|18| "It's T"Hat" Time of Year, Again..." :)

Friday, 12.2.11...

Not only is December my FAVE-EST time of year (the birth of Jesus, the month I entered the world, holiday decorations, and overall feelings/acts of JOY & kindness people exude, albeit, one month out of the year! (LOL)), but December also brings an element of life I don’t much have an appreciation for…COLD!!!!!!!  As I’ve learned during this relationship with my coily coiff, with the cold comes the need for more TLC.  Now that I find myself back in the Midwest, where the winters are a weeeee bit more harsh than the East Coast from whence I just moved from, it's t”hat” time of year again to break out some ULTRA protection…
My HATS...CROCHETED hats...better yet, crocheted hats I've made MYSELF!!!  HAPPY-JOOOOOOY!!!   (can you tell I'm excited!?!  J)

Not only am I excited about allowing my hair to REALLY rest in the effort of protecting and preserving it, but I'm excited to get back into my crocheting mode and showing off the creations made with my very own hands!  What better way to reward the hair I nurture with made-from-scratch natural hair concoctions, than "topping it off" with a home-made accessory!? J  Though, I'm really not a fan of cold weather, (actually, I HATE Winter), wearing my hats makes it a bit more bearable.

Additionally, along with adding my hat accessory to help with combating the harshness cold weather can inflict on my afro-textured hair, here are some steps I take during my hair routine to help my coils and me contently get through these months of less-than-desire temperatures:

1)  Continue rockin’ my protective hair styles and manipulating it less (code for “keeping my fingers out of my hair”!!).  So, you all should know by now, I primarily wear my hair in the "two-strand twist" protective style for a couple of reasons.  First, because my hair type is pretty "fragile" due to its coily & dry nature, so the less I handle it, the more likely I will help keep my hair strands strong & healthy.  Secondly, the style helps in retaining the length I'm working so hard to attain.

2)    Moisturize, moisturize, and more moisturizing!  I will switch the time of day I use my “spray” and “creamy” moisturizers.  During the summer, I use the “spray” (primary ingredients include water and other humectants) in the AM and at night, will supplement the moisturizing as needed throughout the week with my “creamy” moisturizer (made primarily with a leave-in conditioner and oils).  For the winter, I will switch it up and mainly use the “creamy” moisturizer, and only use the “spray” at night as I’m prepping for bed and after my weekly co-washes.  Walking out of the house with wet hair in the cold?!  Uuuuum, yeah…not cool!!  LOL  So, yes, the “creamy” moisturizer will be my BEST friend this winter!

3)   Do more deep conditioning.  In addition to the heat that keeps the house warm, cold air will also pull moisture out of my hair.  During the summer months I gravitated to doing LESS deep conditioning (cut down from every week to every 2-4 weeks) and more co-washing because I attributed my stalled hair growth/breakage earlier in the year to possibly adding too much protein to my hair.  However, over the past few months, I have adjusted my cleansing, conditioning, & moisturizing routine and think I have created a balance in the products I am adding to my hair.  With that, after co-washing/shampooing, I now feel more confident in doing more deep conditioning to help in strengthening my hair cuticles and restoring the moisture they will crave during these colder months.

4)     Wearing a satin or silk scarf under my hats.  This will help in preventing the wool or polyester in the yarn the hats are made with from pulling at/snagging my hair strands and absorbing all the moisture/oils I’m adding to my hair daily.

So there you have it…a glimpse of my winterized natural hair routine.  Always keep in mind, all natural, afro-textured hair is not created equally.  It’s a constant transition and learning experience, so it’s important to remain mentally malleable at all times in the effort of reaching your specific hair goals.  It’s a relationship of challenge, but a relationship I’m happy to partner with and to that, I say…


Afro-Texturally Speaking…


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