Surviving Scandinavian Winter: The Afro Hair Edition
Juggling your work schedule and busy social life (which will only get busier during the Christmas period) leaves less and less time to care for your hair. The bitter winter weather, harsh winds and pouring rain all serve to cause brittleness and breakage to hair that is already prone to dryness. As beautiful as our natural crowns are, it can be expensive, time consuming and let’s be real – exhausting. With that said, we’ve put together our top tips and favourite hacks to keep your hair healthy and well maintained. We hope this makes your winter a little more bearable.
1. Invest in an oil your hair loves.
Our hair is wonderfully diverse and unique but one commonality is the tendency for our hair to be dry. Dry hair causes breakage, hair to loose elasticity and is simply harder to manage. Keeping moisture locked in as much as possible is why the LOC method revolutionised the hair routine. Here’s the catch however – not all oils will be the best for your hair or scalp.
For example, if your hair has too much protein, you may want to avoid coconut oil. Coconut oil is full of protein and an excessive amount can cause your hair to feel even more brittle and cause more shedding and breakage.
Take some time, do some research and keep your hair moisturised whether in natural or protective hairstyles.
2. Try a new protective hairstyle.
If you’re anything like me, styling my hair feels like a total waste of valuable day time when the days are shorter and it’s dark by 4pm. Protective styles are low maintenance and long lasting, if cared for properly. A favourite of mine is Passion Twists.
Passion Twists took social media by storm last summer. This style is the love child of luscious curls and all-time favourite Senegalese Twists. A summer trend that’s perfect for protecting your hair in winter.
When I want to keep my natural 3c hair out, my winter go-to is to simply twist it. After my usual wash day routine, I use the Sofn’ Free Curl Activator Lotion, Argan Oil & Creme of Nature’s Moisture Whip Twisting Creme. I style my hair in 2 or 3 strand twists and leave it for about 1 or 2 weeks. Not only is my hair protected but the twist out after is fabulous & perfect for a night out – before the wind destroys it.
Whichever protective style you choose, it’s important to take care of your scalp and keep it hydrated. The Flora & Curl Jasmine Oasis Hair Mist is perfect for this. Plus, it’s a black-owned brand from the UK that delivers across Europe!
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3. Treat yourself with a DIY treatment.
Giving your hair a boost of moisture in winter is so important and it doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. Finding the right products can be tricky, but luckily there are fantastic ingredients you can use in your kitchen. But before getting started, it’s important to understand what your hair needs.
If you find that your hair doesn’t take to products or styles the way you expect, the answer could simply be down to understanding more about your hair. Doing quick porosity and elasticity tests could save you a lot of time (and money) in the future.
After that, choose products and ingredients that your hair needs as there is such a thing as too much moisture and too much protein. If you’ve religious tried egg and mayo deep treatments in the past to no avail, you could actually have been doing more harm than good.
Making sure to know & understand your hair will lead to great results. Consistency is key and you’ll see the effects with a little patience. Luckily, with a long Scandinavian winter, we’re spending more time indoors so there’s plenty of time to spend getting to know your hair.
4. Protect your hair with accessories.
Aren’t these the most incredible hats? Hat hair is bad enough without the material being guaranteed to cause friction and flyaways. Slicked down some cute baby hairs? Forget it! With hats like these, you can stay warm this winter without having to compromise.
Head to Black Sunrise to see more of their products that are made for protecting natural hair throughout all seasons.
We hope these tips help to ease the burden on your hair this winter! When it comes to your hair, work smart – not hard.