Afro hair tips to last you through this cold, rainy season

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The same way you’d change your skincare routine as the weather turns a little chilly is the exact same way that your hair regimen needs an adjustment or two as it gets colder.

Despite the fact that you’d assume only hot temperatures would dry out your hair, it’s not quite the case. The colder it gets, the more prone your scalp is to being dehydrated. This is because cooler temperatures suck the moisture out of your hair leaving it dry, dull and frizzy. And don’t let me even get started on those split ends, ladies! What a nightmare.

Tips to keep your tresses looking great!

With the weather in Nairobi, Kenya, getting cooler and wetter, here are some simple tricks that should help keep your hair looking and feeling its best!

  • Lock the moisture in. Now that you know cold air sucks the moisture out of your scalp, finding yourself a good leave-in conditioner and hair oil to seal the moisture back into your hair is key. Keep your scalp and hair moisturised!
  • Invest in a hat or two. Be it a beanie, baseball cap, cute fedora or a French-style beret, a hat will help protect your hair from harsh weather conditions and can help with a bad hair day too.
  • Humidifiers are your friends. A good way to combat the dryness in the air is to invest in a good humidifier. Best part? Your skin will also be thanking you!
  • Minimize heat. Step away from the blow drier, flat iron and whatever other hot tools you’ve been reaching for! It will only lead to excessive breaking so if you can, avoid it. Instead, try air-drying although it might take a lot longer given the cooler temperatures.
  • Wear protective styles. Cornrows and braids will not only help keep the moisture locked in but will also allow you to go through longer periods without tampering with your hair. Make sure your hair isn’t pulled too tight though as this will only defeat the purpose and lead to breakage. Buns are a great option too if you’re not a fan of braids.

Happy hair care and remember to keep warm!

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Sharon Mundia

Sharon Mundia is the author of the award-winning, personal style blog, This Is Ess. As a fashion fanatic, beauty lover and home decor enthusiast, she will leave you wanting to revamp your closet, home and life in general.

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