Not only do I dislike winter because I hate being cold, I also hate what it does to my hair, skin, and nails. So here are some tips to help make sure you survive the winter while maintaining our beauty. These tips are for everyone! Relaxed, natural, transitioning, etc.

1. Keep hair moisturized– wash your hair once a week and use and deep condition! Leave your conditioner in your hair an extra 10-15 minutes and also use a leave-in once you’ve finished your final rinse.Use water-based moisturizing creams and natural oils like coconut, olive, and jojoba to make sure your hair is hydrated and to also add the luxurious shine.

2. Try protective hair styles like wigs, braids, and weaves to prevent harsh elements from damaging your hair and low manipulation hairstyles like buns, twist-outs, and flexi-rods to minimize the amount of brushing and combing that causes shedding. Also wear hats!

3. Quench dry skin– Drink lots of water to make sure you are hydrated. Water does improve the quality of your hair, skin, and nails

4. Moisturize your skin– avoid using soaps and body washes with drying elements like alcohol. Once you are out of the shower don’t dry off fully, apply a creamy lotion or oil- to lock in the moisture.When it comes to your face, use a slightly heavier moisturizer in the morning before you leave for work or school.

5. Moisturize your hands, feet, and lips- There is nothing worse than cracked hands, lips, and feet. At night, after your shower apply a creamy moisturizing lotion to your hands and feet and put on cotton gloves and socks, respectively, for a few hours to lock in the moisture. Also always carry some sort of moisturizing lip balm. Not the M.A.C. or YSL. Something with moisturizing elements like Nivea or my personal favorite, C.O. Bigelow My Favorite Lip Balm No. 303 with 100% natural shea butter. Your hands, feet, and lips will thank you.

DON’T FORGET TO WEAR SUNSCREEN!

Here are some products that you should try

What are some of your skin care/beauty tips for the cold weather?

Last week I had the opportunity to attend the press introduction of a new haircare collection called “Beautiful Textures” presented by The Garner Circle at the Tribeca Grand Hotel

Beautiful Textures “Intense Moisture” is a new haircare collection designed for mixed textures- curly, wavy, kinky-coily, and frizzy. At the press introduction National Marketing Director for Strength of nature Global, LLC Charlene Bastien and Natural Hair Stylist, Tress Talk, and Beautiful Texture Ambassador Kimberly Walker were the presenters.

Charlene Bastien shared with us the history of the company and the goal Strength of Nature Global, LLC,  through Beautiful Textures which is to  provide innovative hair care solutions that specifically address the critical hair care needs, styling, and desires for consumers of color

Kimberly Walker of Tress Talk and BET.com gave great styling and haircare advice. One thing that she STRESSED was the importance of keeping your hair moisturized and hydrated. Most of the time our hair breaks and lacks shine because of the lack of moisture. The first step in having great hair is using a great shampoo. You can have one of the best conditioners, but if your shampoo is not a moisturizing one your hair will lack moisture.

She also showed us various styling techniques like elaborate pompadours and two-strand twists.

The collection is extremely affordable. Every product is under $7. Here is a list of what the product line consists of

  • Tangle Taming Shampoo $6.29
  • Tangle Taming Leave-In Conditioner $6.29
  • Rapid Repair Deep Conditioner $6.49
  • Curl Control Defining Pudding $6.49
  • Moisture Butter Whipped Curl Creme $6.49
  • Shine & Silken Growth Oil $6.49
  • Curlty to Straight Flat Iron Silkener $6.99

The products are enriched with Aloe Vera, Coconut, Olive, Soy, Argan Oil, Shea and Mango Butter. These are great products that will provide moisture and shine to your hair. These are some of the best ingredients. What I love most about these products are although they are designed specifically for natural hair wearers, the products also works well on relaxed and other chemically treated hair. Kim Walker also mentioned that the products are great for transitioners as well.

I attended the event with my friend Kim and we ran in to Danielle of The Style and Beauty Doctor  and Carmen of Lipstick Fashion Mascara (Love all of their blogs!)

They had three HUGE gift bags to giveaway and I was lucky to be one of the winners! I got the full product line! I started using the products this week. I will have a complete review in the near future, so look out for that.

Beautiful Textures Intense Moisture Collection will be available this winter. So be on the look out! In the meantime connect with them on Twitter @lovinmytextures and on Facebook