Prepare For Harmattan
Now, it is this time that you find the rush for braids and weaves hoping to avoid breakage. The Harmattan is a dry and dusty West African trade wind. It blows south from the Sahara into the Gulf of Guinea between the end of November and the middle of March (winter). The temperatures can be as low as 3 degrees Celsius.(wikipedia.org). I lived in the Northern Region for a long period and I can boldy say that this season can bring out the worst in you; cracked lips, feet, bleeding nose, etc. The season also comes with dusty weather. Looking at the duration, it's safer to plan ahead of time. Here are few guidelines for the season:
- Stick to a wide tooth comb.
- Sheabutter and other oils are your friends.
- Deep condition your hair weekly. Since the Harmattan strips your hair of moisture, you have to endeavour to replace or replenish the moisture.
- Avoid direct heat your hair.
- Run away from plait million braids (the one called gari). How would you wash the hair thoroughly?
- Deal with the dust.Wash often, preferably with conditioner and use a head wrap or a scarf if your route is particularly dusty.
- Do not leave your weave or braids on for a too long time. Be sure to also wash the hair whilst in weaves or braids. You can also deep condition to help in moisture retention
- Drink sufficient amount of water daily to hydrate the body as well as the hair