My Natural Hair Regimen: Winter 2016 – 17

My Natural Hair Regimen: Winter 2016 – 17

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

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?



  1. Ms. Beatrice
    December 7, 2016 / 8:55 pm

    Hi, I am a grand & great grandmother of a few girls, different ages.. we love the hair style u had in the summer 2016. How did u do that, their hair is long and thick. Do u have anything for acne? A couple has a very bad case of it. We have tried a lot of things..

    Thank you

    • Ashley Glenn
      December 7, 2016 / 11:01 pm

      Hi Ms. Beatrice,

      Thank you so much! I achieved that hairstyle by styling my hair in a twist-out on stretched hair. I applied leave-in conditioner and used perm rods at the ends of my hair.

      Soon, I will post an updated skin care regimen that will address acne prone skin. I’m not too sure of the ages of your girls, but it may be best to schedule an appointment with the dermatologist to see what is causing their acne. Are they going through puberty?


    • Designer2014
      December 29, 2016 / 12:13 am

      Hello Ashley!

      Came across your blog, literally 2days ago, because I have been looking for products without shea butter. Just to let you know I purchased two items, Carol’s Daughter, Hair Balm and DevaCurl, B’Leave-In. I just wanted to let you know that Carol’s Daughter Hair Balm has shea butter in its ingredients. It is listed as butyrospermum parkii (shea butter) about number 9 on its list of ingredients. The DevaCurl was sucked up by my hair, non greasy and definitely adds to curl pattern. I will let you know outcome, as it is my first day using it not sure what to expect until a few more days usage.

  2. Annette Hare
    January 12, 2017 / 9:17 am

    Hello Ashley I been natural for 4yrs my hair have grown but it’s not as healthy as I want it to be very dry I do use a leave in conditioner and my oils I just use Argon oil olive oil I also had to stop the coconut oil it had my hair feeling like hard I do have shedding bad sometimes I also want to know what are some good products I can use I think one of my problem is I don’t shampoo my hair enough how often should I do so

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