Going natural was one of the best decisions I have ever made.
I've been natural since May 2009. I did my big chop (BC) in October of the same year. That's going on 8 years since I've had the creamy crack anywhere near my head! It's been a long journey and I've had my ups and downs, but I can say I do not regret my choice.
I ended up doing a second BC shortly after I gave birth in 2015 out of personal preference. Since my latest BC, my hair has become stronger, thicker, and longer than ever. I don't have plans on cutting it again (except for the occasional trim), especially now that I have more knowledge on what works best for my hair.
Now if you don't know by now, I hate the cold (you can see my post about being stuck in a snowstorm here). My hair also hates the cold. Then again, find me a sista whose hair doesn't mind the cold.
And when you do find her, let me know. I gotta couple of questions for her.
During the winter, I wear as many protective styles as possible. I don't even like exposing my 'fro in the winter. Obviously, I have to let my hair breathe at times. In the future, I will post detailing my fall and winter hair regime. For now, I just want to give a quick overview of how I protect my hair from the winter cold.
Probably my number one way to protect my hair from the cold when I have to let it breathe. Beanies are fashionable, lightweight, and can be worn almost anywhere. I usually twist my hair underneath, but there have been occasions where I am in a rush and have to slap it on over the 'fro. If you plan on wearing a beanie, try to line the inside with satin so your hair stays moisturized.
2.) Crochet Braids
I started wearing crochet braids in 2016. OMG, they have changed my life. Crochet braids are so natural-looking, it has been mistaken for my actual hair. I actually just removed my crochet braids, but I'll add pictures above of the times I've worn the braids so far this season.
Wigs are perfect because I can protect my hair from the cold when I go out and let my hair breathe as soon as I walk in the door. I tend to wear mostly curly wigs, but sometimes I switch it up and wear a straight wig. I don't spend much on my wigs either. I think the most I have ever spent is $60 and it didn't even last that long. I will also wear half-wigs, depending on how I'm feeling that day.
Bonus - Satin Bonnet
Y'all, don't judge me. If I have no plans on walking out the house, best believe I will moisturize my hair, twist it up, and put it right back into the satin bonnet I slept with. I have no shame. Hey, I'm a busy mom. Be glad I even do that much.
What are your favorite ways of protecting your hair during the winter? Leave a comment below!
And for real, find me the chick whose hair actually agrees with winter. I'm talking cold weather winter, not Florida winter.