Back to the basics! I decided to color my hair back to dark brown and get ready for a healthy natural hair journey this winter. I adjusted my regimen to grow healthy hair. Check out the adjustments:
Oiling My Scalp
Oiling my scalp is necessary in the winter. My scalp is so dry! I will use a light oil to give myself daily scalp massages to keep my scalp moisturized and to promote blood circulation. This can promote healthy hair growth. It also relaxes me from a long day and I notice my stress levels reduce after my scalp massages.
Black Tea Rinses
When I lightened my hair in the spring, I stopped doing the tea rinses. When adding tea rinses to your regimen, there is a possibility that it will darken the hair. That was the last thing I wanted for my hair color. Now that my hair is dark, I will add black tea rinses to my regimen 1-2 a month to promote hair growth and to reduce any shedding.
Protective styling was one of the main reasons I decided to color my hair dark brown again. I plan to incorporate more protective styling in my regimen. I will install box braids and marley twists in my hair throughout the season. It can be difficult to search for hair that matches your color treated hair. This will make it easier for me.
I will continue to use the same cleansing and conditioning regimen from the summer. For moisture retention, I will use the same TGIN products (Green Tea Super Moist Leave In Conditioner and Butter Cream Daily Moisturizer). However, I will add a little Shea butter to help with sealing moisture for the colder months. I have a few beanies prepared to tuck my hair away from environmental factors (harsh winds, debris, snow, rain, etc.).
One thing that has changed in my regimen is that I do not use coconut oil on my hair anymore. This literally crushed my soul when I learned my curls no longer enjoyed coconut oil. It left my hair dry and brittle. Instead, I use olive oil on my curls and they are in love!
I’ll post an update on my winter regimen with results. Have you started your winter natural hair regimen? How has it changed due to the cold weather?