Firstly, why does your hair need any special care in the winter? Plain simply because it's cold and the cold has a tendency to dry hair out. Also, have you ever seen a leaf on a very cold day. It's brittle, I think my hair strands are much more vulnerable than leaves so I'll always spare them exposure to the cold.
So what are your options?
1. Throw a hat and scarf over your head when you go out
This simply creates a barrier between the extremely cold weather outside and your temperature-sensitive hair. This is especially useful when your hair is too short to pin in or pin up.
2. Wear completely protective, low manipulation hair styles
Completely protective hair styles keep the ends of your hair completely out of site. The best completely protective hair styles are:
This has two benefits:
a. You hair strands are stronger bound together than they are when they're "freely floating". Think about it this way, what's easier to break a single tooth pick or ten tooth picks bunched together. The same applies to your hair.
b. The second benefit is that your hair get a break from being combed. Combing is great for detangling hair but it is also the biggest opportunity for breakage.
3. Wear completely protective hair styles
You can obviously hide your hair without plaits by:
These are a good alternative to the completely protective, low manipulation hair styles.
Remember, it's not just the weather you're protecting your hair from but also the central heating system; hiking the heating in your house up also dries out hair. Also, even outside of winter when it is raining or winding think "protective hairstyle".
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For any length of hair:
Cotton soaks moisture out of hair and is more abrasive against hair fibres thereby increasing the likelihood of breakage.
A satin cap doesn't have any of these two problems; it provides the best overnight protection for hair.
A must have for locking heat in when you're conditioning your hair. I usually put one of these on, blow dry on top of it and put a scarf over the shower cap to trap the heat in during a deep condition.
SEAMLESS WIDE-TOOTH COMB
It's easier to get a wide-tooth comb through kinky, curly or coily hair without hair breakage.
Some naturals also like the "Denman" brush. I've had one for years but I stopped using it when I went natural; it still has relaxed hair fibres on it! When I'm less obsessed about breakage I might start using it again.
When you've left the TWA (teeny weeny afro) stage you also need:
You need these for most styles. Go for those with round ends so that they don't irritate your scalp.
One more thing to watch out for, when you slip these out you should hold them apart because if they are too close together they have a tendency to snag and break hair fibres.
This is the best side-comb for natural hair that I have ever found but it's so hard to find! The stems don't break when you slip the comb into hair like I have experienced with other combs.
This comb is beginning to look frayed because the top coat is coming off but other than that it's very much intact.
I actually don't have these myself but I'm planning to get some as my hair is now officially medium length.
Hair clamps stop hair that you are not working on from getting in the way during your wash and condition session.
Head lice (Pediculus humanus capitis) are anyone’s nightmare. Adults can get head lice too but the problem is much more common among children because their games often involve close contact.
Lice don’t cause any sort of infection or disease they are just a very annoying parasite.
How Are Lice Transferred From Person To Person?
One would normally get lice from someone if you share something that the lice have latched on to. Sharing things, for example:
How Do You Know You or Your Child Has Lice?
Intense itching on the back of your head or around the neck area. Apparently this itching happens when the lice bite and suck blood out of the scalp.
How Do You Identify Lice?
These suckers are tiny and they crawl very fast so they can be pretty hard to spot.
The easiest way to identify their location is to look out for little white eggs (nits) using a good light. If you have dark hair or dark skin these white eggs will obviously stand out more than if you have light hair and skin.
Lice vs. Dandruff
Unhatched eggs (nits) are darker in colour and become white when the eggs hatch. This process takes 7 to 11 days after being laid. White, hatched eggs stick to hair when you try to remove them unlike dandruff, which can be more easily flicked or washed out.
How To Get Rid of Head Lice
When there’s a lice infestation in a school they normally carry out a large co-ordinated effort involving parents and all teachers to stop it. Kids found with lice may be prevented from attending school until the issue is resolved.
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