The Ultimate Winter Hair Care Guide For Black Women

Avoid dry and brittle hair during the harsh winter with these must-have products that focus on hair care for Black women. 

Wintertime is rough. It’s rough on our pockets. It’s rough on emotions. It’s rough on our skin. And for Black women, it’s certainly rough on our hair.

Hair care for Black women is a sensitive subject — one we here at 21Ninety take seriously. And with that in mind, we understand that taking care of our hair in the wintertime comes with an additional need for care, time, and moisture.

Your summertime routine might not be enough to meet your hair’s needs in the winter.

With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of must-have haircare items for this season.

Hair Bonnet

First, let’s start with the basics. You’ll need a bonnet. A staple in many a Black woman’s hair care routine, the bonnet helps lock moisture in your hair and preserve the style you have. In the winter time, it also acts as an additional layer of protection from those warmer cotton sheets and the heat you’re running in the house to keep you cozy at night. You might be wondering why this one is so expensive. It’s satin lined, comes with a thick band designed specifically to lay your edges. And it’s adjustable and no stain so you won’t have to contend with a greasy pillowcase in the morning. Plus, this brand is Black woman-owned.

Majesty Royal Package Moisture

Many shampoos are designed to strip your hair of its natural moisture. But that’s not the case with these products. Every product in this hair care line is designed to maintain and replenish moisture. This line uses Noni Berry, Avocado, Argan, Marula and Grapeseed Oils to strengthen the hair follicles and add much-needed shine. It’s good for all hair types from 3A to 4C and because when you purchase this set, it comes with a free consultation from the owner of the brand, who is also a licensed cosmetologist. 

Hair Steamer Thermal Heat Cap

Creams and leave-ins can only go so far. At some point, you have to treat the problem at the root. And that means adding moisture to the scalp and hair follicles. The best way to do that is with a hair steamer. The heat from this cap allows for your hair to absorb whatever product you’ve just applied. The use of heat and moisture will prevent breakage and keep your hair shiny and strong. 

The Mane Choice Manetabolism Plus Healthy Hair Growth Vitamins

If you want your hair to be out, full and blowing in the wind on somebody’s beach, now is the time to put in that work. You know what they say you are what you eat. And you can supplement your nutrition to get you the healthy hair you’ve been after. These vitamins from Mane Choice will help you get there. 

Briogeo Deep Conditioning Hair Mask 

If you’re one of the girls who loves to experiment with color, you know that there is a price for all of that show-stopping. Coloring your hair can also mean drying it out. And that dryness is further exacerbated by winter winds and our indoor heating systems. This hair mask from Briogeo, a Black owned company, uses rosehip oil, B-vitamins, and algae extract deep conditioner color-treated and damaged hair to help strengthen it or prevent any further damage.

Inala Power Potion

Healthy hair begins at the scalp. And this new product from LaLa Anthony’s hair care line uses rice water extract, biotin, and arginine to add moisture and nourishment to the scalp. The use of soy amino acids are said to help reduce breakage and hair loss. It comes in a dropper which helps you apply it with precision and prevent you from wasting product.

Grace Eleyae’s Satin Lined Winter Hat

Wool coats, shearling collars and hoods can suck up all of the moisture you’ve worked so hard to maintain all winter. Don’t let all of your hard work go to waste. When you’re braving the elements, you’ll definitely want to keep your head warm. But that doesn’t mean you have to compromise the health of your hair. With these satin lined caps from Black-owned brand Grace Eleyae, you’ll be able to stay cozy and protect your strands at the same time.

Veronica Wells-Puoane is a contributor for 21Ninety.

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