The other day, I was asked if I have a winter hair care regimen, and well…the answer is, yes and no. Luckily, I live in a climate where it rarely falls below 50 degrees, and while that is not optimal for me, I don’t have to worry about my hair freezing in 15 degree temperatures. Therefore, I’m still team wash and go at the moment. However, the dew points have dropped significantly – from the 50-60 to 20-30, so for me, that pretty much cuts out all glycerin. Strangely enough, I do not have issues with other humectants, just glycerin. Also, I try to make sure I DC more in winter since my apartment is much drier with the heat on, and I may invest in a humidifier this winter. Oh…and I want a steamer for Christmas (Hey mom and dad, if you’re reading this… 😉 ) to enhance my deep conditioning treatments. I was thinking about getting a weave, but then Halley’s Curls shafted me on my free weave hair (come on, I was TWO DAYS LATE!), so I ditched that idea!
Recently, my friends over at Oyin posted a blog about using glycerin in winter. I loved the tips, and they basically allowed me to buy some Shine and Define! The main takeaway is to make sure your products with glycerin also have WATER to help keep your hair hydrated (remember, water is our friend!). Also, if you use products with glycerin BEFORE you shower, the steam from the shower will give moisture to your hair, and then when you get out of the shower you can seal your hair with an oil to keep the moisture from escaping.
I can attest to sealing your glycerin products, because I did this over summer with Curl Junkie’s Aloe fix when we had high dew points. Aloe Fix can turn my hair into a bird’s nest in a high dew quicker than you can say, “Shazam!” so I sealed over it with my flax seed gel, which contains oils I add to it. My hair looked awesome, if I do say so myself.
So, what are your plans for winter? Protective styling? Putting away humectants? Steaming? Or are you going to hide in the house until spring (like I want to do)?