Whether you rock your hair natural, relaxed or texlaxed, dryness is no respecter of texture.
Over this past weekend, one of my male naturalists… Wait! Have I ever mentioned that this blog caters to the hair needs of all sexes? Well, it does. Okay?..Okay! As I was saying, he sent a mail asking to know how he could keep his afro from going dry and hard.
Now, I do not believe that anyone should break the bank to grow an afro. All you need do is understand your hair and if there’s one thing afro textured hairs love most, it has got to be moisture. The best and most reliable moisturizer remains water and since water dries out quite easily when sprayed into hair, the only logical thing to do would be to find a way to make the water stay longer in the hair…Right?
So far, the LOC has proven to be one of the best and mostly used methods to keep afro hair moisturized, where:
L-liquid or leave-in-conditioner
How To LOC
1. Spritz your hair with the liquid, I use water but if you must use a leave-in-conditioner, ensure it is a water-based leave-in-conditioner (i.e. water should be the first ingredient you see when you look on the side of the bottle where the ingredients of the leave-in-conditioner is written). You can also mix the leave-in-conditioner with water in a spray bottle, the choice is yours;
2. Slather on some oil of your choice (I prefer coconut oil) and
3. Apply a cream (I use Shea butter) to seal in the oil and water.
With this simple and inexpensive method, your hair can stay moisturised all day long.
Can I see your hand in the air like 🙋 …Oh yea, I see you people…Sombori say ‘d-d-r-y-y-y and brittle’.
Let me just be honest ehn, aside my washed clothes getting dry real quick, I dread every other thing this harmattan has to offer.
So FAM, let’s look at a few hair rules to abide by while the harmattan lasts.
What is Harmattan?
A cold, dry and dusty wind blowing over the West African subcontinent from the Sahara Desert into the Gulf of Guinea between the end of November and the middle of March.
Effects of Harmattan on Hair & Tips on How To Cushion These Effects.
Dry Hair & Scalp: dryness is something us naturals have to combat on a daily basis and this harmattan can only heighten the struggle.
Tip: shampoo less and if it becomes necessary to shampoo more often, opt for mild sulfate free shampoos, clays, ACV rinse or shampoo bars and don’t forget to moisturise with penetrating oils (coconut, avocado or jojoba oil) and follow with a sealant (I seal in moisture with my leave in conditioner), butters are a good pick too.
Dust: with the harmattan in the air and the oils in our hair, attracting dust to one’s hair is inevitable but here’s what you can do.
Tip: when outside and exposed to the weather, protect your hair with scarves, beanies, hats or turbans (preferably ones lined with satin or silk).
Breakage & Split ends: a lot of our daily moisturising products contain humectants and these humectants can draw the dry air from the atmosphere this harmattan and trap it in our hair. This is why ‘just moisturizing’ may not be enough in this dry season.
Tip: go in for protective styles like faux locks, chunky twists, chunky braids or sew-ins. These styles would ensure your ends are safely tucked away from the harshness of the weather and apart from the sew-ins, the other styles don’t stand in the way of your normal hair routine (washing, deep conditioning and moisturising).
Protective Styles/Stunts For The Weather
Not leaving our brothers behind,
Other Things You May Want To Consider
A lip balm with natural ingredients as its constituents.
Keep your moisturizers within reach.
Laugh with caution so you don’t end up crying in the end.
Avoid sustaining injuries.
Drink tons of water to moisturise you from the inside.
Protect your eyes and nose from the dust.
Wear thigh high stockings to keep dryness at bay while you sleep.
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