By Rosalyn O
Harmattan is here with its extreme temperatures accompanied by dusty dry winds. Whether you have natural hair, dreadlocks or relaxed hair, this is the season to take extra good care of your hair. We have come thus far with our hair this year. Some of us are reaching our hair goal length while some of us have actually stepped up pampering our hair this year making our hair healthier. Should we allow HARMATTAN spoil our groove? No, we shouldn’t. Here are some tips to prevent harmattan from breaking and damaging your hair:
To keep your hair moisturized use a moisturising shampoo and conditioner by all means. Stay away from clarifying shampoos, harsh shampoos and shampoos that contain sulphate.
- Pre-shampoo treatments: A pre-shampoo treatment is applied to the hair then left for a period of time before shampooing out. You can pre-shampoo with honey, olive oil, coconut oil, castor oil, avocado oil, hot oil treatments, hair mask, and homemade blends. This will help retain moisture and add a brilliant healthy shine to your hair. More importantly, it reduces protein loss in hair. It will nourish, condition and strengthen your hair protecting it from the drying effect the harmattan weather has on hair and skin hence preventing drying of the hair shaft.
- Protein Treatments: Protein is what gives your hair its strength and structure. Proteins bind to the hair cuticle and help temporarily rebuild any weakened areas. Protein based products reinforce the hair shaft, and help it remain strong enough to fight breakage. Easy homemade protein treatment you can try on your hair is a mixture of olive oil, mayonnaise, honey and egg.
- Aloe Vera Juice Spritz: This is the perfect time to get a spray bottle at home and make a moisturising hair spritz using aloe vera, water and some natural oils. Aloe vera softens and moisturizes the hair. It also has anti-bacterial properties. It is very effective as it can penetrate all three layers of skin. Your bottle can contain a mix of water, aloe vera juice, castor oil, coconut oil and olive oil or glycerine. You don’t have to spritz every morning. Observe what your hair likes so you know what oils to add or not add.
- A Season for Hats and Caps: Protect your hair and look stylish doing it. It is time to bring out your hats and caps or time to buy some hats for some of us who don’t have any. As we know, the harmattan season is very dry and dusty. This definitely strips the hair of moisture. Our hair is very fragile and when dry, it is prone to breakage. Don’t lose your hair to this season. Cover your hair with caps, hats and satin scarfs/caps at night. If you are not going to be covering your hair, know it’s going to get dirty faster and you would need to increase your wash days.
- Protective styles are a great option: If you want to wear braided extensions or try on a hair weave or wig this is the time. Tuck your hair away and protect it from the harsh weather. Try a new style for this festive season. You will look beautiful and also be protecting your hair from breakage and dryness.
- Water and Fruits: Remember that, how you treat your body inside reflects on the outside. Drink a lot of water or eat fruits with high water content to stay hydrated. Fruits will replenish nutrients and also boost your immunity from falling ill this season. And interestingly, intake of water and fruits promote fast and healthy hair growth.
I hope these tips are helpful. Kindly let me know more tips that have worked for you this harmattan season in the comments below.