Winter is here and while I’m stocking up on body butters and Chap Stick, I’m also revamping my hair regimen and products. I have a love/hate relationship with the winter weather. My styles may be on point from the less humid air but my tresses suffer from that same lack of moisture that I hate so much. As soon as the temperature starts to drop I know I have to bring out some of my fav (and sometimes expensive) moisture packed products.
For the past few months I’ve been obsessed with the FCA Natural shampoos. These shampoos are natural with the main ingredients being African Black Soap and a blend of oils to help balance your hair and scalp and to maintain it's natural moisture. These shampoos don’t lather but you end up with extremely clean hair. I alternate between the 2 depending on if my scalp is extremely dirty or if it's just lacking moisture. The product itself is very watery so you can put in it an application bottle for easy use.
Deep conditioners are my best friend during the colder months and I prefer to use a traditional deep conditioner to get the job done. My two favorites are the TGIN Honey Miracle Hair Mask and Alikay Natural’s Honey and Sage Deep Conditioner. Both products contain honey which serves as a natural humectant and it also has tons of nutrients to encourage hair growth. Sage also helps with promoting hair growth and the overall health of your hair. I like to deep condition once a week for maximum moisture.
The most important step to maintaining moisture is sealing it in and I love layering products using the LCO method to insure that the initial moisture from wash day stays as long as it possibly can. After deep conditioning, I always follow up with a leave it conditioner. My go to is Granier Fructis Sleek and Shine Leave in but I’ve also been loving Eden Bodywork’s Coconut Shea Leave In Conditioner. It’s not as thick as the Granier leave in but it’s packed with coconut oil (my fav) which penetrates the hair and adds moisture and it's blended with shea butter which helps lock in that moisture.
Speaking of locking in moisture, that’s the last step of the LCO method. I like to seal everything in with an oil or butter. Year around I use coconut oil for sealing but during the winter I like to add those heavier oils to my regimen. Shea Butter and Shea Butter mixtures are my best friends. They are thick, heavy and an amazing sealant. I use a variety of mixtures and honestly anyone will do. I’ve also been loving The Mane Choice’s Doesn’t Get Much Butter Than This. This is another great sealant due to its blend of oils and butters plus it adds amazing shine. I also use olive oil for hot oil treatments.
Moisture doesn’t stop on wash day so I love to use a few products mid-week to get me to my next wash day. Cantu’s Hair Lotion should win an award for the cheapest most moisturizing hair product. Oyin Handmade’s Hair Dew is another moisture rich product that gives my hair life when it’s lacking it the most. I like to spritz my hair with a little water or a moisture mist before applying these products to my hair. I also make sure to seal all of that moisture in as well. Both products are light weight enough to use daily.
For styling I’ve been using a non-traditional product, Shea Moisture’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil Leave in. It was way too light to use as a leave in for me so I decided to try it a different way. It leaves your hair moisturized, defined, shiny and it’s light weight as well so it doesn’t leave the hair weighed down. This has been my go to for initially styling and retwising my hair at night. Another winter fav is Shea Moisture’s Curling Souffle. This product literally coats your hair and locks in moisture. Even though it has a gel consistency, it doesn’t dry out your hair because it’s made with flax seed gel.
What are your favorite winter products?