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You know how in life you have to change clothes, shoes and other aspects according to the seasons? Well, if you didn’t already know, you have to go through the same process for your hair. That’s right, it’s that time of the year to start thinking about winterizing your hair care routine.

I know that it can be a pain in the butt, but if you want hair that stays healthy and strong throughout the seasons, you have to do your part to make sure that happens. It’s not enough to just take care of your tresses with “regular” maintenance kinds of things like shampooing. If you have natural hair, you literally should have two to three game plans to implement in a 12-month period depending on the weather.

Now, because winter can be so harsh on your hair, it is a good idea to look at your routine, do some research and change things up so that you can ensure your hair goals don’t experience a set back during the coldest months of the year. It’s never too early to look at your hair routine and update it. It’s just good practice.

So because fall is right around the corner, which means winter will be knocking on your door soon, let’s talk about how to winterize your hair.

Pre-Pooing

This is just a really good way to give your hair all the moisture it can get. Pre-pooing is a much-needed process and is usually done with a good oil or oil mixture the night before you plan to wash your hair. It coats your strains and serves as a layer of protection from the stripping that can sometimes happen with shampooing. Use your favorite oil and a shower cap.

Protective Styling

Hey, protective styles are not just for summer. No matter the time of year, they work in your favor. Winter is just an ideal a time as any to get whatever protective style you see fit. You know how it goes, it’s cold outside and most people don’t want to get out of a warm, cozy bed. A protective style can give you a little more time to sleep in as you don’t have to really do your hair. It also gives a break from too much tugging and pulling.

Deep Conditioning

It’s not enough to just wash and condition your hair. The elements in the environment can be rough on your tresses and that means deep conditioning is really not up for debate. This is a process that too many women don’t do often enough. It’s paramount to the overall health of your hair as it revives it and gives it much-needed nutrients that may have been lost for one reason or another. Find a product that you like, whether it be one for deep conditioning specifically or just one that your hair responds to well, apply it and sit under a dryer with a cap on your head. It’s a good idea to do this at least once a month during winter.

Hair Sealing

The whole idea of your winter routine is to keep your hair healthy and strong. That’s why using a sealant is one of the best things you can do. A good sealing agent helps lock moisture in as it creates a barrier between the elements and your hair. Shea butter is a go-to for naturals and is great for this purpose.

Winterizing your hair routine is so important and will only serve you in positive ways in the long run.

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