Winter has finally arrived. The temperatures have dropped and the air has become extremely cold and dry. The cold, dry air is harsh and can leave hair very dry and brittle, and we all know that dry hair is very prone to breakage. So how do you keep your hair healthy during the winter season? The secret is keeping your hair moisturized and protected. Here are some tips on how to care for your hair this winter.

1. Deep Condition Your Hair Once A Week

The cold, dry winter air leaves hair very dry. Therefore you should deep condition your hair once a week for 20-30 minutes. Deep conditioning replenishes hair with protein and moisture, which helps to prevent damage. Our Restoring and Strengthening Deep Treatment is the perfect addition to your winter hair care regimen. It is formulated with a combination of protein and botanical extracts to nourish, repair, moisturise and restore dull, dry, damaged hair. The Restoring and Strengthening Deep Treatment is infused with coconut oil and avocado oil to reduce frizz, strengthen hair and restore nutrients and moisture.

2. Trim Your Ends

Trimming your hair is an important part of every hair growth journey. Therefore, you should be getting regular trims.   The cold, dry winter air can cause hair to become brittle and dry, which often leads to breakage and split ends. Therefore, it is important to trim ends regularly as it stops hair from breaking


3. Seal The Ends

It is important to seal ends in order to minimise split ends, which leads to breakage. Natural oils are very good sealants and locks in moisture.   A great product for sealing your ends is our Hair Growth Oil. It is formulated with a special blend of over 10 natural oils. It nourishes the hair and scalp, promotes hair growth and acts as a good sealant.

4. Wear Protective Styles

The best way to prevent breakage, is to cover your hair as much as possible during the cold winter months. Wearing protective styles will reduce breakage and dryness that is caused by the harsh, dry winter air.   Great protective styles include weaves, wigs, bantu knots and braids. Just don’t forget to care for your natural hair beneath the protective style.

5. Steam Your Hair

Water is the key to keeping your hair moisturised. The harsh, cold, dry winter air tends to strip the hair of moisture. Steaming is an excellent way to replenish your hair with moisture. Steaming also opens up cuticles, this allows nutrients to penetrate the hair shaft easily.

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How often should I wash my hair? I think this is one of the most common question most new naturalistas ask. Irrespective of your hair type, in order to maintain healthy hair, your hair should be cleansed. Cleansing removes product build-up, sebum and impurities. The basic first step to healthy hair is developing a good washday routine. However, people have different hair types, and different hair types should not be washed the same amount of times.

Thick, Coarse Hair Or Tight Curly Hair

Shampooing can seem like its an unimportant part of your hair care regimen. However, you should was your hair no more than once a week or once every 2 weeks. The frequency of your washes should depend on how active your lifestyle is and how quickly your scalp produces oils and sebum. To keep your hair refreshed in between washdays, try co-washing your hair with a co-wash or conditioner.

Medium Curls

If you have medium curls or waves, then you should be washing your hair at least once a week. Your hair needs to have very little oils in order to keep your curls in tact.

Fine Curls

People with fine curls typically have oily hair. Therefore, you should be washing your hair once every 2-3 days in order to keep your hair healthy and refreshed.

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Type 4 hair is kinky and forms tight curls, this often leads to knots and difficulty in combing and managing hair.  Type 4 hair is generally more fragile, which makes t more prone to breakage.  This type of hair has lower moisture content when compared to other hair types, making it more prone to dryness.  If you are struggling to take care of your type 4 hair, then these 13 tips will help you achieve beautiful, ofter and more manageable hair.

Wash your hair once every 1 to 2 weeks.

The more often you wash your hair, the more you strip it of its moisture. This results in dry, brittle hair. You should wash your hair every 7 to 10 days, but you can get away with washing it once every 14 days. This will help prevent dryness and product buildup.

  • Stick to sulphate-free shampoos that will not strip your hair of moisture like the Eco Essentials Moisturising Shampoo. Follow up with a moisturising conditioner like the Eco Essentials Revitalising Conditioner.
  • If you must wash your hair more often, dilute your shampoo with 50% water and 50% shampoo.

Consider washing your hair with just conditioner every 3 to 5 days

This is also known as "co-washing." It will help moisturise your hair, and keep it manageable. You can help further seal the moisture in with a natural oil of your choosing.

  • Step things up a bit by using a deep conditioning mask once a week to twice a month.
  • Focus the conditioner on the ends of your hair; avoid applying it to your scalp. Applying conditioner to your scalp will cause your hair to appear greasy.

Use a moisturising conditioner with lightweight, essential oils

Oils like grape seed oil, are more easily absorbed by hair than products like lanolin, which will only clog and weigh hair down. Lightweight oils will moisturise your hair and make it shiny, but they won't weight it down. Try a good light-weight moisturising spray like the Eco Essentials Detangling Hair Mist.

Apply some oil to natural hair every day and straightened/relaxed hair twice a week

Look for products that contain natural oils, such as almond, argan, coconut, and jojoba. A great Oil to apply on your hair daily is the Eco Essentials Hair Growth Oil. Skip products with petrolatum, lanolin, and mineral oils. They will only dry your hair out and stop moisture from penetrating the shaft.

  • A little bit of oil goes a long way. Start with a small amount, and add more as necessary.
  • After washing your hair, apply a moisturising leave-in conditioner, then add the oil of your choice. This seal in moisture and ensure that your hair stays healthy.

Try a protein treatment or mask

Protein will make your hair less prone to breakage and over-moisturising. Your hair will be a lot shinier too. Be careful not to overuse protein in your hair otherwise it will start to snap off.

Don't use products that contain silicones and sulphates

Silicones are great for making hair nice and smooth, but they can only be removed with sulphates, a harsh cleaning agent that leads to dry hair. If you don't remove the silicones from your hair properly, your hair will get too much build-up, and end up looking dull, greasy, and lanky.

  • Fortunately, there are lots of ways to make your hair nice and silky without using silicones, including nourishing masks and coconut oil. These products are easily washed out of your hair, without any dryness or brittleness.

Comb carefully using a wide tooth comb

Always start from the ends of your hair first; never comb straight down from the roots. Avoid using brushes, as they will only make your hair frizzy. Lastly, avoid combing your hair everyday; detangle it when necessary with your fingers. Excessive combing will break your hair off.

Trim your split ends as soon as possible

Even healthy hair is prone to getting split ends, so be sure to check your hair for them regularly. The longer you leave them unchecked, the further the damage will creep up the hair shaft. Don't rely on "split end mending" serums, at they are only temporary fixes; they are not permanent and will not mend your split ends.

Avoid heat styling when possible, and use a lower temperature and a heat protectant spray when you do

Add the spray to your hair while it is still wet; this will help make it more effective. When styling your hair, hold the curling iron or flat iron slightly open while passing it over your hair. This way, you will avoid tugging and pulling your hair, which can lead to breakage Try to limit heat styling to two times a month maximum.

  • Try to use the lowest temperature possible, and avoid going too hot. Heat protectant sprays can only do so much.
  • Opt for ceramic flat irons over metal ones. They will be gentler on your hair.[7]
  • Heat protectants come in many forms, other than sprays, including: shampoo, conditioners, creams, and serums.

Avoid using high-stress hairstyles for long periods of time

Tight ponytails and tight braids can look chic, but they also put a lot of stress on your hair and scalp. Overtime, they can create crimps and breakage in hair. They can also stress the hair follicles, and cause thinning along the hairline.

  • Braids, cornrows, and weaves should not hurt. If they start to hurt, they are too tight, and are damaging your hair.
  • Avoid using rubber bands when styling your hair, as they can cause tears and breakage. Instead, use a ponytail holder without a metal clip.

Choose sewn-in weaves over glued-in weaves

They are much better at protecting your natural hair against heat styling and outdoor elements. Glued-in weaves can rip out your natural hair upon removal, thus damaging it.

  • If you are using a weave, visit your stylist every 2 to 3 weeks to ensure that it stays tight. A loose weave can tug on your hair and damage it.
  • Change your weave every 1½ and 2 months.
  • Let your hair rest for a few weeks after two consecutive weaves.

Let your hair go natural every once in a while for a few weeks

This is especially important if you are using high-stress hairstyles, such as weaves, cornrows, and braids. While fashionable, these styles put a lot of strain on your hair. Let your hair go natural for a week or two in between styles so that it can relax.

If you must do something with your hair, consider wrapping a scarf or headband around it, or adding in a cute hair clip.

Sleep on a satin or silk pillowcase or wear a satin or silk bonnet to prevent frizz, breakage, and dryness

This way, your hair can stay healthy and won't break or tear. Cotton pillowcases and head scarves tend to snag hair and create tiny rips and tears. They also tend to suck the moisture out of your hair, which can make it even more frizzy and brittle

  • Satin or silk pillowcases are also great for skin, as they don't draw out moisture the way cotton pillowcases do.
  • If you can't get a satin or silk pillowcase, consider tying your hair up at night with a satin or silk bonnet instead

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Aloe Vera is very common plant found all over the world and has been in use for centuries because of its healing properties. Aloe Vera is used in countless cosmetics and beauty products because it is rich in antioxidants, minerals, enzymes, vitamins and amino acids. Aloe Vera possesses antiseptic, germicide, anti-inflammatory, moisturising and regenerative properties, making it an excellent natural ingredient for hair care products. Some of the benefits of Aloe Vera on hair are:

Promotes Hair Growth

Aloe Vera contains enzymes that promote healthy hair growth. This protolithic enzyme removes sebum and dead skin cells that are clogging the hair follicles, which prevents proper penetration of nutrients to the hair. Aloe breaks down the sebum and dead skin cells, which allows nutrients to penetrate, which results in hair growth. In addition, Aloe has an alkaline pH level, which helps to balance the pH level of the hair and scalp, resulting in further hair growth. Aloe also helps to prevent frequent hair loss by rejuvenating the follicles and reducing hair thinning.

Reduces Itching, Dryness and Dandruff

Aloe Vera is renowned for its anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties. The enzymes found in Aloe Vera soothes dry skin, moisturizes a dry scalp, which helps to alleviate the presence of dandruff. Aloe Vera’s enzymatic properties enables it to break down excessive dead skin cells, while adding moisture to the hair and scalp. The anti-inflammatory properties also reduce redness and itching, which benefits the hair.

Reduces Fizziness and Strengthens Hair

Aloe Vera contains vitamins and amino acids, which promotes hair strength and adds shine to your hair. As a result, it helps to tame frizzy hair while leaving locks silky and glossy. The vitamins found in Aloe Vera also work well to repair sun damage to your caused by sun exposure.

Conditions Hair and Scalp

In addition to the other benefits, Aloe Vera is also an excellent hair-conditioning agent and also restores the hair’s luster and shine. Aloe Vera easily penetrates the hair shaft and scalp leaving hair soft, moisturized and smooth.

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What is the secret to growing long natural hair??? This is the question that all the naturalistas out there want the answer to. For the lucky, select few, long hair just happens naturally. While for some of us, growing natural hair is a struggle. It takes time, effort, patience and a good hair care routine to grow long natural hair. If you have been struggling, then these tips will be a guide to helping you reaches your Hair Goals.

Wash, Co-Wash And Condition Your Hair Regularly

Natural hair and scalp needs to be cleansed and hydrated at least once a week, and if necessary, co-washed in between washes. A clean scalp promotes healthy hair growth by removing surface build-up and debris. To avoid stripping your hair of moisture, try washing your hair with a sulphate-free shampoo. Always follow a wash with a conditioner in order to replenish moisture lost during the wash process.

Deep Condition Regularly

Deep Conditioning is one of the important steps towards growing healthy long hair. Natural hair is predominantly dry. Therefore, it is important to spend time helping your hair stay moisturized. Deep condition your hair once a week. Leave in for at least 20 minutes and rinse out. Deep conditioning helps to restore moisture to dry and damaged hair, reduces frizz and flattens the cuticles of the hair.

Take vitamins to boost hair growth

There are many supplements and vitamins available on the market that helps boost hair growth. Vitamins help support your hair’s strength, which results in less breakage and long healthy hair. Taking a daily multivitamin fortified with the necessary nutrients, vitamins and extracts can assist the hair growth process.

Use Penetrating Oils

It takes time for nutrients to travel from the root to the tip of a strand. Therefore, it is important to infuse hair with oils can be easily absorbed by the hair, strengthening and nourishing hair in the process.   Avoid the use of mineral oils and petroleum-based products that only coats the hair and are not absorbed by the hair. The coat makes it more difficult for hair to absorb moisture, resulting in dry hair. Try light, natural oil like castor oil, coconut oil, lavender oil and olive oil that can be easily absorbed by the hair.

Take Care Of The Ends

The tip of your hair is the driest and most brittle part of your hair. Natural oils travels from root to tip, meaning that your ends receive the least amount of oils and product, which is why they are prone to breakage. So ensure that you trim ends regularly and when applying products, pay special attention to the tips. Make sure that you always moisturize and seal the tips.

Try Protective Styles

Natural hair is dry and prone to breakage, so avoid constant styling and always combing /brushing your hair. When combing, avoid small combs and use wide-tooth combs to reduce the amount of breakage and shedding. Protective styles like braids are an excellent way to protect hair from dryness and breakage. However, avoid tight braids that pull at your hair.

Avoid The Use Of High Heat On Your Hair

Extremely high temperature makes hair dry and brittle, which increases the chances of breakage. Reduce the use of blow dryers and flat irons on your hair. If you have to use a dryer, rather choose hooded dryers because they do not directly apply heat to your hair, reducing the chances of heat damage.

Cover Your Hair

In order to prevent your hair from loosing moisture while you sleep, cover your hair with a satin or silk bonnet/scarf or sleep on a satin or silk pillowcase. Cotton pillowcases and headscarves tend to snag hair and create tiny rips and tears. They also tend to suck the moisture out of your hair, which makes it more brittle and frizzy. Opt for satin or silk instead, as this material does not absorb oil like cotton or other synthetic fabrics do.

Drink More Water

Just like the skin, healthy hair starts from within. There is no better moisturizer for your hair than water. Water moisturizes and nourishes hair from the inside out. So make sure that you drink enough water everyday in order to keep your hair hydrated and to promote healthy hair growth.

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