Long and bright days, Sunday barbecues, rooftop bars… there are a number of things that disappear at the start of winter – and unfortunately naturally-hydrated locks can often be one of them. From cold winds that whip surface moisture from the hair, to cranked up home heating that dries it out even further, there are several reasons why curlys often report dry and frizzy manes during the colder months.
Hair relies on water for its hydration. This is why it may feel more conditioned and manageable in humid climates and increasingly dry, brittle and limp on a cold November morning. When cold weather comes calling, the key to maintaining soft and healthy locks is to restore the moisture with fuss-free, natural ingredients.
Here are five of the best natural ingredients that can be transformed into excellent remedies for winter-trodden curls:
Delicious on toast and a dream on a warm croissant, honey is not only our favourite sticky sweetener, but a natural softener that is excellent for smoothing brittle hair follicles. Honey is also a natural humectant, meaning it attracts and retains moisture from the air, protecting the hair from dryness.
Kukui Nut Oil
Extracted from the seeds of the Aleurites moluccana tree, this ancient Hawaiian secret contains essential fatty acids that penetrate the hair shaft, hydrating and softening curls. It also smells fabulous!
Native to southwestern Asia, Western Europe, Macaronesia, and the Mediterranean, Calendula is a natural herb rich in anti-Inflammatory properties. The yellowy oil extracted from the calendula flower is used to sooth sensitive scalps and add shine to curls.
Typically used for cooking, this edible oil contains a high percentage of monounsaturated fatty acids that penetrate into the hair strand better than most other oils. It is also light and less clogging than other oils, making it a great conditioner for the hair and scalp.
Baobab is a light, golden yellow oil that is extracted from the fruit seeds of the African Baobab tree. Packed with Omegas 3, 6 & 9, it has been used by African societies for centuries to protect the hair from the hot and dry climate. Baobab oil absorbs into the hair shaft quickly, improving elasticity and soothing the scalp.
If you don’t have the time to incorporate these separate ingredients into your daily routine, British haircare company, Curly By Nature’s natural treatments are an excellent alternative. Formulated with all of the winter-protective ingredients mentioned above, Curly By Nature’s concentrated shampoo, conditioning mask and repair oil is specifically designed to restore genetically curly hair. This includes kinks, coils, curls, waves, heat treated, chemical treated and virgin/ natural hair.
A favourite with top beauty bloggers such as Patent Purple Life, Curly By Nature sources the finest natural ingredients from around the world that are proven to be effective for curly hair types. The brand is dedicated to providing luxurious and natural solutions that revive the wonder and versatility of hair, whilst dispelling the negative myths associated with curly locks.
Read what I had to say about the Curly By Nature range here as featured on company.co.uk!
The Repair Oil is divine, viscous in consistency so a little goes a long way. The oil hydrated the curls of my virgin hair extensions and added a sheen and vitality without being overly sticky or tacky. The conditioner is extremely nourishing and the weighty glass jar that comes in confers an air of luxury and quality.
For the chance to revive your kinks with Curly By Nature’s complete Healthy Hair Care Kit worth £65, post this article on your Facebook or Twitter page mentioning @curlybyn and using the hashtage #CBNwintercurls, and your name will be automatically entered into a prize draw.
You can enter as many times as you like, so why not increase your chances by posting it on all of your social media pages. The competition winner will be contacted and announced on the Curly by Nature website in December.
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