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Michelle Mazhanga: Beauty Wisdom: Winter hair on point



By Michelle Mazhanga

Winter is just one of those nasty seasons when you need to take extra care of your hair to ensure less damage.  And if you’re African you know that your hair will suffer the most. The cold temperatures will drain the moisture from your tresses.

For this reason, it’s important to protect the hair from moisture loss, especially if you look to weaves and extensions for survival.

Every woman knows the importance of beautiful hair, it can make a good day go bad and vice versa so let’s make this article worth the read.



1.Get into a routine. Try creating your own step by step routine for the mornings and nights, your hair will benefit from this during the cold months. (Your routine should include some form of moisture and protein)

2.Cover your hair at night. Some people wear satin wraps or bonnets to prevent friction with the hair and pillowcase; others sleep with a satin pillowcase. However during the winter the air is colder at night, covering your hair at night will help keep the moisture in, if you want to you could try covering your hair with two satin scarves or bonnets

3. Avoid chemicals. Chemical and hair coloring treatments can damage the hair! Try to use protective hair styles such as braids, buns, twists, and ponytails. You can also use added hair if you choose to. Wigs, weaves, and braid extensions can be helpful if you correctly take care of your real hair as well.

4. Oil your ends a little bit more. This doesn’t mean over oil your hair, use thicker oils such as castor oil (or Jamaican black castor oil) which better seals the moisture in.

5. Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise. You should already be moisturising your hair daily however, during the winter months it is crucial to keep on doing so.


If you wear protective hairstyles, avoid tight braiding or styles that cause pulling or tension especially around your hairline. You can weaken and eventually destroy the hair follicles over time which can result in traction alopecia or nonexistent edges.

Michelle’s beauty quote of the week:

Your hair is a statement of style. An affirmation of beauty and an expression of self-love.


Beauty influencer of the week

Ruvheneko Parirenyatwa: Radio show presenter, businesswoman, spotting a trendy hairstyle.

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I have had the pleasure of meeting this week’s beauty influencer face to face at the prestigious Cape Town Zimbabwe Excellence Gala Dinner Awards Ceremony. All things being fair this girl has it ,and has captured the hearts of both foes and friends. Zimbabwe radio’s first lady has already made a name for herself as a journalist and activist, as well as recently being placed at number 23 on the 100 Most Influential Young Ladies under 40.

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Ruvheneko Parirenyatwa has made kinky hair more of her trade mark and she is always on point. I love her look because it is sophisticated and very natural and brings out a true natural woman.

  • Beauty Wisdom is a column which focuses on beauty, fashion and product reviews. The column concentrates on inexpensive beauty tips for Zimbabweans and other nationalities, and fashion products, as well as focusing on saving the average consumer money on style and fashion.
  • The column will publish regular, honest reviews about beauty products, new and exciting trends in South Africa, Zimbabwe, and the diaspora, and store collections as well as taking a look at beauty influencers, generally.
  • N.B All posts are of my (Michelle) own opinion.
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  • Mazhanga is a beauty and fashion analyst for Her column, Beauty Wisdom will publish regularly on this platform. Email your comment, responses or product reviews to