As the harmattan season approaches, the weather is no fun for our natural hair. The season is often accompanied by dry, dusty and cold weather, so it is important that we give extra care to our general health especially our hair. So whether you have locks or loose natural coily hair, this is the season to take extra good care of your hair.
We all know that the harmattan is dry and dusty. It tends to dry out our hair much faster and causing it to break. It makes it difficult to maintain moisture because of how it dries out our hair so fast.
Here are some tips on how to take care of your hair during harmattan to avoid excess breakage:
Moisturize your hair with a water-based cream or hair lotion (e.g., carrot cream).
Deep condition your hair regularly: Deep condition it weekly to lock in moisture and strengthen the hair. The harmattan season can also make your hair look dry and dull, moisturize daily to add shine and reduce dryness.
Tuck your hair away and protect it from the harsh weather. Natural hair is versatile and you can wear weaves just like anyone else.
Increase your water intake: Water is good for the body. Drink at least 8 glasses of water per day for healthy skin, hair and nails. If you have to take 8 glasses of water when the weather is normal then you certainly have to take more when it is Harmattan. So, drink up! Your hair thank you for it.
Avoid dusty environment: It is almost impossible to avoid dust this period but it’s one of the things you should do to care for your hair. When going out you can wear a hat to prevent dust from settling on your hair.
Hot oil treatment: The heat from the oils (or dryer, depending on your method) opens up the strand cuticles, ensuring penetration of moisture into your hair.
Remember to always moisturise and seal your hair as frequently as possible. Don’t let your hair dry out. Take care of yourself and your hair more as it is vulnerable to infection during this harmattan period.