Wednesday, December 12, 2018

How To Keep Relaxed Hair Moisturised During Harmattan


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We already discussed How To Keep Your Hair Healthy This Harmattan Period. I felt Relaxed Hair sisters should not be left out as relaxed hair needs to be taken care of as much as Natural Hair. So here we go...

The Harmattan weather can be harsh on relaxed hair cause the state of being straight and fragile. It can cause it to dry out and result in frizzy hair, split ends and breakage. These can be avoided by taking by following the stated tips and keeping relaxed hair moisturised.
Retaining moisture and general heath of relaxed hair during the cold weather takes some preparation beforehand.

Cowash Hair

Cowashing hair also known as no shampoo is cleansing hair with a conditioner instead of a shampoo. This is a better way of gently cleansing relaxed hair without stripping it of moisture. The idea is to retain as much moisture during the cold weather as possible so shampoo use should be only when and if necessary.

Invest in Sulphate Free Shampoo

Chemicals such as Sulphate and Paraben are drying to our hair shaft. So using them during the cold and harsh weather is a no no for us. In short, "toss it, toss it". Invest in good moisturising shampoo that has natural ingredients. A good shampoo should cleanse without striping the hair.

Moisturise & Seal Properly

Infusing and Retaining moisture is the goal. Moisture maintains the much needed elasticity for hair, while reducing dryness and breakage of hair strands. A good Leave in Conditioner and or Moisturiser should be used during the Harmattan Period.
Water, Rose Water, Aloe Vera Juice and Coconut Water can be put together and used as a great moisturiser. Using the LOC/LCO method of moisturising methods to add in the needed moisture.
Avocado oil is penetrating and moisturising and it also draws in, retain and lock in moisture. Coconut oil prevents dry scalp and dandruff and Olive oil increases Manageability, Elasticity and Shine of hair.

Steam Your Hair

Steaming your hair in other words Deep Conditioning with Heat. This opens the closed cuticles of hair thereby allowing penetration of products. Deep condition strengthens weak and damaged hair and prevent breakage. This helps bring elasticity to hair during the season.

Say No To Heat

Avoid any form of heat apart from during steaming. Relaxed hair is already weak and stretched to its limit and considering the harsh weather, applying other forms of heat like flat ironing or straightening your hair will make it lose the needed moisture you are trying to attain thereby leaving your hair cranky and brittle.

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Protect Your Hair

Always always protect your hair for sleep. Cotton happens to be a very good absorbent, so it strips the hair of moisture and also makes our hair frizzy. Wear a satin Bonnet or silk scarf to sleep to avoid this or use a silk pillowcase.

Wear Protective Styles

Before Harmattan season i usually preach wearing Protective Styles. Leaving your hair out means you have to comb it for the length of time which is not healthy for your natural hair. Although letting your hair and scalp breathe is very good, but you don't want to just wear your hair our in this weather. You need to put them in styles that are easy to moisturise and keep your hair out of the way. These Protective Styles are easy to pull off and help you retain the much needed length.

Stay Hydrated

And a bonus tip. The Harmattan Season is characterised with chills and dryness and the best we can do is to improve on our water intake. Start your moisturising process by taking as much water as possible to stay hydrated, avoid dry patched lips and skin. Improve on Diet by Incorporating fresh Fruits and Vegetables for our overall health. A little changes and improvement here and there and we would realise that the season is not so bad afterall.



How do you make your Relaxed hair flourish during Harmattan? Do well to let us know in the comment section.

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