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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52 Comments on "5 Ways to Keep Natural Hair Moisturized in Dry Weather"

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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.


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.

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 »

@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!

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 »

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.


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