How to Care for your Hair during Harmattan:Paxo Health & Beauty
Hi guys. Today it’s all about harmattan and our hair. So we all know that the season is, dry and dusty. Cold too. This is not good for our natural hair. It tends to dry out our hair much faster and makes our hair look like straw or feel like sponges. Also it causes breakage and makes it difficult to maintain moisture because of how it dries out our hair so fast. So I’m gonna talk about how to take care of our hair during Harmattan and how to avoid excess breakage in this weather.
Cleaning/Washing: I advise we all stay away from shampoos this period. Cowashing should be your best friend. Do not shampoo hair because it dries it out, instead cowash. Cowash helps retain moisture and will still give you a clean head of hair and still condition it and keep it soft. Cowash with warm water not cold because obviously weather is not nice. So cowash everyone.
Deep Conditioning: This is also important. As long as hair isn’t in any protective style, please and please deep condition once a week. This helps curb breakage and also keeps your hair healthy and away from the dangers of harmattan. You don’t have to do deep conditioning. If you don’t want to use store bought deep conditioners, you can make yours. Here are a few I learnt that are easy and fast.
Aloe DC: Aloe Vera juice helps prevent and reduce breakage. It’s best to use juice straight from the plant. Mix it with your favourite conditioner and olive oil. Mix, massage into hair, wear a shower cap, leave for 30 minutes and rinse out. Afterwards you pat dry and seal hair with your carrier oil, Shea butter or a mixture of both.
Coconut milk DC: You can buy coconut milk (milk not oil). Or you can make yours. Blend the edible part of the coconut with water, separate the chaff from the milky part and keep for a day. The next the milky part would be below and the water on top, pour the water out and use as a DC. Massage into hair, cover and let it sit for maybe an hour then rinse out and seal. Helps reduce drying out of hair and retains moisture.
Conditioner DC: Mix your conditioner with olive or coconut oil and a few drops of an essential oil (peppermint for example). Apply in hair, leave for 30 mins or an hour, rinse, seal and style.
Those are DC methods that help during these periods. And there are more of course.
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