The entrance of cool­er weath­er into cer­tain parts of the world can mean dri­er hair for many nat­u­rals.  How­ev­er, you can be pre­pared and avoid parched strands with the­se five must-haves for the fall:

1. Moisture-rich conditioner

Some of the con­di­tion­ers you used in warmer months are prob­a­bly not as effec­tive in the­se cool­er months.  To reduce dry­ness this fall, pur­chase a mois­ture-rich con­di­tion­er, which will con­tain a com­bi­na­tion of oils, humec­tants, and fat­ty alco­hols among oth­er ingre­di­ents.  Anoth­er option is to increase the mois­ture lev­el of your cur­rent con­di­tion­er by adding humec­tants (such as hon­ey or glyc­er­in) and/or oils (such as olive, coconut, cas­tor, or avo­cado).  Some nat­u­rals may also like to add but­ters (such as shea, muru­mu­ru, or cupuacu).

2. Effective moisturizing method

Dur­ing the sum­mer, your hair prob­a­bly faired just fine with water-based mois­tur­iz­ers and no sealant or the use of humec­tants mixed with water alone.  How­ev­er, this fall, do not be sur­prised if your hair requires the “mois­tur­ize and seal” method, which involves apply­ing an oil or even a but­ter after mois­tur­iz­ing your hair in order to real­ly lock in that mois­ture.  Is this method not suf­fi­cient to com­bat your dry­ness?  Then you may want to try the L.O.C. method of mois­tur­iz­ing (i.e., apply a liq­uid, then an oil, then a cream or but­ter), which was cre­at­ed by a long-time nat­u­ral named Chicoro.  Some nat­u­rals have ben­e­fit­ed more from this method than the usu­al mois­tur­ize and seal. 

3. Heavy sealant

While light oils or mois­tur­iz­ers may have worked for you dur­ing the warmer months, they may not work as well for you now.  Switch to a heav­ier oil (e.g., olive, avo­cado, or cas­tor) or a thick but­ter (e.g., shea or cupuacu) to lock in that mois­ture dur­ing the­se cool­er, dri­er months. Some nat­u­rals prefer to mix but­ters and oils togeth­er to cre­ate a more effec­tive sealant.

4. A thick satin scarf or bonnet

You may have got­ten away with sleep­ing with your hair uncov­ered and on a cot­ton pil­low this sum­mer, but this fall?  You prob­a­bly won’t.  Get a thick sat­in scarf or bon­net to reduce mois­ture loss from your hair as you sleep.  Do you want to increase your mois­ture reten­tion even more?  Switch to a sat­in pil­low­case in addi­tion to cov­er­ing your hair with a scarf or bon­net.  Addi­tion­al­ly, you can wear the sat­in scarf or bon­net under your beanie, head wrap, or win­ter hat (when the win­ter arrives).

5. A humidifier

This isn’t nec­es­sar­i­ly a must have for most nat­u­rals, but it is for those with extreme­ly parched hair in the cool­er months.  The indoors tend to be much dri­er dur­ing the fall, but a humid­i­fier can mit­i­gate that and help to restore mois­ture to your hair.

What are you must haves for your hair this fall?

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Shyaine

Actu­al­ly there are oils that are great for winter/fall and not so great for summer/spring…and vice ver­sa. You have to look at (research) the nat­u­ral prop­er­ties of an oil before decid­ing 1. if its right for your hair and/or 2. which sea­son to use it in. Coconut oil is def­i­nite­ly hor­ri­ble for win­ter, it dries you out, hair skin and nails! Try dif­fer­ent oils for the cold­er months, and remem­ber to make a list of humec­tant (humid­i­ty) and anti-humec­tants (anti-humid­i­ty) oils to keep on hand for ref­er­ence.

Emrld5
I wear my nat­u­ral hair out dai­ly and I live in the sub­urbs of Chicago (cold as H—). I twist my hair every oth­er night. And on the nights I don’t I mini pineap­ple. At night and after a wash using the spa con­di­tion­er from Trader Joes. I use Can­tu Shea but­ter leave in, fol­lowed with coconut oil (also from Trader Joes) then fol­lowed with Shea Mois­ture Curl enhanc­ing smooth­ie. East twist is done sep­a­rate­ly and with min­i­mal pro­duct ( a lot goes a long way. I then triple band each twist fol­lowed with a straw at the end for… Read more »
Brizaida Ribalta
You give some good advice. Like every­thing else all of the­se things have not worked for my hair. I’ve tried some of your advice. I have tried the coconut oil (can­not stand the smell) , avo­cado and almond oil (just okay). I sleep on a sat­in pil­low­case and I’ve tried sleep­ing with a scarf wrapped around my head. Despite this my hair is still very dry the next morn­ing. I even tried sleep­ing with a plas­tic show­er cap. My hair was very wet the fol­low­ing morn­ing. I would not say it was mois­tur­ized, but full of sweat..ewwww. Along the way,… Read more »
Iyanie

@brizaida, it’s pos­si­ble that you’re using sham­poo too often, or may­be your con­di­tion­ers or leav­ins con­tain dry­ing alco­hols. Try­ing using prod­ucts in the shea mois­ture line. Also, watch out for prod­ucts with pro­tein. May­be your hair is dry because of too many pro­tein treat­ments? Make sure you’re deep con­di­tion­ing your hair once a week. Hope this helps!

Solomon

I am no longer pos­i­tive where you’re get­ting your info, but great top­ic. I needs to spend a while find­ing out much more or under­stand­ing more. Thanks for fan­tas­tic infor­ma­tion I was in search of this infor­ma­tion for my mis­sion.

Charlotte

Can some­one explain some­thing to me with­out judg­ing, lol. I am super con­fused. I have low poros­i­ty hair and am said to need humec­tants but why would humec­tants be good for your hair in the win­ter time? Can they not make your hair more dry because if the air is dry, wouldn’t they take mois­ture from your hair? If some­one can explain why humec­tants are good for win­ter I would appre­ci­ate it. Also when I was doing Shea but­ter I got split ends. I think it shut my hair off from get­ting any kind of mois­ture.

eltia

I live in Namib­ia Wind­hoek where can I buy the Jamaican oil

home health care

Whoa! Seri­ous­ly worth­while info. I’m just book-mark­ing the web site as soon as pos­si­ble. Thanks a bunch!

denise

i have real­lu dry hair did my big chop 2 weeks ago i tried coc­conut oil and olive oil but they dont seem to seal my hair…i tried cus­tor oil two days ago buh ots jusy the reg­u­lar one i bought in a pharmacy…id like to try the jamaican black cus­tor oil but dont know where to get it see­ing that i am in namib­ia plus i wud also like to try shea but­ter but cant find any either just find it in body creams…

Nichole

Amazon.com for JBCO

Pucelle
I know that a lot of peo­ple don’t under­stand the whole water/liquid –> oil –> cream thing but it always made a lot of sense to me. The oil is seal­ing the mois­ture into the strand and keep­ing it there while the cream is a keep­ing pos­ture on top/close to the top. You have the mois­ture inside and out; peo­ple get that you need mois­ture but that there are 2 ways to do it and both tend to make the hair hap­py. I live in the DMV area and just got back from Orlan­do, my hair LOVES it down there… Read more »
MyCurlyMane

I def­i­nite­ly switch to a heav­ier oil in the winter/fall. This is when I’ll add more Jamaican Black Cas­tor Oil to my oil mix (Vatika and Alma). Don’t for­get to cut down on sham­poo­ing. Here are some more tips: http://mycurlymane.com/moisturize-naturally-curly-hair

Screwy Haired Girl

I’ve been using the LOC method for most of my 13 years of being nat­u­ral. (Tick­les me when­ev­er I read the “invent­ed by” attached to it LOL.) It works; it’s the only way that ever made sense to my tight­ly coiled hair–seems log­i­cal to lock in mois­ture with some­thing heavy–and my 4z hair stays well mois­tur­ized this way.

Don’t for­get your ends, ladies!

curiouskinks

lol, I agree. I read so many “so called” meth­ods that I wasn’t even aware has a fan­cy name. I don’t real­ly do a sea­son­al change to my hair since my hair stays dry regard­less. I just wear win­ter hats in the win­ter and use less oil in my hair and scalp in the sum­mer to avoid oil run­ning all over my face!

Jo Somebody

For the LOC method, I see in places the ‘L’ stand­ing for liq­uid (i.e. water) or leave-in, does it mat­ter which one you use? I know most leave-ins are most­ly water any­way, but mine are water based AND creamy (e.g. Koils By Nature Shealoe Leave-in) and I nev­er know if they should be used first or last.
What is your ‘L’?

Natalie
Hey Jo, When I wash my hair I do a final ACV rin­se then leave my tow­el on for 10 min­utes and apply KLIC (Kim­may leave in con­di­tion­er recipe) and twist or plait it up. Dur­ing the week, usu­al­ly two days after I wash it I will imple­ment the LOC method. For me I sim­ply spritz my hair light­ly with a herbal tea then my oil and cream. Usu­al­ly about 4 days after I wash my hair if I have any KLIC left over I will use this as my liq­uid for the LOC it gives my hair some extra life… Read more »
Natalie

I wish I’d known about the LOC method 13 years ago instead of greas­ing my hair with Pink Lady, how­ev­er I would have nev­er had the expe­ri­ence of loc­ing my hair, every­thing hap­pens for a rea­son they say.

Alwina

I fol­low Chicoro’s method of seal­ing all year round for the most past except when I am doing a sim­ple style like a wash n go or a twist out. usu­al­ly when I fin­ish wash­ing my hair, I put my kim­may­tube leave-in mix (with added grape­seed oil) and then as I 2-strand mini twist my hair I apply SheaMois­ture Coconut & Hibis­cus Curl Enhanc­ing Smooth­ie. Hasn’t failed me yet.

Landry

My hair reg­i­ment stays the same regard­less of the weath­er. For me a mix of water, aloe vera juice, and olive oil is THE BUSINESS. I spray my hair with this mix and seal with a bit of grape­seed oil. My hair has stays soft, mois­tur­ized and shiny. But­ters and creams tend to weigh my hair down and cause a lot of buildup.

mlank64
I’ve been a pro­duct junky for a lit­tle over a year. I final­ly found a pro­duct that works on my hair. I use the ker­acare but­ter cream, twist­ing cream and detan­gling sham­poo. My hair stays moist, and well defined. I real­ly was hes­i­tant about buy­ing the ker­acare but­ter­cream because my hair does not like shea but­ter. It’s too heavy and leaves a white residue on my strands no mat­ter how lit­tle i put on it. I have low poros­i­ty hair, so that has been an issue for me. But, the shea but­ter is about the 4rth or 5th ingre­di­ent on… Read more »
Dana

braid­ing my hair at night w my favorite mois­tur­iz­er works for me-Motions Hydrate My Curls (or what­ev­er leave-in or mois­tur­iz­er I’m try­in at the moment…lol). My hair doesn’t rec­og­nize sea­sons very much. When my hair feels dry­er its usu­al­ly because of ME not Moth­er Nature.

Natalie
I have been using the LOC method for some months now after giv­ing up on KCKT and the Curly Cus­tard as all it did was dry out my 4b/c hair. I found the LOC method worked great in the sum­mer and I’m sure it will be same in the win­ter. The sum­mer in the UK this year was like a mini autumn. For my liq­uid I boil up some hair friend­ly herbs with water and use it as a spritzer and a final rin­se. I make my own oil blend the essen­tial is 25% cas­tor oil as a base then… Read more »
Vonnie

Your my reg­i­men twin lol. The LOC method is a god­send the­se cold­er months. And even though I still use KCKT, I had to give up the KCCC dur­ing my TWA days. Cute curls but it left my hair crunchy.

Jo Somebody

How do you mix those but­ters with water with­out an emul­si­fier? Does it split after a while?
I’d love to make my own but­ter­cream! (even though my shealoe works pret­ty well already)

Natalie

Jo,

Water and oils will not stay togeth­er you MUST use an emul­si­fier. I’m sor­ry I for­got to men­tion it in my orig­i­nal com­ment. I was told about emul­si­fiers by Belin­da of BeU­nique I met her at a hair meet up in Lon­don. I find a table­spoon of emul­si­fier is usu­al­ly enough.
Nats.

yoshi
I don’t know about you all but my hair is MAAAD dry right now and it’s only Octo­ber. Right before I read this post I was think­ing about how my hair felt so dry and I sealed my hair 2 days ago.  My method to com­bat sea­son­al dry­ness will be to rein­cor­po­rate Qhemet Bio­log­ics Amla and Olive con­di­tion­er back into my reg­i­men. I used it in the spring and I have yet to encoun­ter a pro­duct that keeps my hair sealed and con­di­tioned between my month­ly wash­es. I’ve also been con­sid­er­ing invest­ing in an in-home steam­er for my Aubrey Organ­ics GPB… Read more »
honeybrown1976

I’ll look into avo­cado oil. Oth­er than that, I’ll keep my sim­ple mois­tur­iz­ing and seal­ing rou­tine.

JenniD
I tend to switch to using more cas­tor oil in the win­ter. In my opin­ion its the best oil to brave the win­ter weath­er with. Also I stretch out my wash day to every 15 days instead of 7. As the humid­i­ty is gone my hair and scalp tends not to get dirty so quick, plus my hair is more than like­ly more cov­ered in hats and scarves dur­ing most of the day. This is also the sea­son when I deep con­di­tion more. In the sum­mer I tend to skip the deep con­di­tion­er every so often. In the win­ter I… Read more »
Ugonna Wosu

I’ll do all except num­ber 5. There’s only so much fuss I can do for hair!

LM

will def be try­ing the LOC method this win­ter and a bunch of pro­tec­tive styles. I don’t real­ly know how to incor­po­rate hon­ey into my reg­i­men. I have mixed it in my shea but­ter before, but couldn’t real­ly tell if it made a dif­fer­ence. It’s rather sticky so I wouldn’t think one could apply it direct­ly to the hair. Any sug­ges­tions?

JenniD
Try mix­ing hon­ey and olive oil( coconut or almond oil works too) into your deep( read thick­er) con­di­tion­er for a nice deep treat­ment. Your hair will feel amaz­ing. I think the recipe is 2 parts oil and 1 part hon­ey. So you could go 1 tsp hon­ey and 2 tea­spoons oil for short hair and 2 table­spoons oil and 1 Table­spoon hon­ey for longer, thick­er hair. Add that mix to about 2 table­spoons of con­di­tion­er and slather it on. It will be sticky but not over­ly so. It rins­es out well so no need to wor­ry about sticky hair. You… Read more »
martha

want to be sure. The olive oil is it the nor­mal cook­ing oil? Sec­ond­ly after apply­ing the mix­ture of hon­ey, olive oil and con­di­tion­er do u rin­se with jst water? Would­nt the oil remain in your hair? Need clar­i­fi­ca­tion plse.

la*belle

yeah, EVOO (extra vir­gin olive oil) is best IM

Che

Humec­tants aren’t best for fall and win­ter months. If there is lots of mois­ture in the air (spring, sum­mer), humec­tants will draw that mois­ture into your hair as a way to cre­ate a sort of equi­lib­ri­um. But in fall or win­ter months when the air is dri­er and less humid, you might find that using humec­tants makes your hair dri­er because mois­ture is leav­ing your hair to main­tain this equi­lib­ri­um.

Jennifer Kennedy

I nev­er do much dif­fer­ent­ly in the fall than I do in the warmer months. All my prod­ucts remain the same. My hair tells me when it needs more mois­ture — so, when it’s dry, I’ll make sure to rin­se my hair in water and add a leave-in con­di­tion­er.

That works for me…it keeps things sim­ple.

Zanthe
I def­i­nite­ly intend to employ heavy seal­ing meth­ods this win­ter but one prob­lem I have being in the Uk (and some­thing denser heads will under­stand) is hats. So I usu­al­ly wear a 40s head­scarf every day, it’s my go-to. Now sum­mer has passed and it is get­ting cold­er here, I need to wear a hat. I have three new ones BUT none are lined with satin/silk. Why is it so hard to find lined hats that are still fash­ion­able? All the ones I see online are hideous. A bon­net or scarf under­neath just adds to my already dense hair and… Read more »
hairscapades
Hi, just want­ed to let you know about the Etsy shop, Thread­mill. This is my go to spot for cute, cro­cheted and sat­in-lined hats! In fact, I was the one who told the Thread­mill owner/artisan to add sat­in-lin­ing as an option for her hats:)! She is a doll and she ships inter­na­tion­al­ly. Here is a hat that she made for me: http://hairscapades.com/2011/09/06/threadmill-debut-and-new-giveaway/ http://hairscapades.com/2011/09/10/threadmill-satin-lined-hats-have-arrived/ And here is a link to her shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/Threadmill She also does cus­tom orders. HTH!! (p.s. There is also a site called Hatsome.com that used to sell very cute sat­in-lined hats, but they haven’t had any stock in close… Read more »
Jo Somebody
I am in the UK and have thick, dense and very kinky-coily hair. It’s not very long at the moment, but already can’t fit under 90% of the hats I try on or most show­er caps. BUT this is only when loose or when any hair is ‘out’ (puff, fro­hawk, twistout etc.), so I just keep my hair in weekly/fortnightly pro­tec­tive styles (usu­al­ly just twists). The pro­tec­tive style pro­tects from the win­ter air too, so it’s a dou­ble bonus. Oth­er­wise, my sav­ing grace is the fact that I like coats with hoods. That pro­tects my hair from the ele­ments when a… Read more »
Nel

Ques­tion 1. Can any­one sug­gest some prod­ucts of the fol­low­ing that can be found in a drug­store (wal­greens, tar­get, beau­ty sup­ply, etc.):
a. humec­tants
b. oils
c. butters/cream

Ques­tion 2. When wear­ing braids, with exten­sions, what’s the best prod­ucts to use on your edges (and for braids with exten­sions in gen­er­al).

Thanks ladies (and gen­tle­men) in advance.

Irisavonstore

I use Shea Mois­ture Curl. Enhanc­ing Smooth­ie with olive oil and then put my hair in a pro­tec­tive 2 strand twist

Cherron

Humec­tant- Try Tressem­me Nat­u­rals mois­tur­iz­ing con­di­tion­er. My hair LOVES it, or Aussie Moist con­di­tion­er.

Oils- I love the Africa’s Best 8 in 1 oil from Wal-mart. It’s got good stuff in it. You can also get the Louan­na coconut oil from the food sec­tion (it is 100% coconut oil)

Butters/Cream- Shea But­ter from the beau­ty sup­ply store!

Dana

this were great ques­tions

sam

I have thick, course hair that needs LOTS of mois­ture. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Amla & Olive Heavy cream by qhemet bio­log­ics and dark jamaican black cas­tor oil as the oil sealant. I was a pro­duct junkie until I found this mix, but not every­thing works for every­body but it’s worth a try.

Kristen

Can you tell me how your reg­i­men using those prod­ucts? I love both the­se prod­ucts but am not sure I am using them prop­er­ly. Thanks!

sam
If I’m doing twists, I will use 3 things. 1. I use the Amla/olive cream to mois­tur­ize the sec­tion. Then 2. I use a small dab of the Aethiopika hydrate and twist but­ter for def­i­n­i­tion, then 3. a tiny drop of the dark jamaican cas­tor oil as I’m twist­ing the ends to seal. When I take my twists out, I just use the Amla/olive cream to moister­ize the fro. I have VERY low poros­i­ty hair, so I couldn’t find stuff that pen­e­trat­ed and soft­ened my hair. Most stuff just sits on top and makes greasy and didn’t soft­en, but this reg­i­men works… Read more »
Trish

Hi Nel,

The fol­low­ing can be found at Wal­greens
a. Humec­tant — Hon­ey
b. Oil — Cas­tor Oil or Vit­a­m­in E oil
c. Butter/Cream — Shea Mois­ture Organ­ic Curl Enhanc­ing Smooth­ie Coconut & Hibis­cus

Try apply­ing cas­tor oil with a Q-tip to your edges. 

Good luck!

Inf
Hey Nel…I think I can answer Ques­tion 1. Oils and humec­tants can be found in gro­cery stores, as well as health food stores. Basic olive oil, coconut oil, avo­cado oil can all be found in the same sec­tion as cook­ing oil in every gro­cery store I have ever vis­it­ed. Hon­ey is also easy to find. Glyc­er­ine is a lit­tle hard­er, but I know walgreens.com car­ries it. Most beau­ty sup­ply stores will car­ry shea but­ter, but the oth­er but­ters will be hard­er to find local­ly unless you have health food stores in your area. Etsy.com will have everyother type. Shea mois­ture… Read more »
Nel

Thanks for your sug­ges­tion Inf! 

Over the sum­mer I went full out nat­u­ral. Mean­ing, I didn’t wear any exten­sions like I usu­al­ly would. I spent almost $200 on prod­ucts with very few suc­cess­es.
I do have some raw shea but­ter lay­ing around some­where. I know I could just heat it up and put in on my hair. I’ll prob­a­bly try that soon­er or lat­er.

Thanks again for your reply!! (:

Vonnie
1.) a — humec­tant — ??? Some con­di­tion­ers (i.e. Suave) list if they con­tain humec­tants b — oils — you can nev­er go wrong with olive or coconut, but African Pride has a Herbal 6 oil that con­tains a mix­ture of oils (cas­tor, sun­flow­er, etc.) with pret­ty much no fillers; I read the ingre­di­ents. c — butters/creaam — this can be pret­ty hit or miss. Depend­ing on your hair thick­ness and poros­i­ty, I know some folks love the creams and/or but­ters the Shea Mois­ture line pro­vides. 2)Do you mean as a gel or for moister­i­za­tion? If you’re not label-picky, for… Read more »
Nel

I’ll look into African Pride for their oils.

I usu­al­ly use Cantu’s shea but­ter as my “butter/cream.” Shea mois­ture do not do much for my hair, but it doesn’t hurt to may­be try them again. 

I’ve used Cantu’s shea but­ter on my nat­u­ral hair, like I said ear­lier. So since you’ve sug­gest­ed a shea mois­tur­ize for my edges then I’m sure using Can­tu wouldn’t hurt. Thanks for the IC olive oil sug­ges­tion. And yes, I was look­ing for some­thing to mois­tur­ize (and strength­en) my edges. 

Thanks Von­nie for your Reply!!

Vonnie

You’re wel­come. And by the way, that was African’s Best :)

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