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By Keisha Jo Lawler

Saturday, October 30, 2010.

For us Brits, autumn can be a tricky time of year. You never know what the morning will bring, be it blazing sunshine or mist and grey gloom (the wardrobe challenges alone...sigh). It makes me think ahead to what challenges we face with our on coming winter season. Last winter was so bad weather wise it would be foolish not to give a thought ahead and make some careful preparations.

The first thing is to get your head around the idea of protective styles. A protective style is exactly what it says. A style of wearing your hair that protects it from the elements, be it indoor heating which is great at pulling the moisture out of your skin and hair or once outside as romantic as it looks in the movies having your hair whipping behind you with the ice cold wind blowing through it will soon leave you with dry brittle strands that snap and break and leave you in tears....and to fumble to make sense of it in the bathroom mirror!

So get creative start experimenting and see what styles you like to do that suits you for both work and play. The easiest protective style is a bun. You don’t need a degree to put your hair up and tuck your ends away to protect them. Head for the high street and pick up some accessories to give you options. Before any protective style take the opportunity to apply some nourishing oil, moisturiser or hair butter to give your hair a great treatment at the same time.

Great options to protect you natural hair from the elements include corn rows and double strand twists. Just be sure that you do not apply too much tension to your hair strands as this can lead to hair loss and damaged hair plus unwelcome tension headaches.

Scenario you are at college or work all day long:

Hair in a beautiful protective do, in tea/ lunch breaks use a moisture spray which gives your curls a nice refreshing  mist to top up and protect your hair throughout the day without having to touch your curls. While you are at it go have a quick peep at your face and apply some moisturiser to your skin. Chances are if your hair is dry your skin is suffering too and needs a little tender loving care.

Step up your protein treatments if you have fine textures and for thicker hair types increase the moisture treatments on your hair.

If you don’t have the length to do protective styles this winter. Follow the same cares tips and ensure you keep your hair covered either with a silk lined beret while outdoors and indoors just keep adding your moisturiser of choice to keep your curls moist and supple. The weather is changing but all it takes is a few adjustments to your curl routine. Don’t let it stop you from wearing your natural curls with pride!

Keisha Jo Lawler is the founder of British Curlies - the UK's only online web resource of naturally curly hair. So those are a few tips. For more information and product advice you can visit http://www.britishcurlies.co.uk/ 



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