Humans are particularly sensitive to humidity and its changes. The drier the air becomes, the more moisture it pulls from whatever sources are available to it -- and that includes your body. During cold winter months, using heaters inside lowers humidity even more, causing more moisture to evaporate from your skin into the air and leave your skin even drier. As a result, your lips and hands may crack, peel, become irritated, and even become infected, reports the National Health Museum. Additionally, as moisture leaves your body due to low humidity during cold months, you perceive lower than actual temperatures and feel even colder that it actually is, which also drives up energy costs from using heaters to feel more comfortable indoors.
What does this have to do with hair care, you might be asking? A lot.
I often wondered why hair and scalp health practices are not taken into account during the changing seasons. For instance, in summer months, excessive humidity can cause frizz. Therefore, you need to employ treatments and styles that will help defend against the Frizz Season. We're now entering the dry and cold seasons. So, hair care treatments must be adjusted to help maintain healthy hair during this time of year.
As mentioned by the National Health Museum, colder temperatures and lower humidity rooms can wreck havoc on the body. While it is rarely talked about, both hair and scalp can be sapped of its hydration and moisture due to the inside and outside temperatures. To help avoid the affects of changing temperatures and drier months, I recommend the following 5 tips:
1. Proper hydration always starts from the inside out. Drink half your weight in ounces. In other words, if you weigh 140 pounds you should be consuming 70 ounces of water per day. For a low-calorie twist on water, trying sparkling water or club soda with a few drops fresh fruit juice. It makes consuming water more enjoyable AND you can avoid the calorie laden juices sold in grocery and convenient stores.
2. Use a humidifier. You can keep your room and body better hydrated during the low humidity and colder months with a good humidifier.
3. Use the Huetiful Hair Steamer each week or every other week as part of your conditioning and hydration regimen. Even if you aren't using heat on your hair, your hair can become dry during this time of year and a weekly infusion of hydration will help keep the dryness away.
4. Other methods of providing additional moisture to the air around you is to fill bathtubs with water, place containers of water in your rooms, or boil water on the stove to provide the air with additional sources of moisture when humidity is low.
5. To help protect dry and flaky scalp, gently massage a healthy oil or oil blend into your scalp. Many times we misdiagnose "flaky scalp" and we think that it is dandruff. The flaky scalp can come from a lack of hydration and/or oil naturally secreted by the scalp. We make a 100% certified organic blend of Moringa Oil and Coconut Oil called Huetiful de la Moringa Oil. We like it because moringa oil is loaded with biotin and other healthy hair promoting nutrients.
It is possible to maintain healthy hair throughout the year with a few tweaks and changes to your hair care regimen. Understanding how to incorporate these changes throughout the year will significantly improve your hair care journey.
We've all fallen
victim to a bad hair day, courtesy of the frizz monster. And let’s face it, there may not be a 100%
cure, but there are ways to fight back for cuteness sake!
born with naturally frisky hair, or just battling Mother Nature, we’re here to
Check out our top
seven savvy tips to kiss your frantic frizz woes goodbye and say hello to
1. Be conscience of the climate and choose your hairstyle wisely: Humidity causes natural hair cuticles to
expand. While knowing this, try to keep your hair off your neck. Try a chic
curly up do’ or Grecian inspired braids.
Protein Conditioner/Treatment: Regardless of what you do, if you’re not feeding
your hair… with protein, it will frizz out quickly and completely. Protein
3. Frizz Serum: Whether
you have silky smooth hair or naturally curly q’s, humidity can turn your hair
from fierce to a frizzy frazzled fuzz ball in just seconds. Luckily for you,
there are a variety of affordable frizz serums and styling sprays, to keep that
fab do in shape. Check out Avon’s Frizz Control Serum with Lotus Shield, for only $9.99,
available at Avon.com.
4. Moisture, moisture, moisture! While it may seem that I am screaming this
at you… I am! Many of us neglect this step, but just like your body, your hair
is thirsty. Think about it. What do you do, when your body needs hydration?
(this is not a trick question) You drink water! This goes for your hair as
well. Each season, your lovely tresses are exposed to a variety of climate
changes, heat, extreme cold weather, and all of the tools we use to sustain our
lovely locks during this time. We suggest a steamer, such as our product, the Huetiful Hair Steamer, for a low cost of $114.95. Not only is it
affordable, it provides you with a salon quality tool, for at home use, at your
5. Sleep On it: If you’re
like most of us, and get caught up in the morning rush, reduce the damage to
early morning blow dryer and flat iron sessions. Wrap your already styled coif at night, with
a scarf. From your grandma’s hand me down goodies, to the $1 handkerchiefs
available at Hobby Lobby, there are several stylish options to choose from.
What are your favorite
ways to kick frizz in the butt?! Do share…
With so much information on the internet, how is one to
really know what’s good in the world of coils, kinks, curls, and silky coifs?!
Blogs are riddled with common questions on the frequency of shampooing, heat
damage, tips for hair growth, and to relax or not to relax, that is the
question. It’s no surprised that our crispy ends aren't the only one’s
stressing out. Thankfully, we’re here to soothe you natural hair myth woes.
Trimming your hair will make it grow faster.
“While frequent trims are great for removing split ends, they don’t actually
make your hair grow faster,” says Ursula Stevens (stylist to the stars). In
other words… ladies stop skipping your maintenance appointments. Cut those
crispy ends! Ignoring your split ends
will only cause further damage to your strands, as the split ends creep up your
Mane Myth: Hair with curls and coils don’t need to be
Tress Truth: Wash your hair at least once a week. Infrequent shampooing can result in oil,
dirt, product buildup, and scalp conditions such as dandruff, that can weigh
down your hair, making it look dull or even worse… greasy! If you’re concerned
about the damage or dryness that shampooing can cause, consider a sulfate-free
Mane Myth: Black women can’t grow long hair.
Tress Truth: Black women CAN and DO grow their hair long!
The challenge is that many women do a lot to their hair and as a result, the locs
can suffer. The longer you hair is, the more attention it needs. Keep up your
trims, oil those ends, wear protective hairstyles, drink plenty of water, and
(if necessary) ease off of the chemicals and harsh heating items.
Mane Myth: Natural hair is unprofessional.
Tress Truth: Being in Atlanta, Huetiful spies naturalistas
daily. You can see these fierce naturals working as teachers, lawyers, social
workers, actresses, etc. As long as you don’t look like you arrived fresh off
of the treadmill, all hair types can be pretty and professional.
Mane Myth: Water is evil. It will dry out your hair.
Tress Truth: Lies Ladies! When you’re thirsty, what do
you drink? When your hair is thirsty, what do you think you hair should be drinking?
Right, “water”. Water is one of the BEST ways to hydrate your lovely locks.
Don’t be afraid to use it. And don’t forget that health hair starts from the
inside. So, work on drinking at least 8 cups (64 ounces) of water a day and
make hair steaming a regular part of your hair hydration regimen.
Who is Huetiful?!
Based out of Atlanta, one of America’s top rising cities for
black entrepreneurs is the innovative Huetiful.
Derived from the word “hues”; which means colors and shades,
Huetiful’s mission is “to provide innovative and effective beauty care
solutions for women of all hues. We understand that in an increasingly more
global and diverse world, beauty care solutions need to be designed from a much
more holistic stand point; focused on the unique needs of huetiful women.
The diverse and dynamic Huetiful may be located in Hotlanta,
but it’s roots reside in Washington Heights, NY. Spanish Harlem, also known as
“The Heights” heavily inspires and influences this brands flavorful, diverse,
and effective product portfolio and passion for beauty; offering a variety of
hair goodies for women of all diversities.
“Huetiful thrives on providing excellent customer
experiences and in doing so, we try to meet and exceed the needs of our
Huetiful community. As a multi-racial woman, it has been a challenge to
maintain my curly, yet sometimes frizzy, dry, and damaged coif. It wasn’t until
I joined the Huetiful team, that I became a believer in their products.” -
Customer Experience/Associate Brand Manager, Ruthie Hawkins
From your itchy scalp to your crispy ends to your many skin
woes, Huetiful has you covered.
“We are committed to pushing the envelope to produce and
create effective beauty care solutions, products, and services. That is the
Huetiful Promise. It is also why we offer a 45 day, 100% money back guarantee.
as well as free shipping and free returns. We want the Huetiful community to
try and sample our products and determine for themselves if they should
incorporate them into their beauty care regimen. Personally, I would question
companies that don’t stand by their products with that kind of promise.” -
Founder & President Ken Burkeen
Stay tuned, as Huetiful continues to press the
envelope, creating new innovative hair care solutions, for the chic, fun, and