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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Natural hair and winter worries - Part 2

Natural hair and winter worries - Part 2

Hello Naturals!!  I'm back with another winter worry that needs some love and attention and no one is spared.  I know, I know...we are all too busy enjoying the winter weather (if you like that sort of thing) or getting ready for parties, family gatherings, going out of town or expecting guests.  And let's not forget the shopping...oh, the shopping we still have to do!  We are just all too busy! (I've got a post up tomorrow discussing that very thing) Despite all of our troubles we must keep ourselves up and that includes our hair.

As you can see I have been working those twists that the lovely Strawberricurls hooked me on and I couldn't be happier.  There's a story behind the twists which included a trim but I'll discuss that further in a future post.  Right now I'm worrying about what the past has done to my hair and yours so let's get into another worry many of us may have.

Summer Beatings
What are summer beatings?  Well, they are the carefree days of warmer months that have long left many of us behind.  During the summer and spring, we were much more daring with our hair.  We colored it (many of us more than once or even more than twice) and we doused it with tons and tons of chlorine.  We also let the sun bake it to death although some of us may have worn a straw hat.  I dare ask... was there a scarf under that hat?  Heck no, because it was too hot and the hat was too cute to even THINK about the damage it could have caused.  Oh, now do you get where I am coming from?

Winters are notoriously drier than summer months (here in Colorado at least) but that does not mean summer is forgiving.  There are higher temperatures; we are outside more and we are not thinking about protective styling as much.  Most women love coloring their hair during the summer months and although it may have held up well at first we may be seeing the damages all that coloring and neglect left behind.  

This may be the time for some serious deep conditioning that you neglected during the warmer months.  Do it regularly and I mean after every wash! Choose a rich and thick one and do not be afraid to slather it on. Your hair really needs it and it cannot hurt.  I love Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque but there are so many out there to choose from.  You do not have to keep it in overnight. If you feel inclined you can sit under a hooded dryer for about 15 minutes (I would set it at a low or medium temp) or even just walk around with a plastic cap for an hour and allow the heat from your head to warm it up.  Either way, the deep conditioner will moisturize and repair your damaged, frizzy, dry brittle hair.  


Natural hair and winter worries
Before the trim
When was the last time you trimmed your hair?  I ask because I never think about it until winter and that may be the same for you.  Are your ends raggedy?  Well, it may be time to get a trim from a professional or try it out yourself.  I've had great success with doing my own trims (I do it with my hair in twists and completely dry) and even though I did one earlier this year I saw my ends were quite ratty.  How often to trim?  Well, that truly depends on the natural, the condition of the hair and whoever you ask!  I trim about twice a year and find that enough but if you really did a number on your hair over the summer it is probably time to get one. 


Natural hair and winter worries
After the trim
Can you see the difference in my ends?  I'll be doing a post on the before and after my trim but the bottom line is hanging onto split ends or raggedy ends makes your hair look bad and the condition of your hair will only get worse. Now, not everyone agrees on trimming hair but if you have not been kind to your hair or neglectful then your hair could really use it.  Look at your hair and you be the judge.  Remember to only use PROFESSIONAL shears.  Don't go for the regular scissors around the house.  Trust me....I know from experience!

I love summer.  It's my favorite time of the year but after the warm weather has passed we need to make sure our hair is in tip top shape for the colder months.  Don't worry, I'm not done with the winter worries series and hope you are looking at your hair and your summers in a whole new light. 

Keep those tresses healthy Naturals,
Sabrina

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