Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Winterizing Your Hair & Skin

Twist out in the winter

So, this is one of the times of the year that people get sick the most---change in weather. Sniffling, sneezing, coughing, and hacking. #Apple cider vinegar, lots of water, and lemons!!!!

This is also the time of year when hair and skin care are a major concern. Here are the things that are the most important to me for my hair and skin during this time: WATER, BUTTERS, and OILS!

Staying hydrated from the inside is uber important. Since our bodies are made of mostly water, it's vital that we drink enough of it so our cells, organs, tissues, etc. function properly. We lose water just by breathing, so imagine how much more you lose when you perspire, and go to the bathroom, etc. Certain ailments and sicknesses, like headaches and joint pain can come from not drinking enough water as well, so it can definitely have an adverse effect on your skin and hair.  When you get a chance read, Water for Health, for Healing, for Life: You're not Sick, You're Thirsty by Dr. F. Batmanghelidj. 

Remember, you can get water from food sources as well. Foods including, but not limited to, watermelon, cucumbers, celery, and cabbage have high contents of water. Your body, skin, and hair NEED that. 

As with most people, my hair and skin care practices are different this time of year. For my skin, I use butters and oils while I'm still in the shower or just after---before drying off. Most of the time skin tends to lock in moisture if oils and butters are applied while the skin is still damp. If I'm showering at night, I apply something lighter, like olive oil. If I choose to shower in the morning, before facing the weather, I'll use something heavier like shea butter or coconut oil. My skin is baby's bottom soft ALL day!!!!

I shampoo my hair less frequently and my conditioner is a little heavier and is used more often. Conditioners for me don't necessarily always come from a hair care line. Right now, to pre-condition (pre-poo), I mix about 1/2 cup of plain greek yogurt with 2 tbsps of virgin coconut oil and 1 tbsp of honey. I cover it with a processing/plastic cap and leave it on for about 30-45 minutes. Rinse thoroughly, then I follow up with shampoo and conditioner. My hair is extremely soft and conditioned from the extra protein in the greek yogurt, the high content of fat in the coconut oil, and the humectant (attracts moisture) properties of the honey. Sometimes I even use it as a regular conditioner, but I wouldn't recommend using it like that for fine hair. When styling, I apply a mixture of castor oil and my CURRENT favorite styling products to do my two strand twists (which remain in for about two weeks at a time). At the moment, my favorite stylers are Cantu Shea Butter, and Qhemet Biologics Amla & Olive Heavy Cream. Both are applied to sopping wet hair to control the product and keep my hair from having the extra build-up. My Terrific Trio: Giovanni's Smooth as Silk Deep Moisture Shampoo, Deeper Moisture Conditioner and their Vitapro Fusion Protective Moisture Leave-in Hair Treatment...Ah! I Love this stuff!

A combination of all of the aforementioned is what keeps my hair and skin thriving during the cooler seasons. 

What about you?


  1. Girl you look fab!!!! Great picture and the hair of yours.Hope to get there in few years!
    My fall regimen:(1x month)
    Pre-po with my own mix of olive and almond oil
    Henna (4 hours)
    Shampoo GVN Smoth as Silk
    Conditione-rinse (10 min)with Hairveda Moist Condition 24.7
    Deep condition with Hairveda Methi Sativa Protein Set (step 2 mixed with honey)
    Leave-in Hairveda whipped cream ends Hydration
    Seal moisture with Hairveda Co-Costa Oil
    Twist hair (re-twist after 2 weeks without washing routine)

    I apply bit of the Co-Costa oil every day on my twist as it softens my hair and scalp and spray my hair with very 2nd or 3rd day with Hairveda Hydra Silica Hair Nourishing Tea mist.

  2. Do you wear your hair out at all during winter days?

  3. Thanks for posting your routine, and for the compliment!!! I wear my hair out only a little during the winter.

  4. This will be my first full cold weather season with natural hair. I am trying to find ways to keep my hair up in this frigid unpredictable Wisconsin weather. I tried twist, but they do not look right in my hair. It may be that my hair is just not long enough for that yet, or because my hair has at least 3 different textures...
    I have been using a Greek yogurt mixture once a week for 3 weeks now. It leaves my hair really soft and moisturized.

  5. I didn't wear twists until I had about a year's worth of growth. At that time, they only looked decent when they were small.

  6. Hi, Do u use a leave in with the amla and heavy creme? This is a oil based product right and u use it on wet hair?
    So does ur hair shrink a lot if u used it on wet hair?

  7. Yes, I use the leave-in mentioned above, sparingly, once my hair is cleansed. The cream is water and oil based, and is pretty
    heavy. My hair does shrink, but I don't mind...especially because it's so long now. It just shrinks up to my shoulders, and I'm good with that.

  8. Do u use the GV deeper moisture condish as a leave in too?
    Do u mix the amla and heavy creme with castor oil or is that too much?

  9. If I'm spraying on leave-in, I rinse the cream conditioner out completely. Also, I don't use castor oil when using the heavy cream, but I will with the Cantu Shea Butter.

  10. Thanks for replying. U and ur hair are very beautiful. Do u use jamaican black castor oil?
    Sorry for all my questions.

  11. Aww Thanks!!!...and I don't mind questions! I haven't tried Jamaican Black Castor oil yet...but I've been eyeballing it though. :-)

  12. I live in GA too! I LOVE LOVE your hair!!! Maybe one day we can meet up and talk hair together. :)

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