Get Your Hair Through The Winter Season

By . - Thursday, April 25, 2013

It's officially autumn in South Africa, and it's time to get ready for winter. Just as you would start rearranging your wardrobe to make room for winter clothing, it's also time to rearrange your hair regimen. The cold whipping winds can wreak serious havoc on those precious hair strands of yours, causing brittle and dry hair that breaks. I'm going to give you a few methods and treatments to add to your hair regimens so that your hair stays on the top of your head.

The Greenhouse Effect Method

The Greenhouse Effect Method is a growth and moisturizing technique that involves using a plastic cap on the hair after the scalp has been oiled and massaged and the hair has been oiled.
  • Oil the scalp with a growth serum or natural oil such as castor oil
  • Massage the scalp for a few minutes to increase blood flow
  • Apply serum or oil to the length of the hair paying special attention to the ends of the hair
  • Cover the hair with a plastic cap
  • Cover the plastic cap with a scarf or wool hat
  • Remove after a few hours 
The Greenhouse Effect Method can increase moisture retention, length retention and in some cases increase growth.

Hot Oil Treatments

What You Will Need:

  • Oil blend
  • Hot Water
  • Towel
  • Plastic Shower Cap or Plastic Cling Wrap or Plastic Bag

How To Apply Your Hot Oil Treatment

  1. Put your oil in a heat safe plastic bottle or glass container
  2. Place the container in a pot of very hot water for a minute or two
  3. Apply oil to scalp, roots and length of hair
  4. Massage oil into your scalp for about five minutes
  5. Cover hair with a plastic cap
  6. Dip towel in hot water to make it hot. Ring out the excess water and wrap towel around your head.
  7. Allow the oil to sit on your hair for at least 30 minutes and up to overnight
Warming the oil and towel will allow the hair follicle to open up so that the oils can soak in all the goodness. It's ok if your towel doesn't stay warm for very long, the oils will soak me! Rinse the oil out of your hair in the shower and follow-up with a shampoo or conditioner. The end result should be soft and shiny hair. Not to mention whatever specific benefit the oil you chose has.

Coconut Oil: It stimulates hair growth, softens the hair and conditions the scalp. It also can also help eliminate dandruff!

Olive Oil: Olive oil is high in the antioxidants Vitamins A and E providing anti-aging properties and it has disinfectant properties, is moisturizing, soothing and healing.

Castor Oil: Adds strength to your hair, so those of you with thin hair that breaks easily, think about using castor oil in your hot oil hair pack.

Almond Oil: It helps condition, nourish, and soften hair while stimulating hair growth!

Jojoba Oil: It leaves your hair soft and light, without weighing it down.

May I Mix Several Oils Together?

Absolutely! Mix until you find your perfect oil blend. If you suffer from a dry and flaky scalp, you may want to mix coconut and castor oil together in a jar and put it away for those hectic flaky weeks. Do you want to thicken your hair and possibly boost hair growth? Mix almond and castor oil together and go wild.


You hair does not need to be drenched in oil, so don't worry about going broke behind this.
You can do these treatments weekly if you want and have time.
Keep track of how certain oils make your hair look and feel, so that you can find a perfect oil blend.

The L.O.C Method

L – Liquid
O – Oil
C – Crème

Good old moisturizing and sealing is just not cutting it for a good number of kinky, curly and wavy people out there. The L.O.C. Method is a fairly new way of locking moisture into the hair for a longer period of time. You basically apply a liquid to the hair first and seal it in with a natural oil of your choice. The new step is sealing the oil in with a water based moisturizing crème to keep the hair soft and moist for longer period of time.

What liquid should I use?

The best moisturizing liquid to use on the hair is water. Nothing beats good old H2O! Using plain old water means that you can start The L.O.C. Method straight after washing and conditioning your hair. If you’re not someone who washes or co-washes their hair several times a week, you may decide to use a braid spray or a water based liquid leave in conditioner as your liquid option.

What oil is best to seal the liquid in?

You can go right ahead and use the same oils you’ve been using to seal in your moisture in the past. My favorites are still coconut oil, castor oil and extra virgin olive oil. Whatever you use, be sure it’s a natural oil that is able to penetrate the hair shaft in order to nourish the hair.

What sort of crème based moisturizer should be used?

I’m a big fan of water based crème moisturizers. I use quite a few in my regimen. Here are a list of my favorites.
  • JO’M Moisturiser Cream (Available in SA at CLICKS)
  • JO’M Dreadlocks Oil Cream (Available in SA at CLICKS)
  • Organics by Africa’s Best Carrot Oil Cream (Available in SA at DisChem)
  • PROFECTIVE Mega Growth Anti-Breakage Strengthener Crème (Available in SA at DisChem)
  • ORS HAIRepair Anti-Breakage Crème (Available in SA at CLICKS)
  • ORS HAIRepair Intense Moisture Crème (Available in SA at CLICKS)
  • ORS Hair Fertilizer (Available in SA at CLICKS)
Adding one or all of these tips to your winter hair regimen can make all of the difference this season.

Are you changing your hair regimen for winter? If so, let us know in the comment section below

Have a Good Hair Day & remember to Love Your Hair!!!

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  1. I read somewhere that you have to apply the moisturiser before the oil because the oil locks all the moisture in,apparently,if you apply the other way around it just makes your hair greasy because the cream just sits on your hair and doesn't absorb into the hair shaft. I don't know if it's true. Also,i'm think of putting in a afro weave for winter to let my hair rest,is there a regimen i can follow?


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