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Harmattan is Here! 5 Tips on How to Care for your Hair, Skin and Body

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It has been very dry lately in fact even drier than usual which is as a result of harmattan. 

Harmattan is a dry, dusty season that occurs across West Africa between November to March. Whilst we enjoy a cooler climate during this period it can be dry and detrimental to our skin and hair. Here are some tips on how to take care of your skin, hair and body during this very dry season: 

 

Stay Hydrated

If you are not much of a water drinker, H20 has to be your best friend right now. This will be beneficial for your hair and skin and your overall physical health. Make sure to drink at least 2 litres of water a day which translates to about 8 glasses a day or 4 small bottles of water a day. You do not have to consume so much water at once, it is better to pace yourself. 



Keep Hair Moisturised

 Remember we have spoken about the LOC method? Just in case you do not remember, the LOC stands for Liquid, Oil and Cream and is a method that is effective in moisturising and sealing the hair. Water or a water based product (e.g mist/leave-in conditioner) for the Liquid, a sealant such as an any oil of your preference (e.g coconut oil, olive oil) for Oil and a cream/butter to keep the moisture in which will aid in hydration of the hair for Cream. Try our  Riza Hydrating Mist, Avocado Oil and Coconut Hair Butter. You can use the LOC method each time your hair starts to feel dry. 

 


Exfoliate Regularly

Make sure you are exfoliating your skin regularly (1-2 times a week) as this will get rid of the dead skin and allow for your face and body moisturiser to work more effectively. Do not use harsh exfoliants on your face and body. Try our Riza body oil. This will leave your skin smooth and hydrated  after exfoliation. 



Protective Styling

Keep your hair in more protective styles. You can put your hair in twists or cornrows after using the LOC method. Make sure your scalp and hair are moisturised under your wigs and whilst your hair is in braids, to avoid breakage and excess shedding due to the dry season.  



Healthy Diet

Lastly, make sure you’re consuming food that help with the hydration and moisture of your skin, hair and body.
For example; avocados, bananas, nuts are really good with keeping the hair and skin moisturised. Your diet plays a big part in how moisturised your skin and hair will be.

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  • Reni Oshodi
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