“Gee I just love how damaging the frigid temps can be to my fine hair. Bring on the negative degrees!”
Winter time is for the birds (and even they have sense enough to fly south for the season). The high winds that accompany winter are very harmful to all hair types but especially to fine strands. The air is so cold and dehydrating to our hair, we have to make sure we do everything (proactively) possible to protect it. That, or suffer the consequences.
I remember when I would wear my hair out in the winter (before I had much sense). I would just let my puny little strands go flowing in the wind. “Oops did I hear a pop?” My hair would blow and make contact with my lip gloss. Then, when I’d separate their little love affair, the strands would pop right off. Suffice it to say, that relationship ended very fast and I learned how to protect my natural hair in the winter instead of letting it flow freely when it was freezing out (not such a good idea).
When the winter rolls around, you must must must (and one more for good measure….MUST) protect your fine hair. And, just so we are clear, protection in the form of protective styling isn’t the only way. Thank God more and more innovative tools are being created to help us protect fine hair from damage.
Below are some of my favorite hair tools for protecting fine natural hair in the winter. Some I’ve been using for the longest time and others I’ve just recently discovered. Either way, unlike winter they don’t suck.
While the winter temps will stop at nothing to rob your hair of it’s moisture, the Q-Redew will step in and do the opposite! This hair tool can put it all back in a matter of minutes. It’s the portable steamer that keeps on giving (as long as you keep on pressing the steam button ha!).
Satin Life Soft Slouchy Satin Lined Hat Cap Beanie
This satin cap is great for protecting natural hair in the winter when you just need to run out with unkept hair (without it actually looking that way) or to sleep in. It’s a rival to the Grace Eleyae Slap Cap (also a great hair tool) but what I like best about this one is it has an adjustable draw string so as it gets a little more wear, you can tighten it up. Plus, adjustable means if you’ve got a big head, you’ve got a little more room to work with 🙂
All the various sizes of the PuffCuff are great but the reason I like rocking the mini during the winter is it is small enough for you to protective style with! A bun or two anyone? (NOTE: You may need the Micro size depending on the density of your hair)
Beachwaver The Wrap Up
Very very gentle, yes. This handy dandy hair accessory (click the image for Amazon reviews) is also available at Bed Bath and Beyond, can be bent and molded to make a top knot, chignon, French twist, or faux bob. It fits loosely in the hair so as not to create tension on your fine strands. Great for protective styling in the winter. Plus, it comes in 3 colors (black, brown and blonde).
SWAKCouture Satin Lined Head Band/Wrap
Available in the cutest of designs (and they custom design too), you can pull your fine strands up and away from the elements into a pineapple or other cute updo without crushing your curls. For even more natural hair protection in the winter, there’s an option to add an additional satin lining. SWAKCouture sells on Etsy and they area based in Atlanta.
Alaska Bear 100% Mulberry Silk 600 Threadcount Hypoallergenic Pillowcase
Saving the best for last! This pillowcase is highly rated on Amazon for a reason. Not only does it have a high thread count, making it softer and more gentle on your hair when you sleep at night; it has a hidden zipper (more protection for those fine strands that may stray at night) and comes in a multitude of colors. Yes, it’s recommended that you protect yoru hair with silk or satin pillowcases year round but you especially need it in the winter as your hair is even more prone to drying out due to indoor heat.
Don’t allow winter to rob your hair of it’s health and vitality. Just because it’s fine doesn’t mean it has to lack fierce.