Textured hair specialist and educator Natalya Moosa of The Organic Afro shares some tops tips to help clients care for their hair during the colder months
Founder of The Organic Afro, textured hair specialist and educator Natalya Moosa discusses everything from styling to staple products, to keep strands strong and really lock in the moisture when the seasons change:
“The change in weather means a change in our haircare routines, we need to provide our tresses with a little more tender care to survive and thrive through winter. For your curly and coiled clients in particular, a little bit of extra love goes a long way to care for their textured hair.
Many textured hair clients will inevitably sway towards styles with extensions. However, while they will look cute for that Christmas do, styles with extensions should not be left in place in the long run as they may cause damage. Scalp care and ends care are still important parts of your routine, even with extensions styles, so encourage washing and using oil in their routines.
- Simple plaits, Dutch braids and two-strand twists will do the trick to tuck away ends and keep hair protected from the elements.
- Maintaining a weekly or fortnightly rotation can really help, plus these styles look great under winter accessories like cute beanies, hats, and scarves.
- Silk scarves are an ideal choice to keep moisture in, preserve styles and they fit nicely under beanies and hats.
As with a lot of my textured hair clients, it helps to pause the use of coconut oil and finishing oils for the colder weather, this can make a real difference to overall moisturisation and feel of the hair.
Jojoba and grape seed oil have excellent properties without the ‘crunch’ that coconut oil might give; if your client loves coconut oil, refined coconut oil will work but their hair will miss out on some of the goodness the unrefined oil provides.
Keeping up with the rotation of strengthening and moisturising treatments is a good idea to keep hair balanced and able to withstand frosty spells.
Scalps might also need a little more attention, if they’re being covered up or in styles with extensions, recommend that your clients opt for clarifying shampoos and scalp oiling treatments in between changing styles.
Small tips and changes like these will ensure your clients maintain the quality of their hair and their locks will look good all winter.”