Like it or not, Harmattan is here again!
Just in case you’re not familiar with west African climate, harmattan is the period of the year (usually between end of November to middle of March) that is characterised by cold, dry and dust-laden wind with wide fluctuations in the ambient temperatures of day and night. Harmattan doesn’t do much good for our skin and hair so it’s important to take some extra beauty measures to help combat the harsh effects of the weather.
In light of that, I’ll be sharing some tips on how to maintain your body in the best possible shape all through this season.
1). Reduce washing of hair to once or twice a week as washing strips hair of its natural oils and further dries it out. Preferably use a hydrating shampoo and moisturising conditioner.
2). Don’t completely dry your hair to retain a bit of moisture.
3). Ensure you oil your hair everyday with a moisturising hair cream mixed with natural oils such as coconut oil, olive oil and shea butter to prevent flaking and split ends.
4). Wear your hair in protective styles to protect your ends from drying and breaking off.
5). Avoid use of hair gels, spritz and strong hair hold. Hair sprays and styling mousse may be used instead.
6). Scarves, hats and other hair accessories are your hair’s best friend this season. They offer protection for your hair and are very fashionable too.
1). To preserve your body oil, use mild moisturising soaps or body bath creams. You can also add a few drops of oil to your bathing water.
2). Do not towel your body completely dry after bathing. Applying cream/oil on damp skin helps to retain about 10% moisture and your skin will definitely thank you for this. Also remember to use hand cream during the day and before going to bed at night.
3). You might want to keep your alcohol or astringent-containing facial cleansers and toners away for now. Instead, make use of mild cleansers with a neutral pH of 5.5. Don’t forget to always moisturise after cleansing.
4). Invest in a good lip balm, lip salve or lip gloss. Dry, cracked lips are never attractive. Give your matte lippies a break and opt for moisturising lipsticks instead. Or simply apply lip balm/gloss before or after your lipstick. Also ensure you moisturise your lips at night before sleeping.
And that’s it! Tips to enjoying healthy hair and skin throughout the dry season.
I hope you found this helpful? What other tips do you know for caring for the hair and skin during harmattan? Please share!