Caring for your hair during harmattan


End of the year usually ushers in ‘Harmattan’ dry wintry air from the Sahara desert into the Gulf of Guinea between the end of November and the middle of March. On its passage over the desert, it picks up dust particles resulting in dryness within the atmosphere. To avoid hair breakage associated with this period, most ladies prefer to have one form of protective hair style or the other.

If you’re wearing your hair out during this period, it’s important to take some precautionary measures such as:

1. Do more of hot oil treatments weekly.
2. Invest in shampoos that replenish moisture and if you don’t have, indulge in co-washing to avoid dryness which could ultimately lead to breakage.
3. Amp your moisture & sealing routine by starting off with a liquid leave in (I use Tresemme Split Remedy currently), use pea sized amount and run through your hair in sections. Seal in moisture with a pea size drop of JBCO or Grapeseed oil. Finish off with a creamy leave in such as Elasta QP Olive Mango Butter Moisturizer ( I use Advanced Biolage Matrix Fibrestrong).

This is my daily routine at night before I go to bed. Also endeavor to protect your ends rather than exposing it to the dryness. It ensures your ends stay in top shape during this season. Invest in a satin bonnet as well.

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