Well, it's officially winter! I woke up to snow on the ground and all over my car this morning. That means, the heat has been cranking inside, leaving my clients complaining about itchy, dry scalp, dry, limp hair, and tangles galore from scarfs and coats!
As a curly girl, I have been a devoted Ouidad Climate Control Gel user, which is the best frizz fighter out there - especially in heat and humidity! But this year, I started using Ouidad's Tress Fx gel on my curls, and I am blown away by the results!
Tress Fx is designed for finer, looser curls because it is infused with provitamin B5 to plump up the cuticle, add bounce, and lock the hair into place. Even though my curls are more classic and tight, it's the perfect product to use in the dead of winter when hair needs some extra pep in it's step! Granted, it will make your initial Rake and Shake Set a little stiffer - but just use the Clear Control Pomade to finish it at the end to soften the curls. Check out my finishing video here.
The other most important factor to keep your hair healthy in winter is committing to doing Ouidad's Deep Treatment at least once a month - curly or not! It is the best treatment I've found out there that restores your hair with shine, mends split ends, adds body and integrity. It also helps prevent tangles and fly-aways! You can view this post for more details on how to do a treatment at home. Spraying Ouidad's Botanical Boost everyday on your hair (wet or dry) will also minimize tangles, especially at the nape of the head, and help refresh limp curls.
As for your scalp, I highly recommend doing a scalp treatment on your hair before you shampoo. I love my healthy hair oil that I order from Banyan Botanicals, but you could also just use coconut oil or sesame oil (the one sold in the body section of your health food store - not the cooking section;). Massage the oil into your scalp and through the ends of your hair and leave it on for 30 minutes, or over night. Then when you go to shampoo, apply the shampoo to dry hair and then wet it to lather, so that the oil comes out with ease.
Doing an apple cider vinegar rinse on your scalp will deep cleanse it and take out the itchiness. Just pour some ACV in a bowl and dunk your head into it for a few minutes, or pour it into little sub sectioned partings in your hair so as to ensure you completely saturate the scalp. Afterwards, you can do your oil treatment and shampoo and condition as usual.
I also love Ouidad's Water Works clarifying shampoo to deep clean the scalp once a week or biweekly. AVEDA's men's exfoliating shampoo is also really amazing to help slough off dead skin cells. For a little extra healing nourishment, try Ouidad's nourishing shampoo.
But most importantly, make sure you're eating a winter pacifying diet which includes, ghee, coconut oil, sesame oil, wild caught salmon, oatmeal with flax seed oil, nourishing and warming soups and stews (like this recipe), or brown rice cooked in oil, etc. Our scalp is a reflection of what's going on in our stomachs, so when we moisturize it from within, our scalps will be healthy! Taking a daily probiotic will also keep the bacteria in your gut balanced, otherwise candida can emerge in your body and be seen on your skin and scalp. I can help with your inner beauty by doing a diet design for you if you'd like! Contact me for details.
I hope these tips will help your curls fight the winter weather!