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Winter Hair Tips

Here are 5 ways to help your hair survive the cold winter air this year.
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The winter period is an amazing time of year, with an abundance of woolly jumpers, hot chocolate, and most importantly over-eating. While we have all been battling the COVID-19 pandemic, your hair is also battling the cold weather and its number one side effect, dry hair. Curly hair is the most fragile and susceptible to breakage and damage.


In the winter, there is less moisture in the air (and with central heating to stay warm indoors) and your hair will dry up and shrink more than ever. The scalp is more prone to dehydration with the cold weather and intense indoor heat, which can result in a dry scalp and brittle hair. Winter can make the moisture level inside your hair drop to around 10% or lower. Through our research at That Good Hair, we have compiled 5 winter hair tips to help you help beat dry winter hair.

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Deep Conditioning
Deep conditioning is a great way to care for curly hair on a regular basis to combat dryness. Deep conditioners are concentrated thicker conditioners full of nourishing butters and oils that can protect your hair from the cold weather. During the winter period, to strengthen your hair, I recommend purchasing a deep conditioning treatment that is full of natural protein. A protein hair mask can help to prevent damage and can improve the elasticity of your hair. Did you know that Hemp Seed Oil is full of protein, in fact it contains all 20 known amino acids including the 9 essential amino acids (EAAs) our bodies cannot produce. You can choose Hemp Seed Oil in your hair butter formula from our shop.
It is important to know when your hair has had TOO much protein. ⁠
A tell-tale sign is that all the efforts you make to moisturise seem or have no effect, (or even make it worse). Use a clarifying cleanser to remove protein build-up.⁠
Paris Reveira
Hair Care Guru
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Co Washing
If you don't do this already, now is a great time to start. Co-washing is when you wash your hair with a 'cleansing conditioner'. It is a great method for people with curly or colour-treated hair as it doesn't strip the hair of oils like regular shampoos. Many people swear by co-washing claiming it helped to reduce their split ends. If your hair is dry, but wash day is around the corner, this will help to give your hair the added moisture it needs to stay healthy during the winter. A great botanical cleanser to use is our Custom Cleanser, choose a cream consistency when you pick your ingredients. Use a clarifying shampoo every 4-6 weeks to help get rid of any build-up caused by co-washing.
Using a cowash can be a lot more gentle for your hair but washing your hair too much during winter can make your hair fragile and prone to breakage.
Paris Reveira
Hair Care Guru
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Satin Pillowcases
This is a must, if you struggle with satin bonnets, a satin pillowcase can be a great addition to your hair care system. Satin pillowcases are amazing at keeping your hair healthy because they don’t suck out all of your hairs natural moisture. Cotton pillowcases can make your hair even drier especially after it had to deal with the cold outdoors and can make it brittle and dry and that’s something you don’t want. For those of you who don’t like sleeping on anything synthetic, silk can be a good alternative to satin because silk and satin pillowcases are both undoubtedly better than cotton ones. Some people prefer silk over satin, mostly because it is a natural fibre, however, satin still has some advantages.
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Vitamins
Your hair is made of keratin, which is a type of protein. Proteins are built from amino acids, which are formed as a result of the reaction of cell enzymes and biotin. The biotin in your body contributes to the production of healthy hair and nails, by providing an essential ingredient in the process of hair growth. There are many 'vitamins' that promote hair growth and health such as Sugarbear hair, Perfectil and Hairburst. These include important ingredients such as Biotin which help improve hair growth and strengthen hair. You could also take Omega-3 fish oil pills, the essential omega-3 fatty acids nourish hair at the follicles, where each strand connects to your scalp and can help strengthen the hair reducing breakage and dryness. Your hair is impacted by your diet the same way your skin is, you can find out more about the best foods for your hair here.
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Protective Styling
Try to keep your hair in a protective style for as long as possible – the less stress on your hair at this time of year, the better. Some naturals choose to wear their hair in plaits, cornrows, braids, weaves and wigs and all are great ways of protecting your hair. Just remember to make sure it isn't too tight, keep your scalp clean and don’t neglect it just because it’s in a protective style, it still needs moisturising. Get creative with different protective styles there are thousands of videos to choose from. Here are a few...

If you're like me however and love wearing your hair out while you're in public, make sure when you get home you plait your hair as soon as possible to help it recover from being out in the elements. Not only will this method help you lock in moisture, but you may also notice your hair grow faster because you are retaining its length.
Try not to over manipulate your hair, stick to simple styles and make them sparkle with some hair jewels and accessories.
Paris Reveira
Hair Care Guru
How do you care for your hair during winter? Do you use these tips or have you got some of your own? If you have any specific struggles or concerns with your hair, don't hesitate to comment below, submit a hair analysis form or just send me a message.
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