With winter’s blustery winds and freezing temperatures soon approaching, now is the time to start thinking about what you’re going to do with your hair. Me, I was planning on just wearing twists, but when I thought about it, and I mean really thought about it, I knew that wasn’t going to cut it.
Our hair is very fragile and brisk Ol’ Man Winter is not any kind of a friend. Back in the day, I used to do my wash-n-go all year round, including during winter. I thought it was cool that my hair would freeze and I’d pretend to be a she-demon as the steam visibly rose off my head. Now, I know better. I must protect my ends!
It’s hard to find protective styles without going the “fake” route, and that road’s not all that it’s cracked up to be. But, good winter styles can be created from high, low and side buns, bantu knots, twisted buns, French braids with the ends tucked under, a cornrowed bun….let your imagination run wild. And, it will have to run wilder if you have a TWA, so…enter the hat!
A nice, soft winter cap is crucial, but don’t just flop it on your head and go. Trust me, as a crocheter, I’ve fallen for a million beautiful wool winter caps, but if it’s not silk or satin, it will be brutal to your hair. The tiny fibers in wool, cotton and other natural materials (excepting silk) will break off your precious hair strands while soaking up every inch of moisture you so painstakingly added to your hair.
Think of it this way, if your hair is treated to the comforting arms of silk or satin at night, why wouldn’t you do the same on a cold winter’s day? If you do buy a winter cap, at least take the time to sew in a satin or silk lining before you put it on your head.
Or, stay tuned for the unveiling of my Etsy shop where you can purchase my handmade silk winter caps, silk- and satin-lined winter caps, and silk elastic head bands, hair ties and scrunchies!