Wintertime is quickly approaching, and its effects are already being felt. Temperatures are dropping, the pumpkin spice lattes are flowing, and the Christmas classics are steadily making their way to the airwaves.
Unfortunately, the effects are not all positive. For many naturals, the cold winter air means dry and brittle hair. If not carefully treated, hair left in this state can become damaged. Fortunately, most naturals today use protective hairstyles to combat dryness during the winter months.
Protective styles aren’t the end all be all for mitigating damage, however. Proper preparation techniques must be established to avoid damaging the hair. That is why your hair has to be prepared well so you can start with a great base. Here’s how to prep your hair for long term protective styling.
Wash Your Hair
This is a no brainer. Of course, you must wash your hair but it’s how you do it that is important. Many naturals have opted out of weekly shampooing in favor of co-washing to avoid stripping their hair of its natural oils. This reasoning makes even more sense during the winter.
While some conditioners do have cleansing properties (some of them contain sulfates) when prepping for a protective style, your best bet for clean hair is shampoo. It removes all of the build-up and gives your hair a clean slate. Shampoo is especially important if you do protein treatments before protective styling. Proteins will adhere better to clean strands.