7 Useful Tips to Survive Harmattan in Nigeria

7 Useful Tips to Survive Harmattan in Nigeria

Harmattan season is upon us and it is known to always come with so much dryness, whitish flakes and dust. While it is a season that takes us away from all the non stop rains and zero sunshine. It is also a gentle reminder that Christmas and the holiday season is fast approaching.

However, the effect of the harmattan season on the skin can really be annoying if one does not take extra care. You don’t want to appear like a flaky dry fish just because you did not take care of yourself. Hence, I will be sharing some useful tips on how to stay ahead of the season and still look awesome, regardless.

#1: Stay Hydrated

The first tip to surviving harmattan is to stay hydrated as the weather can get really hot and humid making the body requires lots of liquid. Such liquid does not include carbonated drinks as this makes your skin dehydrated.

Staying hydrated in harmattan

#2: Invest in Warm Clothing

Harmattan season comes with 2 different weather. The early hours of the morning and late nights are always cold while the afternoon are usually hot. In some regions in Nigeria, the weather can really be humid while Northern region is dry, hot and very cold.

That is why it is important to invest in clothing that suit this weather. Opt for scarves, jackets and sweaters and always keep these handy. Also ensure you wear warm clothing to bed for chilly nights. You do not want to catch a cold for lack of proper clothes.

#3: Use leave-in conditioners, Coconut oil and Shea butter

Dry hair is one of the accompanying effect of harmattan both for men and women. If one does not properly take care of their hair, then there’s likelihood of hair breakage or shedding. Leave in conditioners, coconut oil and shea butter is a good investment to help rid your scalp from dryness and dandruff. Men can also use coconut oil for their beards and hair.

protect your hair during harmattan

Naturalistas should also ensure to do more of protective styling during this period than leaving their hair all bare to avoid breakage.

#4: Moisturize Often

My dear men friend, this is the time to really invest in a good body cream and actually use them. A lot of men say using body cream is for women but when harmattan really hit you, you’d embrace your cream. It is important to always moisturize your skin before the water dries off completely. Also ensure you get yourself a lip balm that you can carry around to avoid chapped and scaly lips. A good hand cream should also not be found wanting in your cars, handbags and desks.

moisturize during harmattan

#5: Avoid Matte or Dry Foundation

Especially for people with dry skin, a matte or dry foundation will only make your face look more dry and scaly. Rather, use more oil based foundation to retain moisture. Also ensure to buy SPF-infused foundation to protect your face from burns and damage.

Skincare tips for harmattan

#6: Be Wary of Fire During Harmattan

Bush burning during the harmattan season needs extra caution as everything is really dry and prone to spread quickly. If you are burning anything during this season, ensure you put out the fire completely before you leave. In addition, always repair any faulty electrical. Do not wait until you see the sparks or burning smell, rather check your appliances from time to time to ensure everything is still intact.

And when any electronic appliances is not in use, make sure you turn it off before leaving home or office.

Harmattan fire

#7: Wash All Roadside Food Items Before Eating

Harmattan comes with so much dust than you can ever imagine. Always ensure you wash all roadside food items thoroughly before eating. You do not wait to risk your health to any form of airbone food disease when you can avoid it. This include fruits, vegetables and suya, corn, and even pepper.

wash all fruits well

A number of people love harmattan because of the chilly morning and nights but with it comes several other consequences that requires our attention. Which of the above can you relate to? And what do you love or not love about this season?

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11 Comments

  1. susanspecs
    December 11, 2018 / 4:06 pm

    I just fear for my hair this period, my hair that is just beginning to grow. God will help me take extra care, so I’ll not have to start again after too much shedding and breakage.

    As usual, lovely post!!

    • December 11, 2018 / 4:18 pm

      Amen to that b๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜… But if you lock it in a protective style, it would do you so much good for you.

      And even after protective styling, you should moisturize it often to avoid breakage. That should help.

      Thanks hun

  2. Jahzmene
    December 12, 2018 / 7:10 am

    Great tips
    I am armed for the harmattan

  3. December 14, 2018 / 7:38 pm

    Debs,
    How do we wash suya before eating it? Lol

    • December 14, 2018 / 11:48 pm

      Please do not wash it ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜… What I meant is to be watchful of not buying those ones by the roadside and not properly covered. Those ones should be avoided like a plague.

      • December 15, 2018 / 1:25 am

        Okay…I thought as much…I had one suya experience that nearly ripped my stomach apart…I am so very careful when it comes to eating suya..
        Just felt like pulling your legs a tiny little bit…
        Love this post!!

        • December 15, 2018 / 6:06 am

          I can imagine. Lately, Iโ€™ve put a stop to roadside suya except those made indoors like Yahuza.

          Glad you love it ๐Ÿ–ค

          • December 15, 2018 / 8:27 am

            That’s the way forward oo…

  4. December 18, 2018 / 9:41 am

    Shaking in advance for my hair this harmattan. Although it is not in full swing in Lagos yet, the dust is becoming obvious and luckily, I’ve got a good moisturizer so my skin is safe. Will pay attention to other tips shared. Thanks!

    • December 18, 2018 / 9:59 am

      The moisturizer has been my help so far with enough leave in conditioner ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ And of course coconut oils ๐Ÿ˜

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