Human hair is a protein fiber that covers our heads. It has a natural tendency to absorb water from the environment and hold it. Just like wool and cotton fibers, human hair undergoes physical changes with changing weather conditions.
Like every other part of the body, hair requires special attention and a specialized treatment plan to limit the impact of cold temperatures during the winter months. Individuals with hair of different types may react differently to these seasonal changes. Curly hair has particular structural characteristics and may be particularly vulnerable. The variations in diameter along the curly hair shaft leave it prone to breakage, lots of frizz, dryness, and causes difficulty in maintaining your preferred style during the severe dry cold season. So, how do we take care of curly hair during the fall season?
Let's go through some basic scientific facts about how cold weather can be detrimental to curly hair and how to combat these cold, dry conditions and what products we recommend.
Effects of Colder Weather
Winters are notorious for their chilly temperatures (freezing in some areas), low humidity, and biting winds. Low humidity has the effect of drawing moisture from the air. This reduces the quality of your hair due to low moisture in the air. Water molecules linked with amino acids via hydrogen bonding are trapped inside the hair shaft thanks to decreased humidity. Adsorbed water molecules assure the structural integrity, mechanical properties, and elasticity of keratin protein.
Hair adsorption of water takes place via a two-way traffic mechanism influenced by the concentration gradient. The higher the moisture level in the air (high humidity), the more water molecules are absorbed by hair keratin, and vice versa. Humidity decreases in the winter, and the air becomes dry (less water concentration in the air); dry air attracts moisture from the hair shaft.
Curly Hair This Fall: How Do We Handle It?
Maintaining proper hair condition is critical to ensuring good hair quality during the winter months when temperatures drop and humidity levels plummet. Hair requires a sufficient number of water molecules to preserve hydrogen bonding, enhancing fiber elasticity and ease of styling.
So, how can we keep our hair from becoming dry?
Keep It Well-Conditioned
Cationic molecules in a conditioning agent adhere to negative sites on the hair shaft. The outer surface of the hair shaft is coated by this electrostatic bonding, keeping the inner hairs healthy. This helps to keep the hair's moisture level and protects it from external environmental factors.
Cationics blended with moisturizing extract and natural emollients further boost their efficacy. Moreover, the conditioner aligns cuticles at the outer layer improving the surface quality of the hair shaft. This minimizes mechanical resistance in combing and brushing, further controlling the hair damage.
Our Bouncecurl Ayurvedic Deep Conditioner is an excellent choice for this purpose. It is a blend of carefully crafted natural botanical extracts which improve hair moisture level. The addition of lactic acid, alpha-hydroxy acid, chamomile flower extract, and green tea extract delivers loads of moisture, maintaining the hair moisture level.
A leave-in conditioner is a must-have item for the winter months. Consumers spend the majority of their time outdoors in harsh winter weather. Applying a leave-in conditioner can help hair survive harsh outside conditions. Bounce Curl Moisture Balance Leave-In Conditioner performs precisely as intended. Its high content of Jojoba seed oil gives it an original aesthetic sensorial feel after just a few applications. This fantastic leave-in conditioner provides strong, lustrous, healthy, and silky hair.
Humectants are organic chemicals that can attract and retain water molecules. Glycerin and propylene glycol are examples of common humectants. The majority of the curly hair treatments on the market claim to promote "Hair Moisturizing," which uses either one or both in significantly higher concentrations. Water molecules from the air are attracted by these humectant molecules, transporting them to the hair shaft.
However, in humid, dry climates, they draw water molecules from the hair's core. This leaves hair more dehydrated, while glycerin or propylene glycol also leaves a sticky residue on the hair that is highly unappealing. That is why, during the winter months, it is strongly advised not to use these traditional humectant components for curly hair formulations. However, all of our products contain a very low percentage of glycerin. We use botanical extracts in our products soaked in glycerin as a preservative, and that's why we have to list glycerin in our products since it is present, but again, at a very low percentage.
Applying Oils & Butters
Dry hair requires a remedy to protect its natural moisture content. Oils, lipids, butter, or waxes works to form a lipophilic coating at the hair surface, protecting inner hair areas. Natural oils are preferred because of their natural, sustainable and multifunctional benefits. They can be applied directly or incorporated in a cream, lotion, or other forms of the formulation. Bounce Curl Avocado & Rose Oil Clump & Define Cream is a highly favored recipe having multiple butter and oils. The product is highly sought for dry curls and is recommended for fall.
Slow Down On Thermal Treatments
Blow drying and flat ironing are popular thermal treatments for hair styling. Hair water content is lost in excessive contact with high-temperature situations, leaving the hair drier. Furthermore, the outer hair layer may be severely damaged at high temperatures. Uneven diameter along the hair shaft may be even more susceptible during these heat treatments. To minimize moisture loss from your locks, it's best to avoid these thermal treatments during the winter months.
The Winter season is a busy time for everyone. It snows, and we all like to hibernate indoors during the cold months, but our hectic schedules expose us to harsh winter weather conditions. Hairs are severely damaged by the elements and become dry and coarse. To ensure hair quality and ease of manageability, a carefully planned hair care regimen is required.
Key Take-Away Tips:
- Minimize your exposure to dry winter conditions
- Avoid excessive washing. Always use a gentle moisturizing shampoo, preferably only once a week
- Use a detoxifying mask
- Use a deep conditioner having plenty of conditioning agents, natural emollients, and butter
- Apply a leave-in conditioner
- Once or twice a week at least, massage your hair with your preferred oil
- Avoid excessive use of heat
- Bounce Curl Enzyme Gentle Clarifying Shampoo, once or twice a week for hair cleansing
- Bounce Curl Super Smooth Cream Conditioner, apply after washing
- Bounce Curl Moisture Balance Leave-In Conditioner for everyday use.
- Bounce Curl Avocado & Rose Oil Clump & Define Cream, once a week for extremely damaged curly hair
- Bounce Curl, Light creme gel can be used every day for everyday styling