fall season is finally here which means it’s time to reevaluate your natural hair regimen. With a new season comes a temperature drop and it’s easier for your curls to become dry and brittle.
You don’t want all of your hard work to go to waste once the cold weather comes, therefore, it’s important to learn how to keep your natural hair healthy and flourishing.
In this post, we’re going to talk about tips you can follow in your current regimen to avoid excessive dryness, breakage, and split-ends during the Fall and Winter seasons.
Deep Condition Regularly
Deep conditioning is key if you want to achieve healthy natural hair, and it’s even more important during this time of year. Cold air can strip your hair of its moisture — you want to replenish it every wash day with a quality deep conditioner.
I know, it’s easy to slack off a little and skip this step in your regimen, however, deep conditioning every wash day will have a positive impact on the health of curls. All it takes is 15-30 minutes to add nourishment to your hair.
If you want extra hydration and want to soothe your scalp, our Rose Hydrating Conditioner is perfect for that. However, don’t forget you still need protein to strengthen your curls and provide the perfect balance. Our Coconut Milk Strengthening Deep Conditioner will also make the perfect addition to your Fall regimen.
It’s great to get a fresh trim so you can start the new season off right. Before the cold weather starts to take a toll on your hair, you want to get rid of any split-ends. The last thing you want is the splits traveling up and causing more damage to your curls.
How often you get a trim depends on the health of your hair, there’s no specific schedule to follow. You should look out for the following signs that show it’s time for a fresh trim:
- See through ends
- Excessive breakage and shedding
- More tangles and knots
- Dry, brittle ends that don’t hold moisture
- Less curl definition and elasticity
You can see a professional or do your own trims at home. Make sure you purchase the correct pair of shears to achieve a precise cut and watch tutorials so you can do it correctly!
Hot Oil Treatments
During the colder months, your hair needs all of the moisture and nourishment it can get. Hot oil treatments are perfect for this and they can also help alleviate a dry, itchy scalp which you may experience during this season.
Our Herbal Hair and Scalp Oil is lightweight and great to use for your hot oil treatments. It’s formulated with Peppermint, Ginger, and Lavender which helps to soothe the scalp and promote healthy hair growth.
Add this directly to your hair and scalp, sit under a dryer or steamer for 20 minutes, and then rinse well with warm water. This step can be done as needed and will make a huge difference with the overall manageability and health of your natural hair.
Use Heavier Products
Another thing most naturalistas do once the seasons change is switch out their products. Once the cold weather comes, you want to exchange your lightweight products for heavier ones to maximize moisture retention.
Using products with a thick consistency and nourishing ingredients will keep your natural hair moisturized longer than a few days. If you have high porosity hair, heavier products can be very beneficial during the colder season.
A great product to use is our Irish Moss Styling Cream. This one and done, thick styler provides the perfect combination of definition and nourishment. Whether you plan on
doing a twist-out, braid-out, or bantu knots, this will provide long-lasting moisture and help you combat the drying effects the colder air can have on your hair.
Of course, everyone’s hair is different, so you want to pay attention to what your hair needs before changing your products.
Pre-Poo Every Wash Day
The last tip for keeping your hair flourishing during the Fall season is to do a pre-poo treatment every wash day. A pre-poo is what you apply to your hair before shampooing. Here are some benefits:
- Protects your hair from being stripped
- Improves softness + manageability
- Helps gently remove tangles + knots
- Reduces the chance of excessive breakage
- Restores moisture to your hair + scalp
This step will make a difference with how well your hair holds moisture and is very beneficial during the cold season.
Our Fenugreek Detangling Pre Poo has a ton of slip and will help moisturize and detangle your hair with ease. With nourishing ingredients such as Fenugreek, Irish Moss, Comfrey Root, and Mullein Extract, this pre poo will cut your wash day in half and prevent moisture loss when shampooing.
Following these steps in your regimen will help you maintain healthy natural hair during the Fall. Stay consistent with your regimen, use our quality products, and continue to incorporate healthy hair care practices that will keep your curls flourishing.
Blog Post Contributor: @naturally_madisen