How to avoid winter hair shedding on 4c hair
As summer is drawing to a close, you, me, and thousands of 4c natural hair girls all over the world are wondering one thing. “What in the world should I do with my hair this winter?”.
If you are natural, then you know the drill and have already started to think about ways to weather-proof your hair for the cold.
Besides jingles and gifts, the winter season also brings dry air that sucks out all the moisture from your hair, leading to breakage and hair fall.
Therefore, women with 4c textured hair will need to be a little more careful during the holiday season to prevent hair loss. To combat the harsh effects of the cold weather on your hair, you will need to slightly adjust your 4c hair care regimen.
In this post, I share how to take care of your 4c hair this winter.
Protect your hair from the cold
First things first. You have to invest in a hat. Cover up your 4c hair whenever you step out in order to protect your hair from the icy temperatures, rain, and strong winds. When choosing a hat, make sure you search for something that is lined with satin or silk inside to prevent friction which will lead to more damage.
Wash your hair with lukewarm water
I know it can be tempting to treat yourself to a steamy hot shower after spending the day in freezing temperatures. However, excessively hot water strips your hair of moisture and will leave it dry. Therefore, you want to clean your hair with lukewarm water and rinse out the product with cool water to seal the ends.
Use a Vitamin E oil
The cold weather outside combined with the dry indoor heat will lead to increased split ends and breakage on your 4c hair. Therefore, you have to give it a little moisture boost with an oil that contains vitamin E. The vitamin is best-known to prevent breakage and split ends, which makes it the perfect supplement for the winter season. You can use it for weekly oil-based hair treatments or simply apply it to your ends daily to protect your hair from drying out.
Deep condition more often
During the wintertime, you have to love on your hair more than usual, which means increasing the number of times you deep condition it. If your regular 4c hair care routine included bi-weekly deep conditioning treatments and more co-washing, then now is the time to pump it up to weekly treatments. Deep conditioning really helps fight hair loss and will combat the effect of cold winter winds and indoor heating.
Steam your hair
For those of you that do not own one yet, the next tool you need to invest in is a hair steamer. 4c hair needs all the help it can get in maintaining moisture during the cold months. So what better way to hydrate your hair then by using a steamer to penetrate dry hair strands. Increase elasticity and add moisture from the comfort of your home this holiday season.
I hope these 5 tips answered your question about how to take care of your 4c hair this winter.