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All about protective winter hairstyles

Winter comes with all sorts of challenges and your hair can be one of those things that are a factor to be considered in winter, especially if you have natural hair. Bad weather conditions like rain or cold air can suck the moisture out of your afro, causing it to shrink when it’s wet (which is not altogether a bad thing) and it may also cause tangling.

Why protective hairstyles are a must in general but especially in winter.

Protective hairstyles help to decrease hair tangling, shedding and breakage. The reason they are able to do so is because protective hairstyles keep the ends of your afro safely tucked away. This helps to reduce manipulation or constant overworking of the hair strand caused by styling and detangling. When natural hair is protected, hair becomes healthy and is in a great condition to grow. Popular protective styles include bantu knots, twists, braids, up dos and wigs.

Here’s how to take care of your protective styles.

Groom it
Braids, whether thick, short or long, deserve your attention. Wash it as regularly as possible to keep the scalp clean and condition it to keep natural hair nourished. Don’t forget to moisturise every other day using your favourite braid spray. Make sure to never keep braids on for too long because this may cause hair to lock and will cause a lot of hair loss when it’s time to undo it.

Protect your hairline
Hairstyles that pull tightly on the hairline can lead to hair loss or a receding hairline. If possible, always leave the fine hair around the hairline out – you can always lay down these edges neatly with a gel or moisturiser. Avoid tying braids in super tight buns or ponytails, spray your hairline often and moisturise it with a good hair food or oil.

Take a look at the range of hair products from Ackermans that you can include in your hair care routine.

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