Archive | September, 2012

Autumn Hair Care

29 Sep

Well, it’s that time of year again, folks. Pumpkins, fall leaves in burnt amber and marigold…and protective hairstyle. Yes, summer was all for wash ‘n’ go’s and flaunting the twist-outs but now bitter winds and dry, cold air is upon us…the best thing to do is wrap it up! I find natural hair grows so well uninterrupted in protective styles. My own hair flourishes when I leave it up in a bun for 2 or 3 days, or in twists. I do not like having my hair in twists because a) it’s labour-intensive and b) it doesn’t suit my face/look at all but it does wonders for hair growth. So, I plan to leave my hair in a bun for most of the autumn/winter season and occasionally twist it and wear it under a wool cap (on very cold days). My hair has experienced dryness and breakage since I’ve been too broke to afford premium haircare and I’ve been so lazy to properly moisturize but I’m working hard now to change that.

Since I’ve been on a bit of a budget, I purchased a $9.99 Hollywood Beauty Hair Creme with olive oil. It does contain mineral oil which I’m not pleased about (and parabens) but it is better than not moisturizing my hair at all and it contains a lot of natural products in it. I added some rosemary oil and stirred it up and applied it to my hair. Instantly, my hair drank it up thirstily and revealed a pleasant, radiant shine and lustre I hadn’t seen in a LONG time. Was I REALLY walking around with that dry hay on my head?! I am relieved I bought a hair creme that I could use while short on money. Sometimes, spending $30 on a hair creme from Honey Fig (they carry the good brands like Kinky Curly, Miss Jessie’s, Shea Moisture, Carol’s Daughter, etc) is not always feasible. I wish I could grab a hair creme from there and an all-natural conditioner and shampoo as well but that’s not going to happen. Although I did find a conditioner from Nature’s Gates ( a huge one) for $9.99 at Walgreens. Definitely have to return there!

Fall isn’t just for turkey and Halloween candy though. There is a lot of autumn staples that are good to use for natural haircare too. Mashing up a pumpkin for a natural hair masque is a good, affordable way to enjoy pumpkin and get soft, moisturized hair. Pumpkin is rich in vitamins A, C and potassium. Vitamin A is an antioxidant and is excellent for the scalp. Vitamin C helps for overall hair health and growth. In addition, potassium can promote re-growth of hair.

In addition, why not bottle up a few oils while you’re indoors on a chilly autumn night? I’m looking forward to trying to bottle peppermint oil to rub into my scalp for a revigorating hair wake up! You can also try a sage and apple cider vinegar hair rinse, and of course–remember to drink lots of teas and water to hydrate your entire body and hair. Here’s to soft, beautiful natural hair!