The entrance of cooler weather into certain parts of the world can mean drier hair for many naturals. However, you can be prepared and avoid parched strands with these five must-haves for the fall:
1. Moisture-rich conditioner
Some of the conditioners you used in warmer months are probably not as effective in these cooler months. To reduce dryness this fall, purchase a moisture-rich conditioner, which will contain a combination of oils, humectants, and fatty alcohols among other ingredients. Another option is to increase the moisture level of your current conditioner by adding humectants (such as honey or glycerin) and/or oils (such as olive, coconut, castor, or avocado). Some naturals may also like to add butters (such as shea, murumuru, or cupuacu).
2. Effective moisturizing method
During the summer, your hair probably faired just fine with water-based moisturizers and no sealant or the use of humectants mixed with water alone. However, this fall, do not be surprised if your hair requires the “moisturize and seal” method, which involves applying an oil or even a butter after moisturizing your hair in order to really lock in that moisture. Is this method not sufficient to combat your dryness? Then you may want to try the L.O.C. method of moisturizing (i.e., apply a liquid, then an oil, then a cream or butter), which was created by a long-time natural named Chicoro. Some naturals have benefited more from this method than the usual moisturize and seal.
3. Heavy sealant
While light oils or moisturizers may have worked for you during the warmer months, they may not work as well for you now. Switch to a heavier oil (e.g., olive, avocado, or castor) or a thick butter (e.g., shea or cupuacu) to lock in that moisture during these cooler, drier months. Some naturals prefer to mix butters and oils together to create a more effective sealant.
4. A thick satin scarf or bonnet
You may have gotten away with sleeping with your hair uncovered and on a cotton pillow this summer, but this fall? You probably won’t. Get a thick satin scarf or bonnet to reduce moisture loss from your hair as you sleep. Do you want to increase your moisture retention even more? Switch to a satin pillowcase in addition to covering your hair with a scarf or bonnet. Additionally, you can wear the satin scarf or bonnet under your beanie, head wrap, or winter hat (when the winter arrives).
5. A humidifier
This isn’t necessarily a must have for most naturals, but it is for those with extremely parched hair in the cooler months. The indoors tend to be much drier during the fall, but a humidifier can mitigate that and help to restore moisture to your hair.