Products My Hair Is Loving This Winter

Thursday, January 30, 2014


I don't know about your winter, but where I live winter has been pretty intense! Between the frigid cold temperatures, snow, and air seemingly void of any moisture - my skin and hair has needed extra attention in the moisture department. In this kind of weather I try to keep my styling regimen pretty simple, and I usually rotate between a few go-to styles. My winter protective style of choice is the bun, and when my hair is not tucked away in a protective style I'm usually wearing it out in a bantu knot out.  The products pictured are the ones I've been reaching for the most this winter - and my hair has been loving each and every one of them.

Water. Ok, so technically this is not a product. But water in my spray bottle always gets a mention because it is the perfect source of moisture and I try to spritz my hair with water every day - especially during the cold weather season.

Jojoba Oil. As you can see from the picture, I am almost out of this oil! And that's because I literally use it for everything. I oil rinse with it, use it to seal my ends, and I even use it on my skin. Check out My Little Love Affair With Oils post for more oils I love.

LOC Inspirations Pink Sugar Shea Butter. This one took me by surprise because my hair never used to be a fan of shea butter. At all. Yet ever since my sister gave me this little jar of heaven over the holidays, my hair and skin has been drinking it up! I use it to smooth and seal my strands as I put my hair in bantu knots at night. Not only has it been an amazing sealer but it smells aaaah-mazing!

Oyin Hair Dew. This has been a long time winter favorite and year-round staple in my product stash. And as long as Oyin keeps making this creamy magic-in-a-bottle, I will keep using it. This has also become my main styler of choice for my bantu knotouts.

Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Anti-Humidity Hairspray. I literally hadn't used any kind of hairspray since my relaxer days, so this is another product that took my natural hair by complete surprise this winter.  I had the travel sized version when I randomly used it one night on a completed set of bantu knots to see if I would get some non-crunchy hold when I took down the bantu knots. I don't like to pile on alot of heavy products when I do my bantu knotouts, so hairspray seemed like a logical way to achieve a bit of extra hold without making my hair too wet or weighing it down. And I'm not sure if its because this particular hairspray is water-based, but I've found that it is not drying to my hair and it does not leave it feeling crunchy.

Camille Rose Naturals Almond Jai Twisting Butter. Contrary to its name, the consistency of this super moisturizing styler is more creamy than butter-y to me. I love using this to twist or bantu knot my hair because it glides on my strands very easily and leaves it feeling like it just got a drink of water. I think this one will be on staple product status in 2014 :)

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11 comments

  1. Oyin Hair Dew has become my new staple product thanks to your recommendation and I have truly enjoyed it. <3

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    1. Yaaay! So glad you like it. It's definitely awesome :)

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  2. I love Oyin Hair Dew and Camille Rose Almond Jai too. Your photos are also amazing!

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  3. Your artistry is always amazing to me. I am in love with Oyin's Hair Dew as well and I have discovered that my hair loves butters this winter and it has saved my hair.

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    1. Awww thank you so much! The hair dew is one of my absolute favorite products of all time!

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  4. I hope that this isn't a silly question, but I notice a lot of naturals use water to add moisture to their hair almost daily, but water creates a lot of shrinkage for me, so unless I'm shampooing I don't ever use it. Am I missing out on something that my hair could greatly benefit from? Does that happen to you when you use water daily and if so what do you do to maintain such beautiful twist outs and bantu knot outs?

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    1. Hey Gigi - not a silly question at all! Water is in fact the perfect source of moisture for hair, but what's different for every head of hair is how much of it you need - and that depends on a variety of factors that will be different for everyone - i.e., your hair's porosity, how dry your hair feels, the water-based products you are already using, the style you are going for, etc. My hair is low porosity so it takes quite a bit of water to fully saturate it. When I add water to my hair daily, its usually just a light mist all over - not enough to saturate my hair and cause shrinkage. But I don't always mist daily - ultimately I go off of how dry my hair feels, so sometimes its every other day. And of course its always good to followup with sealing in the moisture. Also if I am re-twisting or re-doing bantu knots, I will sometimes skip misting the section with water if I am already using a water-based product to re-do my hair (i.e., water is the first ingredient listed on the product). For example, when I re-do my bantu knots I almost always use the Oyin hair dew as my styler. The hair dew is water-based - so there is no need to mist my hair with water first when I am using it. Then I seal with an oil or butter. I hope this helps! :)

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  5. Thank you so much for the response. Very very helpful. I just have to figure out how porous my hair is and I wasn't even taking into consideration the type of products that I use. Thanks again for the information!

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