Winter Looms


Summer begs for us to reveal every inch of our skin.

Summer arrives with its heat, short skirts and too much skin.

We all flaunt our best bits off, rocking strawberry blond hair and bright colours in our clothing. We enjoy the sun and even complain after we’ve spent far too much time in the sun, whilst trying to catch that ‘olive tan’ as though we’re of Mediterranean descent..

Winter though is really the worst for me. He creeps in using Autumn as his foreplay to prep us for what’s about to happen, yet Autumn just never truly shows us the extent of what Winter is capable of. If you haven’t started to create you A/W 12 wardrobe then darling, you are in for a bitter Winter.

By now most of us should have the boots for this coming season, trennies (trench coat) in this Winters cuts and styles and maybe if you feeling like bringing back the late 80’s, early 90’s then a red polo neck is probably sitting in your cupboard waiting for that one day which will announce Winters wrath.

In our preparations for this dreaded season, we include our hair.

 As much as clothing may seem like the only factor, it’s just half of the story. Hair requires more time, more patience, understanding and a lot of moisture to keep it from falling.

Ladies and Gents this isn’t time to play games!

This cold defines how you will enter the coming season (Spring/Summer) and what your coming out party will have you looking like.

Now last winter my hair barely survived and I was still staying in East London then. Now you would think the Coastal Winters with all that rain couldn’t be harsh but man, that wet cold just strips your hair. It’s my first Winter back in the Inland after a few years of being away and I have been thinking of different strategic creams and hairstyles to consider. Guys, I want to come out of this Winter looking like the swan which bloomed during the ugly.

I tried a new hairstyle in my quest to fight off Winter’s evil spell on me. I tried out a weave. It looked adorable once it had been completed.

 Now take note, I have had my dreadlocks since I was in Grade 12 and even though I may have had a weave, it was only for my Matric Dance. I was done with it after two weeks. This time I tried it out thinking I could manage a month of this and my hair (dreadlocks) would be covered from Winter’s reign, but I just couldn’t last. It made me itch, it drove me insane.

The weave which just didn't quite make it

I took it out and man I felt freedom but it doesn’t solve the hair dilemma, “What do I do for my hair this Winter?” I could keep using the tea tree oil and maybe start using avocado oil as well on my hair but will it help.

My quest to save my hair continues. At times though, it moves from just being the simple task of protecting my hair from winter and the shame it brings, to the reality of my need to retain my identity through whatever look I plan for the season. Maybe the weave just didn’t last because I felt like a granny version of myself. Miss All Natural and I’m struggling to find a way to look like Siviwe, but still have great hair.

Hair colour: this is crucial for us all.

Ladies changing your hair colour is essential for your survival of winter. Now please let’s take note, if you are changing your hair colour please do it now. Do not dye your hair mid winter because you would be looking for trouble. Your hair will be dry and brittle.

Darker hair always makes you look fresh during winter.

The Beret will always be your friend during winter.

Colin O'Mara Davis rocks a slick hair-do
at this past SA Fashion Week.
Winter hair can look good.

Now hairy issues aside, we still haven’t completed the full winter transformation and so we look at our skin.

 I discovered an amazing product which I have been recommending to everyone I see. Hemp Face Protector/Chanvre Crème Protectrice Visage – this is “the one,” guys. No jokes!!! I found this little gem at the Body Shop  or

Guys, ‘going green’ now has a pretty container, lives on wooden shelves and is displayed for the world to see. This product is amazing for dry, ashy, winter skin even in summer. Now they have this hand crème as well which also feels amazing on your lips, yes I said it. It’s better than any lip balm I’ve tried. If you struggle to keep your brown, olive or tanned skin feeling luxurious, try this.

Winter can’t dominate our lives now.


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