Guiding WOC Through The Process Of Returning Natural

Tips for Retaining Length this Fall

Fall is upon us! The leaves are browning and the weather is getting just a little bit chillier. You may have rocked your fro in summer or tried a super creative hairstyle you’ve been wanting to for a while, but as the new season kicks in, it’s time for us to bring back some old hair care tips and rules for preventing breakage, dryness and all the other things that come with cooler weather. Here are a few hair care tips for fall – especially if you’re all about retaining length.

Do treatments regularly

This is an obvious one – but we can’t stress enough the power of moisturizing and strengthening treatments. On wash day it’s a way to give your hair the nutrients it needs – if your hair is high porosity and you’re feeling like it needs a bit of strength, opt for a protein treatment like our Henna Strengthening Hair Gloss, Fenugreek Regeneration Hair Mask and Rice Water Health & Strength Hair Mask. If you’re low porosity and your hair needs a shot of moisture, go for our Ultra Nourishing Guacamole Hair Mask, Restorative Hibiscus Hair Mask and Chebe Powder Growth Hair Mask.

Regardless of your hair’s porosity level, all Belle Bar masks will work for you. If you’re low porosity and you’re worried about protein treatments being too drying, all Belle Bar hair masks are loaded with hydrating ingredients that are sure to keep your hair moisturized. However, if you’re in the mood for some DIY, go ahead and add fresh ingredients like a ripe banana or honey to a mask for extra moisture.  

We recommend you do a treatment every week on wash day. However for protein treatments, we recommend doing them no more than twice a month if your hair is high porosity, or no more than once every 4-6 weeks if you’re low porosity. Not sure of your hair’s porosity? Take our quiz

Take extra time sealing your ends

We cannot stress this enough! When doing your LOC or LCO method, make sure to go in with some extra product on the ends of your hair. Even with your midweek oil application or sprtizing, pay extra attention to the ends of your hair as they are often hit the hardest with cold weather. 

How to do the LOC/LCO method

LOC and LCO are two methods of moisturizing the hair that help keep moisture locked into place. They’re also an easy guide to remembering the steps of applying your hair products. The two methods are meant to maximize moisture retention after washing the hair, which can be very drying for some of us.

1) Spritz your hair with water, rosewater or aloe vera juice. This will serve as your liquid. 

2) Go in with an oil such as our Onion & Garlic Thickening Ayurvedic Herb Hair Oil or our Moringa and Marula Soothing Sensitive Scalp Oil. Apply to your hair  the amount will be dependent on the length and thickness of your hair, but anything from a teaspoon to a tablespoon will do the trick. Massage the oil into your scalp, and ensure you are coating your strand from root to tip. 

3) Lock it all in with a butter such as our Golden Sea Buckthorne Shine & Moisture Hair Butter or the Hibiscus & Black Soap Moisturizing Hair Cleanser.

Get a pre-fall trim

This can do wonders for your hair! Of course every trim helps to get rid of split ends and damaged hair, but doing one pre-fall will help you minimize the breakage that is caused by cold weather.

Protective style all the way!

Try to avoid manipulating your hair with heat during the winter months. Put your hair into a protective style such as box braids or Senegalese twists. These last from 4-8 weeks and will protect your ends and hair from the elements. 

Don’t go out with wet hair

Going outside with wet hair, especially in colder weather, can dry out the hair excessively and lead to breakage and splitting. Make sure your hair is dry before going outside in colder weather, or keep it in a protective style to keep it out of harm’s way!

Steam is your friend!

Steaming is a great way to get your hair to absorb hydrating products better. The steam (which is essentially moist, water-based heat) opens the hair’s cuticle layer, allowing the product to penetrate easily and give better results. This is particularly great for low porosity hair. Steaming is great for your scalp, as the heat helps to open up and unclog your pores. It can lead to improved blood circulation which is great for stimulating hair growth. A great time to steam your hair is after you’ve applied a deep conditioner and before you rinse it out – this is great for getting that conditioner to do the absolute most!

Clarify your scalp

We all know that healthy hair begins at the root, so keeping your scalp nourished and clean is essential. Clogging your pores with too much product, or allowing it to get dry and flaky are not options sis! Even when you have protective styles like box braids, be sure to clean your scalp with ingredients like witch hazel to allow for it to remain healthy.  You can always run a cotton ball across the parts in your scalp with witch hazel if you are experiencing a lot of clogging and buildup in-between wash days. 

Keep your hair stretched 

Some naturals believe that this is a great tip for retaining length. Because our hair is highly textured, it’s susceptible to forming knots and our strands love to tangle and intertwine with each other. This makes it hard for sebum to travel down along the hair strand to the ends. It also means that the strands pulling on each other are more susceptible to snapping (hence moisture is important!). Keeping your hair in stretched out styles such as two-strand twists, twists outs, braid outs, and others will allow sebum to travel down your strands more easily, and can lead to less tangling (and breakage). Of course, you should wear your hair in its natural state – it’s beautiful! But also make sure you have a good balance between this and stretched out protective styles. Note that stretched out does not in any way mean you need to apply heat to your hair – head back to previous classes to learn all about ways to stretch out your hair without heat.

Moisturize your hair even when it’s in a protective style

Mix your favorite leave-in conditioner with water in a spray bottle, and spray it on your scalp and down the length of the style. We recommend doing this a few times a week. It stops your hair from getting dry and can soothe itchiness. If the itchiness persists through, it might be time to take down that style!

 

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