By Faith Haushona-Kavamba
IT is often said that one’s hair is their crowning glory.
It is the first thing that people notice about you and says a lot about the kind of person you are, especially where women are involved.
Women who can’t help but exercise control in all aspects of their lives will often keep their hair tightly wound up in a bun, with no loose strands visible, while those who are carefree let it loose, unbothered as the wind rummages through their tresses.
Hair is just as essential to completing one’s look as the perfect shoes or top or any other accessory, so one always has to make sure that it is full of life and ties in with the entire look.
While heat is what most people will be after this winter for their body, it is most certainly not what one’s hair needs and should be avoided at all cost.
As skin dries up, becoming ashy and cracked due to the cold, the same is bound to happen to one’s scalp and hair as well.
This is why one finds that hair lacks lustre and its bouncy texture during winter, with more frizz than desired and cringe-worthy split ends.
“People should avoid excessive heat on their hair this winter, this includes hair straighteners and blow drying because it damages hair,” Tattiana Chipito-Paulus said.
Chipito-Paulus recently began her own all-natural hair care business, which entails using everyday products that can be found in one’s kitchen cabinets to treat hair and give it life, as well as help it grow.
“You can never go wrong with natural ingredients, so if you feel that you absolutely have to use excessive heat on your hair, you should deep condition it for an hour before or after using the heater with coconut milk,” she advised.
Another handy trick is to make sure that one’s head is wrapped up, Chipito-Paulus said. This is because most people rarely sweat in winter, which means that the scalp has no moisture and dries out fast. Covering the hair with a scarf, beanie or hat prevents the scalp from drying up.
“I also do not recommend that people braid their hair in cornrows or weaves because it makes it harder to treat the hair and scalp, as opposed to when you have loose strands. One needs to make sure that they have coconut oil, shea oil, jojoba oil and castor oil so as to moisturise one’s hair during winter,” she noted.
If you think your hair is limp and has already lost its vibrancy, Chipito-Paulus advised that a home treatment consisting of avocado, honey, eggs and olive oil, mixed together and left on one’s head for an hour with a plastic cap to help lock in moisture, is guaranteed to take it back to its lively nature.
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