Another up and down, topsy turvy weather week in Chicago! This weekend, literally, it was snowing sideways. And today the sun is shining and the sky is blue. Go figure!

Finally I’m settled down enough to go through all of your amazing entries for the Creme of Nature Argan oil giveaway. You guys are the BEST, can I just start off by saying that? Your answers were so thoughtful and so thorough, it was hard to choose just ten of you! But choose I must. So without further ado, here are the ten lucky winners of Creme of Nature goodies, and their BEST tips for winter hair care!

1. LaNeshe says:

My winter hair care tip would be realize that your hair reacts differently and needs different things in the winter. At first, I couldn’t understand why people switched up their regimens with the seasons, but I’ve come to learn that between the heat on in buildings, the freezing air outside,and wearing our hair under drying hats, hair needs more moisture and more care in the winter. Acknowledging that you have to update your regimen for the winter is imperative.

2. Imani says:

My best winter hair care tip is hair steaming. It is a great deep conditioning treatment for hair and especially natural hair since natural hair is prone to dryness because of the tight coils/curls. Steaming hair in the winter is a must try because it improves scalp blood flow circulation and opens the hair follicles and shaft encouraging moisture penetration.

Also, adding a weekly steam treatment to your hair routine will speed up your moisture balance process.

I recommend all naturals to try the steaming treatment.

3. Laionda Green says:

My best hair care tip during the long cold winter months is to add plenty of moisture to your hair. Moisture Moisture Moisture!!! This is the best way to ensure that hair does not become so dry; the cold winds can dry it out so quickly. I make sure that I do not use any type of heat on my hair. Heat would definitely be an additional stress on your hair, making it dry (something that we are trying to avoid). I moisturize my hair and then I seal in the moisture with oil (usually olive oil). During these months I would stress that you should leave your hair in protective styles. I’m currently sporting long Senegalese twists. I sleep with a satin bonnet to avoid cottons and wool because they can dry out your hair. I’ve been natural ever since I was younger and these steps have never failed me : ).

4. Ayana says:

Mini Twists, Mini Twists and more Mini Twists. While they are time consuming to put in they are a LIFE SAVER. I keep mine in for a least three weeks at a time (Four if my hair is “acting right”). With this style I cut down on manipulation, but am able to keep the versatility I love so much about my natural hair. I can do SOOO many styles with these twist in and another added bonus that my hair grows like weeds while in this protective style. It’s low maintenance (I just moisturize at night and put on a bonnet and shake and go in the morning), it stands up to the elements and did I mention it allows for CUTE styling ideas. I don’t know what I would do without my mini twists!!!!

5. Angela says:

The best thing to keep your hair looking healthy and full of life is to eat as healthy as you can: plenty of Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and B vitamins. Along with that, drink all the water you can. If you are going to wear a hat, remember to put a silk lining inside or wear a silk scarf underneath so it won’t dry your hair out. Another hair killer is stress. Just relax and try not to worry so much!

6. Kishia says:

The best winter advice tip I can offer is to wear protective styles- and plenty of them! I’ve become pretty creative over the years in wearing protective styles during the winter months. Doing so keeps the ends of my hair from being exposed and helps it to remain moisturized much longer. It’s also a good way to minimize split ends and tangled hair.

Today I’m rocking my straw set. And yes, bellas, I actually use drinking straws to achieve this style. As is ages, it gets fluffier, bigger, and looks even better.

A few other styles,-flat strand twists, buns, and two strand twists. Of course, feel free to create your own. But the best thing by far that works for me is protective styling. You hair will thank you for it later

7. Keesha “Kay” says:

Using an oil based product (e.g. hot oil treatment) during your shampoo and conditioning routine will help you seal in additional moisture for the cold winter months. Because the wind can be very harsh on our natural kinks, curls, locks and coils, we MUST protect our hair with silk/satin coverings when outdoors. Also, it is important to recognize that excessive use of product is not the same as moisturizing the hair. In fact, too much product can adversely affect the hair. Use products like those on the CoN Argan Oil line that are moisture based and be consistent with your regimen. Finally, try to go with protective up-do’s if you have length and sassy pin-ups or side-do’s for short to medium length.

8. Unika Howell-Molden says:

I have found that during the winter months. My skin is dry, scalp is dry and my hair is even more dry. I know now that I must take care of my inside and stay hydrated so that my hair will continue to be soft,silky and shiny. I add ground flax seeds to my meals, olive oil to my bath water and a mix of oils to all of my products. Most of all, I make sure that I’m taking my supplements like 4 Vitamin E pills a day and Multi Vitamins. To make a long story short,a healthy inside will reflect a healthy outside….

9. Queen Eye Cee says:

In order to add and maintain maximum moisture to kinky/curly/coily tresses, I’d suggest utilizing the L.O.C Method (Liquid-Oil-Cream) made famous by BlackOnyx77. You first spritz your hair with a H2O/Aloe-Vera based product (water = moisture), then lock in the moisture from the water with an all natural oil/all natural oil blend, finally to insure that all that moisturization is thoroughly locked in, one should apply a cream based product which is usually a butter/butter blend of some sort… Hope this tip helps someone!!!

10. Nep says:

The best tips during winter are:
-to use protective styles a lot more in order to protect your ends( nothing fancy is needed it could be as simple as putting your hair in a ponytail, a bun, twists or braids)…even wearing a hat with a satin or silk scarf under would also do the trick
-to not manipulate your hair too much
-make sure to deep condition regularly
-shampoo less often. When I do shampoo, I like to dilute my shampoo then add a few drops of peppermint oil & massage my scalp because it helps with circulation
– moisturize, moisturize, & moisturize some more!!…i achieve this by spraying my hair with a mixing of water and aloe vera juice or gel & sealing the moisture with a home made shea butter mixture or store bought heavy cream. I also make sure to oil my edges, nape as well as my scalp (only if needed)with a heavier oil, such as castor oil, preferably.
i think it’s also important to give the hair time to dry on your wash day, i always picture going outside with wet hair & coming back home with frozen hair lol
& don’t forget your satin bonnet/scarf/pillow case when you go to bed

And THOSE are some of the BEST hair care tips! So many of you offered great tips, it was hard to choose just ten. If you didn’t win this giveaway, worry not — there’s another fabulous giveaway right around the corner, so keep reading and keep entering!

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LaNeshe says:
March 5, 2012, 7:54 pm
Great tips! I am so excited to have won!
Chriselle Sy says:
March 6, 2012, 12:26 am
Argan oil! I've heard so much good about it... soon I'll try it. :)
Keesha "Kay" says:
March 6, 2012, 10:31 am
Argan oil is great and provides deep penetrating hydration. A wonderful way to use it is as a hot oil treatment immediately after your wash-out conditioning. Massage and penetrate the heated oil in the scalp and move from root to end. Place a cap over your hair for about 10 minutes, do a gentle comb through (not much because you will comb through during your leave-in conditioning treatment) and rinse. At this point, you will only need a moderate amount of leave-in (remember...we don't want build-up) and enjoy a natural healthy luster. I usually do natural twist-outs, but I silked my hair out yesterday evening to do a much needed trim. When the flat iron silks the hair, you should witness a beautiful sheen without adding additional product. If this is the end result, your hair is retaining the necessary moisture during your regimen. You should not have to add additional moisture for several days (this may vary during winter months) and protect that hair from any wind chill with a silk scarf! Happy Healthy Hair Journey! =)
Queen Eye Cee says:
March 6, 2012, 12:19 pm
I'm so humbly grateful to have my suggestion chosen as 1 of the 10 winners, all of the tips contributed were great!!!
Imani says:
March 7, 2012, 8:10 pm
Yay! I'm so happy I won. I will be using all of these products. Thanks Afrobella & Creme of Nature.
Laionda Green says:
March 9, 2012, 9:46 am
Wow it is such a blessing that I have been chosen to receive such great products. Congratulations everyone, great tips. Thank you so much Afrobella and Creme of Nature.
Imani says:
March 25, 2012, 11:11 am
Trying to remain patient. Still haven't received my package of products from the mail yet. I hope to receive it soon it's been a while.
Angela says:
March 29, 2012, 11:04 am
I got my package of products yesterday and used them right away. I love them, especially the shampoo and the Strength and Shine leave in conditioner. I will definitely be purchasing them when my wonderful prize supply runs out. Thanks again, Bella!
Ochena Bikel says:
May 31, 2013, 1:08 pm
I have read about Argan oil, but now got enough information about it. I Will surely give it a try


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