Well, the frigid temperatures are approaching, which means.... time to change your hair regimen. The cold weather tends to leave tresses feeling drier than normal, so it is important that you adjust your regimen to compensate for the season change.
While attending the Natural Hair All Star Weekend in Dallas, Texas on October 18th - 20th, I was introduced to the NEW Cantu Shea Butter Line for Natural Hair. So, like most product junkies, I immediately began using after arriving back home. And the results are phenomenal. Because I opted for defined curls (all the time), my regimen called for me to wet my hair every morning and apply gel and/or curl boosting jelly of sorts. This left my hair feeling dry and it lacked moisture. But, coming upon colder weather, it is not adviseable to continue wetting hair every morning. Knowing this, I decided to try the Cantu Line and have since fell in love!!!
Coconut Curling Cream. I swapped my morning "re-wetting" ritual for the simple application of the Cantu Coconut Curling Cream. Now, the cons to using this is that I find I really have to work this product in. Okay, not that big of a deal, BUT over the course of a few days, I will begin to feel a residue (but that is with reapplying every morning). That is acceptable considering the moisture that is replenished in my hair. Even on "wash night", I have noticed that after shampooing, my hair is so soft and still has moisture versus feeling stripped.
Deep Treatment Masque. This masque is amazing. It softens, conditions and smooths the strands. I normally use Redken Extreme as a deep conditioner for my texture of hair and have used it for years, but can see alternating between the deep conditioners because each provide different AND key components to keeping my hair healthy.
Leave In Conditioning Repair Cream. Leave in conditioner is imperative to a natural hair regimen. And finding one that works with your hair texture and provides the proper amount of moisture is equally important, as it sets the stage for styling. I found that this leave in is creamy but does not leave a white film, which has been an issue in the past. I can say it is a top recommended leave in in my book.
Creamy Hair Lotion. I use this product at night before going to bed. I have always recommended to clients that they moisturize before bed to replenish the moisture lost throughout the day from environment, weather, ect. So, two thumbs up on this!
Here is a standard cold weather regimen:
Shampoo once a week or every other week (depending on texture of hair) with Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo w/ Sea Kelp & Argan. Deep condition with Cantu Deep Treatment Masque or one that works on your hair. After rinsing, follow with Leave In Conditioning Repair Cream. For curly textures, apply Coconut curling cream and after it has dried mostly, seal with Musical Manes Shea Spray ( http://www.delasoulsister.com) or your essential oils of choice.