Winter is not a good time for hair – the cold, dry air and wind causes knots and breakage. Furthermore, the scalp also tends to dry out and be more prone to flaking and itching. More than at any time of the year, winter is when hair needs extra love and attention PLUS as much moisture as one can give it.
Here are a few tips to help you get through winter without literally, pulling your hair out:
Switch to an oil-based moisturizer to lock in extra moisture.
Natural, curly, wavy, relaxed, and coiled hair is sensitive to cold weather, when it’s prone to brittle texture, breakage, and split ends. Use a heavier-than-usual oil-based moisturiser that will evaporate more slowly to protect textured hair.
Commit to weekly treatments to keep hair hydrated.
Dry air also means all hair textures should focus on weekly hair treatments to replace lost moisture. Hair dries out in winter from not having enough moisture in the indoor air, which is when a good conditioner comes. Treat your hair to a good conditioning treatment at least once a week.
Cut down on your heat-heavy styling routine.
Heat and dryness will result in split ends and breakage. Try opting for protective styles, such as braids, buns, twists, and ponytails, which give hair time off from the heat routine.
Line your winter hat with silk or satin to stop split ends.
Wool, cotton, and other coarse fabrics can cause split ends and breakage. Line wool, acrylic, and/or cotton hats with silk or satin. You can even apply an oil-based hair moisturiser prior to wearing your favourite hat.
Hydrate hair overnight with an oil or serum.
Dry night air takes moisture from your skin as well as your hair. Use a night serum or treatment on your hair overnight even if it is a bit messy – the benefits are worth it. If you have naturally curly, relaxed, and textured strands hydrate often with treatments high in omega fatty acids.
Celltone Advanced Hair Treatment, R199,99 for 50ml, is an ideal winter (and all year round) hair treatment for ethnic hair. It is made from a unique combination of naturally derived ingredients, including a Kalonji or black seed oil, which softens the hair and makes it more manageable. The treatment also penetrates deep into the hair follicles encouraging new hair growth and reducing hair loss.
It also has anti-inflammatory properties and helps maintain the condition of the scalp, relieving dryness and reduces flaking and itching.
How do you use it?
1. Natural Hair
Using fingertips rub onto scalp, gradually work through the entire length of the hair.
Using fingertips apply along and between the tracks.
3. Before Relaxing Hair
Apply along outline of natural hairline to protect scalp and skin while relaxer is being applied.
4. After Relaxing Hair
Using fingertips apply to the scalp to relieve irritation and to moisturise and nourish the scalp.
5. Weaves & Wigs
Using fingertips gently apply along the natural hairline.
Celltone Skin Care was launched more than 6 years ago and is a unique skin care range with products that address various skin care concerns including dark marks, wrinkles, spots and break outs and dehydrated skin. It also has a range of quality sun screens.
The range’s hero product, the legendary Celltone Gel contains snail gel extract – which became a global skincare phenomenon after workers harvesting snails discovered their hands became softer, smoother and younger looking. Snail gel extract is used in many of the range’s products including its premium Tissue Oil and luxury face care range.
Celltone is a proudly home grown brand that looks to provide solutions to problems that are unique to the South African and African market but which are not effectively addressed by international brands.
Celltone Skin Care is the proud skin care and sun screen provider to the Proteas Cricket Team. Celltone also supports Gift of the Givers through its Celebrate and Donate takes part in the Care for the Caregiver programme. #begoodtoyourskin
Celltone is also available from Dischem, Clicks, Pick ‘n Pay, Game, RED Square, Edgars and Independent Pharmacies.