Dry winter months are harsh on Natural hair. We have to stay on top of moisturizing to make sure our hair doesn't suffer. Here are some tips to help:
1) Drink plenty of water. Water helps keep skin and scalp supple and moisturized from the inside.
2) Use a heavier oil. Your oil usage should change when the seasons change. Coconut oil works great during warmer months, however, you might need to switch to something heavier in winter. Try these oils if lighter ones aren't working: Argan, Shea Butter, Mango Butter, Jamaican Black Castor Oil or Olive Oil. See my video below on how to properly apply oil to your scalp.
3) Use Steam. Allow your hair to soak in the moisture in the air as much as possible using steam from the humidifier, tea kettle, or shower then seal in moisture with the above oils.
4) Take vitamins. Another excellent tool for combating dry scalp is Fish oil. This vitamin helps to make skin and hair more moisturized and vibrant.
5) Deep Condition. This is a step that I used to skip to save time. But using a good deep conditioner will help your hair retain oil and stay moisturized longer in between washes.
Here is a list of oils** that are known for moisturizing dry scalp: Coconut, Jamaican Black Castor, Olive, Shea Butter, Mango Butter, Argan, Jojoba, Chamomile, Peppermint, Tea Tree, Pomegranate, Avocado, Carrot Seed, Lavender and Rosemary.
**Some of these oils need to be mixed with a carrier oil for balance.
Do your research and find the right oil for your scalp. It may seem overwhelming at first, but your scalp will thank you once you find the perfect oil to make it feel healthy in winter! Trial and error leads to healthy hair! Don't give up. Winter will be over soon enough!