Top 10 Tips To Protect Your Hair This Harmattan
The Harmattan is that dry and dusty northeasterly trade wind which blows from the Sahara Desert over the West Africansubcontinent into the Gulf of Guinea between the end of November and the middle of March. ut this week, we have begun to feel the dusty dry wind already.
We all know that the season is, dry and dusty. It tends to dry out our hair much faster causing it to break and makes it difficult to maintain moisture. This is regardless of whether it is virgin hair or relaxed hair.
Here are my top 10 ways of protecting your hair this dry season.
1. Cleaning/Washing: Stay away from shampoos during harmattan, yes, you heard me, instead cowash. Do not shampoo your hair because it dries it out. Cowash helps retain moisture and will still give you a clean hair. Cowash with warm water because the weather is obviously not nice.
2. Invest In A Spray Bottle: A spray bottle is where you have water – oil – leave in – glycerin/Coconut mixture. Its very essential. You can have a small spray bottle so you take it with you wherever and you can spritz from time to time to re-moisturise your hair.
3. Deep condition your hair regularly: Deep condition your often, this could be daily, every other day, or even 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. Recently, there has been wide usage of coconut oil and shea butter. This can help a lot.
4.Steam Your Hair: There are a couple of hair mayonnaise that are perfect for steaming hair. You can also make your home mayonnaise, this helps retains moisture in the scalp.
5. Protective Hairstyles: the importance of protective styles. They protect your ends, the oldest and most fragile part of your hair, from breakage allowing you hair to grow and stay healthy. There are the usual styles like box braids, Marley and Senegalese Twists, cornrows and even wigs.
6:Increase your water intake: Water is good for the body. Everyone should drink up to 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 will thank you for it.
7. Avoid dust or dusty environment: If you can not then, wrap Your Hair As Often As Possible. 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.
8. Eat more vegetables and fruits that can provide you with the daily vitamins and minerals that you need: Eat three meals a day or five little ones, and keep to a regular healthy eating routine.
10. Mosturize Your hair
– 3 Tablespoons of Honey
– 1 Mashed Avocado
– 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
1. Firstly, wash hair normally and then start with protein treatment.
2. After applying the treatment, cover it with a plastic bag and leave it for one hour. The egg will naturally harden so don’t be alarmed when you find out you can’t run your finger through your hair.
3. Wash your hair, with a little water, then move on to the moisturizing stage.
4. Mix the ingredients for the moisturizing treatment
5. Allow the moisturizing treatment sit on your hair for as long as an hour, depending on how much healing you think your hair may need.
6. After you wash you’ll notice your hair is silky, smooth, moisturized and light.