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The sad truth is that we often neglect our natural hair and expose it to the harsh winter elements. Ms Curvybody says this is the time to give your natural hair some extra TLC.

Different types of natural hair tend to be climate sensitive and the cold winter air can strip your hair of moisture, leaving it brittle and dull. Unfortunately this means dry hair, breakage and slow growth. Moisturising your natural hair and tucking it away using protective hairstyles can prevent breakage and maintain the hair’s elasticity, while stimulating and promoting healthy hair growth.

Tips to maintain your natural hair this winter

  1. Avoid using chemicals that are toxic and harmful, as these can lead to the breakdown of hair proteins and cause severe and even irreversible damage. The best advice is to go for natural hair products to keep your hair safe, moisturised, nourished and healthy.
  2. Use a sulphate-free shampoo to eliminate any issues with dryness and breakage.
  3. Deep conditioning or using a protein-based co-wash protects your hair during the washing process and prevents damage during your shampoo session. Conditioning your hair will add hydration and nourishment to moisture-thirsty hair.
  4. Trim your split ends keeps your natural hair healthier as it grows.
  5. Massage your scalp with oils to moisturise and protect your hair from the roots. The increased blood flow stimulates the hair follicles and promotes hair growth. Oils seal in moisture and protect the hair from the damaging effects of the climate.
  6. Avoid overheating with curling irons and flat irons that leave your hair dry, brittle and broken. Rather invest in a good head wrap or a scarf for those bad hair days.
  7. Protective hairstyles are the best way to shelter your hair from the elements that leave it dry, brittle and damaged.

When choosing a protective hairstyle:

  • Choose a style that won’t damage to your hair or that requires excessive pulling.
  • Always leave out your edges to avoid losing your hairline.
  • Make sure that the style is not too tight.

Choose a protective hairstyle that is not only fashionable, but that will also allow you to moisturise your scalp and the rest of the hair for the duration of the hairstyle. In short, your winter hair regime should be moisture, moisture and more moisture!

Source: Ms Curvybody. Image: iStock

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