Monday, December 16, 2013

Winterizing Your Hair

Hi Beautiful Curlies!

Properly maintaining natural hair during colder temperatures can be challenging, particularly with the addition of wool or knit caps.

In Part I of a two-part series, Tree of Tree Naturals stopped by to share with us, tips on how to take care of our curls in order to maintain health, length, and moisture. 

Part 1: Winterizing Your Hair 

Tree, What is your routine for caring for your hair during the Fall/Winter months?

My routine is so simple! I only use Tree Naturals products and I do the same steps year ‘round, however in the Winter I will up the moisture a bit! I style my hair just once per week and do very limited maintenance throughout the week.  My “wash day” is about 1 ½ hours. I found that less is more and my curls have responded well to this routine.  I try to deep condition each time I wash, especially since its cold AND I have color-treated curls!  I usually style my hair in a wash & go, twist out or braid out, but I only wear my hair “out” for a few days out of the week and the rest of the time it’s in a bun to keep it protected.  This simple routine keeps my curls moist, healthy & growing! 

During the Winter, I re-moisturize and seal (2) times per day in the morning and night using my Rice Flower & Shea Leave-In and Natasha’s Growth Butter. 

What tips and tricks do you have for achieving and maintain healthy hair, retaining length, combating knots, dryness, etc?

I HIGHLY recommend sealing your ends on a DAILY basis!  This helps to keep your ends healthy, knot & fuzz free with virtually no breakage! If my curls are feeling dry and lackluster I will do a pre-poo treatment with Raw Honey and warmed Tree Naturals Oil or some Castor & Grapeseed oil.  I make sure to apply the oils and honey to damp hair and sit under my steamer for 15 minutes.  I’ll then follow the steps below…

  • I wash my hair in the shower in sections with my Bamboo, Aloe & Coconut Shampoo. I love it because it gently cleanses without leaving a stripped feeling.   
  • Next, I’ll use my Green Tea & Coconut Conditioner Bar to detangle my curls and condition them.  This bar has truly changed my life! It has cut my detangling time in half and I’m left with super soft, bouncy curls!  
  •  I’ll then add on my Bamboo, Fig & Lotus Flower Deep Conditioner and either sit under my steamer for 20 minutes OR if I’m strapped for time, I’ll just let the steam from the shower do its thing and rinse! I choose the latter more often than not.  
  •  I’ll rinse and while I’m still in the shower and immediately add some oil to my hair to seal the moisture in before I even style - this is important for maintaining moisture! I put my oil in a color applicator bottle that I got from Sally’s for a $1...I like the tip on the bottle, because it gets the oil right to my scalp!   
  • Next, I add my Rice Flower & Shea Leave-In Conditioner in sections…OMG this stuff has changed my life!  It’s rich & creamy, but light enough to be used daily!   
  • Next, I’ll use the Whipped Curl Creme to style my hair.  I just smooth it on in sections until my entire head is complete.  After I’m done I ALWAYS seal with my Natasha’s Growth Butter to keep the moisture in my hair and also to keep my ends healthy.   
Quick Tip: To keep my curls extra moist and to reduce my shrinkage, I always mix the curl creme & Natasha’s Growth Butter together in the palm of my hands and I use that mixture to style my curls! The butter adds extra weight, dropping my curls a bit.   
  • After I’m done, I sit under my hooded dryer for about 15 minutes to set my style and then let the rest air dry.  Since I love big hair, I’ll use my Afro pick to pick out my roots for that BIG look I love! 
  • At night I put my hair up in a high ponytail (pineapple) using a scrunchie or Goody ouch less band and cover with my satin bonnet.  In the morning I take it down, shake and spray with my Coconut & Lemongrass Curl Refresher Spray.  It helps to reactivate the product that’s already in my hair, lightly moisturize and to help shape my curls. 

….And that’s it!  

LaTresha Sayles
Thank you Tree, for sharing your Winter regimen with us!
What does your Winter hair care routine consist of? Please share your tips and tricks at

Join us next week for Part II - LaTresha Sayles: The Force Behind Tree Naturals


Love and growth,

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