As the winter chill sets in, it brings along a host of challenges for our natural hair. The combination of cold, dry air and indoor heating can lead to brittle strands, split ends, and slowed hair growth. However, with the right care and attention, you can keep your natural hair healthy and thriving even in the coldest months. In this post, we'll explore the best ways to grow your natural hair this winter.
1. Hydration is Key: Inside and Out
One of the primary challenges during winter is the lack of moisture in the air, which can leave your hair parched and prone to breakage. To combat this, focus on hydrating your hair from both the inside and the outside. Internally, ensure you're drinking enough water to keep your body and hair well-hydrated. Externally, use the Tailored Beauty Moisture Penetrating Deep Conditioner Treatment at least once a week. It is formulated with ayurvedic herbs and oils that will penetrate the hair to nourish and moisturize the hair shaft. In addition, consistently deep conditioning will aid in strengthening your hair so it is able to withstand the various weather elements, especially during the winter.
After deep conditioning, consider incorporating the Tailored Beauty Moisture Penetrating Leave-In Conditioner as a follow to keep your hair hydrated throughout the week.
2. Protective Styling
Protective styling is a crucial practice for promoting hair growth, especially in harsh winter conditions. Protective styles like braids, twists, or wigs can shield your hair from the cold and reduce exposure to dry air, preventing breakage and promoting length retention. Be sure not to make these styles too tight at the roots, as this can lead to damage and breakage as the hair is being pulled from the scalp. You hair can still look "sleek" without it being tight and very comfortable. Ensure to remind your hair stylists to reduce the tension when they are styling.
You can also experiment with protective styles such as buns, mini twists, and/or mini braids. These styles will styling and keep your hair length and health protected. Additionally, using satin or silk-lined accessories, such as scarves or bonnets, can help retain moisture and reduce friction, minimizing the risk of split ends.
3. Oil Your Scalp (& Ends!)
The winter air can be particularly harsh, leaving the scalp prone to dryness, itchiness, and flakiness. Oiling the scalp during this season not only provides much-needed hydration but also creates a protective barrier against the harsh elements. Opt for the Tailored Beauty Grow Thick Oil as it is formulated with oils that will shield your scalp and hair from the winter's drying effects. The massaging action of applying the oil not only helps in distributing warmth but also boosts blood circulation, promoting a healthier scalp environment. Embracing scalp oiling as a winter ritual ensures that your hair's natural moisture is retained, leaving you with a hydrated, itch-free scalp and vibrant, resilient locks even in the face of winter's chill.
4. Balanced Diet for Hair Health
What you put into your body has a direct impact on the health of your hair. Ensure you're maintaining a well-balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals essential for hair growth. Include foods high in biotin, vitamin E, and omega-3 fatty acids, such as eggs, nuts, and fatty fish.
Consider taking supplements if you're not getting enough nutrients from your diet. Consult with a healthcare professional to determine which supplements are suitable for you and your hair goals.
5. Gentle Cleansing Routine
Frequent washing can strip your hair of its natural oils, leading to dryness and breakage. Opt for the Tailored Moisturizing Coconut Creme Shampoo as it is sulfate-free shampoo which will gently cleanse your scalp without over-drying. When cleansing ensure to massage your scalp to lift any product build up and excess oil on the scalp. Then, follow up with the Tailored Beauty Coconut Creme Conditioner which is a moisturizing conditioner to restore hydration. Our Coconut Crème Conditioner contains mango butter and leaves the hair soft and smooth. Say good bye to tangled hair because this conditioner will give your hair an ample amount of slip making wash day a breeze.
In conclusion, growing your natural hair during winter requires a combination of internal and external care. Hydrate, protect, oil, nourish, and cleanse gently to keep your hair healthy and thriving. By incorporating these practices into your winter hair care routine, you'll be well on your way to achieving the length and health goals you desire.