As the season change, so will your hair needs which is why a variety of products based on the weather is good to have. Winter is the season that most people experience setback in their hair journey. Things like breakage, dry hair, split ends, etc become very common. Here are some things I hope can help you stay on track with your healthy hair journey.

The use of humectants and products containing humectant ingredients, understanding them can certainly help lead to healthier hair during the winter. Once you understand your climate and weather change, what your hair likes and dislikes, not only will you be able to keep your hair healthy, retain length but also when to use products with certain humectant or anti-humectant ingredients inside.

What is a humectant?
A humectant absorbs moisture and keeps a moisture balance in the hair and skin and humectants will search for moisture in your hair too. Therefore, in areas where it may be hot, but dry, these products may do more bad than good. In the right climate, humectants are materials used in products to moisturize dry or damaged hair. They promote moisture retention by attracting water molecules from the environment and binding them to specific sites in your hair along with their structure.

BAD: In areas where the moisture and humidity are very high, like wet areas, combined with the heat of the summer, humectants can overdo their job by absorbing so much moisture. This leads to puffy, frizzy hair, instead of well-defined curls and waves. The higher your hair porosity, the more you may suffer from this.

BAD: On the opposite end of the spectrum, when there are extremely low humidity conditions like winter, humectants can draw water away from the hair shaft, which can cause moisture loss, dryness, and breakage.
GOOD: Given the temperature outside, the use of humectants can help your hair stay bouncy, retain texture or style and make hair feel softer.

Colder weather must tips:
• Typically the winter months.
• Avoid humectants.
• Use leave-in conditioners.
• Use light hold products.
• Use plenty of emollients moisturizing oils, butter).
• Keep your hair moisturized.

During colder weather, the moisture content in the air is sufficiently low that when a humectant applied to your hair, might be irresistibly drawn to the moisture in your hair and make every attempt to steal it from you. By drawing it out of your hair and binding it to itself, this can result in dry, fly-away hair, split ends, and brakage.

This effect can often be prevented by using

  • Plenty of moisturizing products,
  • Not over-drying your hair, leave it somewhat moist after washing, and layer with a leave-in conditioner.
  • The key to having healthy hair in any weather is to have extremely well-hydrated and moisturized hair. This will protect your hair from losing too much moisture in dry weather, and it will prevent your hair from absorbing excess moisture in humid conditions.
  • Another important factor is the overall condition of your hair. Hair that is damaged will necessarily be more porous, and thus more susceptible to climatic conditions.
  • Smooth strands with a sealed, flat cuticle layer will be naturally more impervious to atmospheric conditions as well.

Common Humectants
• Glycerin
• Propylene Glycol
• Honey
• Agave nectar
• Sorbitol
• Sodium PCA
• Panthenol
• Hydrolyzed silk protein
• Fructose

It is very important that we read our label and know what we are paying for, most importantly, study your hair and know what it likes and dislike. Protective-styling can help a lot for most people.

Thank you for stopping by, please, feel free to share, like, comment and welcome back.

Love & Light

Nafsi Botanical


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