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At this point in my nat­ur­al hair jour­ney, prod­ucts that work for my strands in oth­er sea­sons don’t nec­es­sar­i­ly still work in the win­ter.  That is just the real­i­ty of my almost 8-year strands.  With the cold weath­er and the dry, indoor heat­ing, my hair can become extreme­ly parched and brit­tle.  Thus, I have to switch up cer­tain prod­ucts when win­ter sets in.  Here are my five favorite sub­sti­tu­tions this sea­son:

As I Am Cleans­ing Pud­ding

As I Am Cleansing Pudding

On most win­ter wash days, this cleans­ing pud­ding replaces my sham­poo (which is typ­i­cal­ly Dessert Essence Lemon Tea Tree or Coconut).  It is cleans­ing but also non-dry­ing and does not leave con­di­tion­er buildup over time like co-wash­ing does.  As I Am Cleans­ing Pud­ding is very smooth and has a thick con­sis­ten­cy that also makes cleans­ing my scalp espe­cial­ly easy and ther­a­peu­tic.

Shea Mois­ture African Black Soap Purifi­ca­tion Hair Masque

Shea Moisture African Black Soap Purification Hair Masque

I also some­times switch out sham­poos for this masque.  Just like the As I Am pud­ding, it is cleans­ing and beats co-wash­ing.  More­over, Shea Mois­ture African Black Soap Purifi­ca­tion Hair Masque goes the extra mile of giv­ing my hair and scalp a deep­er cleanse while increas­ing (yes, increas­ing) my mois­ture lev­el.  I mean, my hair feels like but­ter after using this prod­uct.

NOW 100% Pure Avo­ca­do oil

100% Pure Avocado oil

This is actu­al­ly an oil I use in oth­er sea­sons as well.  How­ev­er, I step up the use of it in win­ter, par­tic­u­lar­ly if I’m wear­ing my hair in a flat-ironed state.  Pure avo­ca­do oil becomes my mois­tur­iz­er while min­i­miz­ing the rever­sion that can come with using a water-based prod­uct.  The ends of my hair espe­cial­ly love this oil.

Oyin Hand­made Hair Dew

Oyin Handmade Hair Dew

My hair loves this prod­uct in the win­ter and with min­i­mal use of oth­er prod­ucts.  If I start with one go at my whipped shea but­ter mix­ture and then use ONLY Oyin Hand­made Hair Dew for the remain­der of my mois­tur­iz­ing ses­sions, my hair is hap­py.  This prod­uct is a per­fect mix of cas­tor oil, olive oil, aloe vera juice, water, and an emul­si­fi­er to impart mois­ture, pli­a­bil­i­ty, and shine to my dry strands.

Sof­t­ee Indi­an Hemp Light and Nat­ur­al Hair & Scalp Treat­ment

Softee Indian Hemp Light and Natural Hair & Scalp

And then there is my beloved Sof­t­ee Indi­an Hemp Light and Nat­ur­al Hair & Scalp Treat­ment, which becomes my super sealant of choice.  If mois­ture reten­tion is becom­ing extra dif­fi­cult, I will fol­low up with this hair grease, espe­cial­ly on my ends, edges, and nape.

What are your favorite hair prod­ucts to use this win­ter?


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YAASSSSSSS OMG some­one final­ly rec­og­niz­ing the truth that is hair grease. Hope­ful­ly peo­ple come back to it now so I don’t have to wor­ry about DAX (my grease of choice) going out of busi­ness


I like the LOC method and add cas­tor oil too.