As fall approaches, the weather changes. With the weather changes brings a host of problems for natural hair.
Most noticeable is how the air can cause your hair to get incredibly dry. When the season begins to change you should take note of any products that contain glycerin and cut back or eliminate them from our regimen all together until spring. Those products will pull moisture from your hair, exactly what you want to avoid. If you are cutting back on your glycerin usage, just be sure to apply products containing glycerin when you hair is moist. Do not use it on dry hair.
Pick a shampoo and conditioner that are moisturizing. There are several lines that are sulfate free, which will not strip moisture from your hair. I recommend Abba Pure Moisture shampoo, organix Macadamia Nut Oil shampoo.
Additionally, you can do more deep conditioning during these seasons for an added boost. I’m hooked on Eden BodyWorks Jojoba Monoi Deep Conditioner. It’s a wonderful option that are incredibly effective and affordable.
Don’t forget a leave-in conditioner. I apply after my hair has had some time to air dry so that my hair can soak up the product. I’m currently on the hunt for a leave in conditioner that I really like. In the meantime, I’ve been making my own conditioner with only a few ingredients:
2 – cups, Aloe Juice
3 – cups, Coconut Water
25 – drops, Essential Oil. I prefer macadamia nut oil but feel free to experiment.
Take the ingredients and pour into a spray bottle. Shake to combine and store in refrigerator until use. It should keep for approximately a month.
Apply your leave-in conditioner, homemade or store-bought on just washed, damp hair. I allow my hair to air dry, but you can certainly blow dry and style. Afterward your hair will be hydrated, soft and have a sheen to it. The coconut water is an all natural conditioner. It has a variety of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants to hydrate, nourish and safe guard hair without harsh chemicals. The aloe has a plethora of minerals, antioxidants, vitamins and natural conditioning qualities.
Afterward, I seal my hair with Eden BodyWorks JoJoba Monoi Hair Oil.
As your week goes on make sure to check your hair for dryness. If your find your tresses in need of a pick me up you can always spritz them with water or use a moisturizer like the Mimosa Hair Honey by Carol’s Daughter.
Protect your hair when you hit the streets. Grab a beanie or turn a scarf into an awesome head wrap. Take care of your hair this season!