It’s winter time. The air is both cold and dry, and our hair suffers for it! I am going to provide some quick and not so quick fixes that will restore your hair’s moisture balance.
Now let’s say that you have to be somewhere rather quickly- under 5 minutes- and you just need to address this problem immediately, then the quick fixes below will be of some help. However, if you want your results to last for a few days to a week or longer, then the not so quick fixes will be the right method for you!
Heated styling appliances like flat irons and curling wands will do nothing more than mask the damage that is occurring to your hair. Using direct heat will eventually lead to more dryness, decreased pliability and breakage will follow. Although heat protectors help to mask some of the heat damage- they do not solve any of the problems that will result from using heat styling tools.
If you do not have a hairstyle, spray a really light mist of purified water throughout your hair, and depending on the thickness of your hair apply about a dime to quarter sized amount of coconut or amla oil throughout your hair. Brush and then put your hair in a chignon to maintain the moisture.
Moisturize and Seal
Apply your favorite hair moisturizer
, and then apply coconut oil afterwards to seal the added moisture and brush (with a boar bristle brush
) to distribute the products evenly throughout your hair. Style as usual, but it’s also the perfect time to try out a messy bun or an updo.
Not So Quick Fixes
Pre-Shampoo Hot Oil Treatment
Deeeeep Conditioning Treatment
Leave-in Conditioner and Roller Set/Wet Wrap
One of the best ways to maintain your hair’s moisture throughout the week is to apply a moisturizing leave-in conditioning treatment
to your hair before you roller set or wet wrap it. Then, apply your setting/wrap solution
and finally a serum
to seal in all of your moisture. After your hair is dry (and depending on the thickness of your hair) apply a dime to quarter sized amount of coconut oil to your hair and then brush to evenly distribute it. After wrapping it up at night, I apply a tiny bit of coconut oil to my ends and then use a silk scarf
to keep my wrap in place. By doing so, my hair will retain its moisture level until the next time I shampoo.
NB- You can combine these all of these quick and not so quick fixes to ensure that your hair stays in excellent condition.