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Humectants: Keep ’em or Dump ’em

November 16, 2010

Even though NYC has been having some surprisingly mild weather lately, I know that the colder weather will be sneaking in shortly.  With that in mind, I figured that I better get my winter routine in order now.

Last winter, I left the products with humectants out of my regimen.  I had read that they could cause your hair to lose moisture.  After some thought and getting some ideas from a recent Oyin Handmade blog post about reworking the way certain products are used during the cold season, I’ve decided not to shelf the humectants this time around.

I only use two products that would have been scrapped for the winter: Oyin Handmade’s Juices & Berries and Honey Hemp Hair Conditioner.  Basically, instead of scrapping them , I am going to change how I use them.  I won’t be indulging in a liberal spray of J&B in the morning as I love to do in the summer time.   Instead, once a week or so, I will be spraying my hair with Juices & Berries before a nightly shower with my hair out, using some leave in conditioner (probably KBB Sweet Ambrosia) and sealing my hair with Butter Love , Shealoe or petroleum-free pomade.  My Honey Hemp with be regulated to deep conditioning mixes only.

The winter before last, I hadn’t given up humectants.  At the time, I had no idea that they weren’t supposed to be good for your hair during cold season.  I also wasn’t protective styling at all (wasn’t in my vocab yet).  My hair didn’t fare well that season, but I’m convinced that it was more of a protective styling issue than my use of humectants.  This time, I will be doing protective styling as well as continuing with the my usual products, whether they contain humectants or not, and only changing the technique with which I use them.  I’ll see what happens with this experiment and keep you posted.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. November 23, 2010 8:46 pm

    keep us posted with how humectants go this winter!

    ALSO! I’ll be in NYC this winter— would love to meet up and share a coffee or something…well not actually SHARE, but you know what I mean :)

    • Regina permalink*
      November 24, 2010 9:08 am

      Definitely! Let’s do that! :)

  2. Paula permalink
    September 16, 2012 9:56 pm

    Hi how are you I have a few question 1 what are some protective ways of styling my hair this winter.your hair texture is similar to mine, can you inform of you routine and regiment that you use. It has been five years since. My hair is natural for five years, but not growing.i would love to learn how to take care of it. And the type of prouducts you use. Thank you for this platform I really appreciate it looking forward in hearing from you.

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