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Having curly hair has been something I’ve grown to love over the last few years. If you asked me ten years ago about my hair, I would have preferred a flat iron because that was easy for me. You could say that I’ve come a long way since then. From doing no heat challenges to dreading the idea of having to sit and blow dry my hair to get it straight, I’ve grown to love my curly hair.
My curly hair journey has been quite the journey – from not knowing what products to put in my hair to a terrible dye job that fried my curls, I have had my hair struggles.
But, the brand I’ve always turned to is SheaMoisture. When I first decided that I wanted to wear my curls in all their glory, I walked up and down the ethnic aisle to figure out what was best for me. I’m the oldest of four, so I didn’t have a big sister to turn to for hair advice or suggestions. And, I didn’t have too many friends that had jumped on the hair transformation journey. It’s an overwhelming aisle, and picked out SheaMoisture from all the other products that lined the shelves. The packaging and the ingredients stood out to me as I wanted to take a journey where the product wouldn’t overwhelm my hair.
SheaMoisture came in handy in 2016 when my old hairdresser dyed my hair blonde.
I’m talking platinum blonde, I felt like a lion. Some people can do blonde and then there’s me. I can’t do blonde.
Anyways, my hair was done. I’m talking when it was wet, and it was absorbing water like a sponge because of the porosity. I had to dye it back dark and not put any heat on it which was hard. As someone in the corporate world, I had yet to take on wearing my curly hair to work all the time. This all changed once I went back dark. I didn’t put any heat on my hair, and I stocked up on SheaMoisture. A variety of their products aided in helping my hair recover. With my hair fully recovered, I can say I’m an advocate and a massive fan of SheaMoisture products.
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I’ve been devoted to SheaMoisture’s Coconut and Hibiscus line – the shampoo and conditioner were the first products that I invested my money in to try to tame this hair. The one that that has kept me coming back is the smell. I’ve always felt like I smell like a cupcake which I love! And, I’ve received so many compliments on the smell of my hair as crazy as that may sound.
Now, winter has been harsh. From the wind smacking us in the face to tons of snow ruining plans. It has not been a great winter, and it can affect your hair. I didn’t believe it, at first. But, I quickly notice when my hair is slacking, and my routine hasn’t changed — it’s the cold, winter air/weather. That’s why I had to come up with a routine. I needed my hair to thrive at all times. I didn’t want to torment it which meant applying a seasonal method.
So, I want to share some tips on how I put together my winter hair routine.
Find the right products for your hair type
The one thing I have learned on my hair journey is that you need products that aren’t going to be harsh on your hair. With the winter rearing, it’s ugly self with wind chills and winter storms; you want to find products that are going to moisturize and protect your curls.
With SheaMoisture products, you get natural, yet effective ingredients – “good for you” ingredients. When I buy a product, I want it to beat my frizz and moisturize my locks. I don’t want to have dry, dull hair and I find that when you get hooked to the right product, your hair looks fantastic. I’m big on avoiding products with sulfates as those dry my hair out, and that is what I want to get away from when it’s cold outside.
My hair is curly and very thick – which is why I have turned to the SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Shampoo and SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Conditioner. Both products aid me in cleaning and enhancing my curls. I like that Coconut Oil and Neem Oil are used in this pairing as my hair benefits from the frizz control and hydration. My every day go-to is the SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk works excellent for me. It provides curl control and detangles, so my curls don’t get stuck together. I love that Silk Protein is included in the ingredients as it makes my hair feel soft, and my curls shine.
When it comes to my hair, I’m huge on safe products that aren’t going to dull my curls.
Let your hair air-dry the night before
During the winter months, I try to avoid heat because my hair is already fragile and dull, I don’t want to pack on more. Within my night time routine, I’ve found that letting my hair air-dry has worked out well for me. There are some people that it doesn’t work for and I get that because things like diffusing don’t work for me. When I air-dry, I make sure that my SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie is on hand. That is what I like to add to my hair after my shower. The consistency is thick, and it smells sweet. I can count on it to condition my hair after my shower and restore the moisture that I am missing out. Once I have that combed through my hair (finger comb or a wide-tooth comb, your preference!), I allow my hair to dry on its own.
Deep condition weekly
I stated it above, but I’m big on deep conditioning. In the winter, I have upped it to twice a week at times because Ohio weather is all over the place and you have no idea what you’re going to get. This is a big step as it restores moisture and brings my curls to life. Lately, I’ve turned to the SheaMoisture deep conditioners as there is a variety. The SheaMoisture Coconut and Hibiscus Hair Masque is a hair favorite of mine. After a few hair catastrophes, I relied on hair masques. They replenish my hair which is what all curls need. I don’t know if they can fix the damage, but I did not have to chop out the damaged curls which was what I was aiming for. A deep condition can take you a long way. Your hair will thank you for it by prospering.
Pineapple at night
After my shower and applying product, I turn to the pineapple method. Basically, I pile my curls on the top of my head so that I don’t flatten them while I sleep. I’m not sure of the real reasoning behind this method, but my reasoning works for me. I think a lot of people utilize this method especially when they want to have day two through five curls. When you pineapple your hair, you keep the curls intact. This is what you want to aim for in the winter, so you don’t have to keep wetting it. It takes some getting used to when you first try it out. Trying to get all your curls up on top of your head is the challenge. But, try it out. It might work for you, or your bonnet might work for you. Just be gentle on your curls. Pineappling, a bonnet, silk scarf, or silk pillowcase can help you out a lot.
Trim the ends
If there is one thing you can do to help your hair out, it is trimming your ends. Your hair reaps the benefits when you trim off what is no longer needed. I find that when I trim my hair, it grows faster and looks good. With curly hair, you can tell when a trim is required because the ends are frazzled and frizzy. By trimming your hair, you can avoid all of that. When I cut my hair, I give it some extra love by utilizing my SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk. My ends drink it up, and it helps improve the look of my curly ends. Many people don’t like to trim their hair, and that’s okay. For me, I find that it makes my hair look better. For some reason, my bad ends lead to frizzy ends. A quick trim reduces that frizz and improves how my hair looks.
You have to do what is best for your hair.
My top recommendation is to invest in your hair. Invest in products that are going to do your right. Don’t buy something because everyone else is buying it. You should do your research and make sure that you are treating your hair right.
The one thing I like about SheaMoisture products is that they have different lines for multiple situations. The products are made to provide benefits designed to speak to a certain need state, i.e., hydrating for dry, over-processed hair. If your hair is going through it, you can find a line for it.
This winter, don’t let the harsh conditions get your hair down. Do right by your hair.
Have you tried SheaMoisture products? What is your winter hair routine?