Here we go again! Another chance to have 365 days of great hair moments. Another chance for us to get our hair routine right. And of course, another brutal winter is here. I am already feeling the dryness. My scalp is already caking. And the need to moisturize my hair twice a day is inevitable. I am not big on new year's resolutions, but I have set some goals for my hair this year. One of them is to properly moisturize my hair. By that I mean spraying my hair with water and let the water lift the cuticle layers of the hair before adding any cream or oil to it. I remember oiling my ends a lot in the beginning of my hair journey, thinking that oil only could moisturize my hair. Little did I know that the oil was actually coating my hair. I hope I get it right this year.
After I washed my hair last Monday, I could not understand what was happening to my scalp the next day and the day after that. My scalp felt so dry. I found myself oiling my scalp and moisturizing my hair at least twice a day last week. Today, I did something different. I went straight to co-washing. I used Tresemme Moisture Rich conditioner for the first round. Then, I added a generous amount of Alberto Vo5 Kiwi and Lime clarifying conditioner to my hair and washed it some more. I deep conditioned using Aussie Moist 3 Minute Miracle deep conditioner. I added Cantu Argan oil leave-in cream and steamed the hair before adding oil to seal the moisture.
- Washing my hair as needed: I find myself washing my hair less often during the winter months. Number one is because I get lazy. And number two is because I sweat less and don't really feel the need to do it.
- Adding honey to my deep conditioner and deep condition with heat: I learned that if I want my hair to stay moisturized longer, I have to make sure the moisture get into the hair. And using heat is the best way to achieve that. Honey works well on my hair when it's cold outside. I will make an effort to use it more this winter.
- Using a hair steamer after adding my leave-ins: Before I add any kind of oil to my hair, I need to commit to using a hair steamer to help the moisturizer get into each strand. Because I have low porosity hair, Some moisturizing creams just seat on top of my strands until they dry out.
- Trimming my dry ends: Holding on to my dry ends during the winter is the worse thing I can do to my hair. I made that mistake last year, but I will not do it again. If my ends don't curl up, or look straight after I wash my hair, I want to get rid of them right away.
- Oiling and massaging my scalp: The only thing worse than dry ends is a dry scalp. I know that, but I failed to oil and massage my scalp as often as I should last year. I also know that dry scalp can lead to shedding, dandruff, and slow growth. Mixing a few drops of tea tree oil and peppermint oil with a few teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil did the trick for me last year, but I failed to keep up with my routine.