Harmattan Hair Care Tips
Harmattan is here! As you know, it’s not the best time to expose your natural hair because of the humidity.
Due to the extreme dryness of this season, the moisture of the hair is lost constantly. This leads to hair dryness and brittleness, making hair breakage a very common occurrence.
The goal during this season is to maintain hair moisture and prevent dryness as much as possible.
Here are some helpful tips that would help you keep your hair in good shape during the harmattan.
Staying away from shampoos as much as possible during the harmattan season is best for your hair. A good alternative is co-washing because shampooing the hair dries it out quicker.
Co-washing is the use of only a conditioner on the hair which helps retain moisture and will still give a clean hair. It is advisable to co-wash with warm water during the season.
2. Deep Condition Regularly
Deep condition your hair often, which could be daily, every other day, or even weekly to lock in moisture and strengthen the hair. The harmattan season can also make the hair look dry and dull, and so moisturizing should be done daily to add shine and reduce dryness.
3. Increase Water Intake
Water is good for the body. Everyone is encouraged to 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 during the intense dryness of harmattan to keep your hair moisturized.
There are a couple of hair mayonnaises that are perfect for steaming the hair. A home mayonnaise can be made and helps retain moisture in the scalp.
5. 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.
6. Invest in Protective Hairstyles
The importance of protective styles during this seasoncannot be overemphasized. They help protect ends which are the oldest and most fragile part of the hair, from breakage allowing the hair to grow and stay healthy. There are the usual styles like box braids, Marley and Senegalese Twists, cornrows and even wigs.
7. Massage Your Scalp With Oil
Massaging your hair and scalp with oil prevents your hair from drying out which in turn encourages hair growth.