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6 Winter Hair Techniques to Help Your Hair Retain Moisture

Winter is here. If you neglect to protect your hair, it will take a hit.

A big one. Imagine rough, crispy, crunchy strands blowing in the wind and splitting at the very touch. I cringe just picturing it. Nobody wants that.

This winter take a defensive stance with your hair care and make it a daily quest to fight off the frigid cold by imparting and helping your hair retain moisture – as much as possible.

Here’s six techniques you can do to help your hair retain moisture this winter:

1- Twist soaking wet hair that’s been sealed with a light oil and whipped butter.

The key is to twist your hair in a rope like fashion down the length of your hair, while twirling product into the ends of your hair. This technique helps to further lock moisture into your hair.

Using a light oil and a whipped butter will create a sort of “double seal” without weighing your hair down. Fine hair is easily weighed down but because you’re twisting soaking with hair with lighter weight products, your strands will absorb those products while locking in moisture.

Here’s a peak at what my hair looks like twisting large sections in this manner and then releasing a few of those twists…super moisturized:

curl units

2- On wash day, use aloe vera in your pre-poo.

Aloe Vera helps to condition and sooth dried parched strands. Because it can act like a humectant, you don’t want to leave it in your hair as the cold air will draw moisture from your hair.

Instead, add some Aloe Vera to a conditioner you use as a pre-poo (or pre-wash). Then, when the time comes wash it out with a sulfate free shampoo or co-wash product.

best aloe vera gel

3- Apply all of your hair products to soaking wet hair in the shower.

This allows any products you apply to better penetrate your hair shaft. The steam from your shower will keep your cuticles open while you are applying your hair products.

The products you should be applying in the shower include sealing oils, leave in conditioner and styler.

4- Add olive oil to your deep conditioner and deep condition with a heating cap on.

Olive is said to be a moisturizing oil. While no oil can actually moisturize the hair, olive oil can penetrate the hair shaft so that moisture can be retained.

You can also use olive oil as your sealing oil if it’s something that’s worked well at sealing in moisture for you in the past.

5- Build up extra moisture in your hair using the Greenhouse Effect.

The Greenhouse Effect (GHE) isn’t something you should do daily but only over night once or twice a week.

While you are working feverishly to keep your hair nice and moisturized, you don’t want to get moisture overload.

6- Steam your hair for at least 15 minutes

You can steam your hair on wash day or even mid-week. It’s a great moisturizing technique that can help revive old curls.

After steaming, follow with an application of your favorite thick leave in conditioner. Then, pull your hair into a loose bun secured with a satin band. Cover your head with a silk or satin scarf while it’s drying. (Check out this 1 Minute Task That Can Save Your Hair)

Don’t allow Winter to steal your hair’s vitality. Do these moisturizing techniques regularly. Switch up what you do every few weeks.

For example, do the GHE method for two nights and the following week twist your soaking wet hair with a light oil and whipped butter.

After you’ve added all that wonderful moisture to your hair, further retain that moisture by wearing a satin lined cap outdoors (BONUS tip). Hats like these shield your hair from the harsh cold. Plus they are super cute.

winter hair cap

Consistency in attending to your hair is what will help you avoid winter hair damage.

Michelle Smith
Michelle is a Christian special needs mom residing in the NYC area who shares useful tips to grow and maintain fine natural hair. She's a published author and Creator of Fine Natural Hair and Faith, inspiring others with faith for living along side knowledge on how to care for their "crown."

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