One of the things that people with natural hair struggle with is moisture and retaining moisture. Today we are going to discuss how to moisturize natural hair. Now I know that I could get better at this to give my hair that wet, juicy, kind of Jheri Curl look but baby steps.
Increase Your Moisturizing Frequency Daily.
Pre-poo your hair.
This is a great solution for excessively dry hair. It helps get the moisture back in your hair. Grab the oil(s) of your choice and put them in your hair. When I do mine, I put my hair in a bun. Then I put a plastic cap or bag over my head to lock in the heat of my body and let the oils sit in my hair.
Try an Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse.
Apple cider vinegar has a pH level which is close to that of human hair. Rinsing regularly with ACV can help bring your scalp and hair back to its ideal acidity, especially if you have oily hair. Be sure to add some water to it to help with shine and moisture. Use this as your final rinse when shampooing your hair.
Deep Condition or change up your deep condition regimen.
Regular deep conditioning is one of the most important things to do to retain moisture. Not to mention it will make your hair softer and more manageable. Another thing you can try doing is changing up your deep condition routine. It might be time to invest in a different deep conditioner. Maybe you need to use oils with your deep conditioner for added moisture. Now’s the time to experiment.
Sleep with a satin cap/bonnet or use a satin pillow.
This will help to keep your hair from drying out at night. Cotton soaks the oils out of your hair. Yup, our hair still needs moisture at night!
Seal moisture every time.
This might be kind of hard to explain. When I say seal moisture I’m referring to your hair’s porosity (holes in the hair shaft) and a hair product that helps to close the holes (butters or creams). If your hair is highly porous, think of it as a sponge. The sponge has lots of holes and absorbs water/liquid quickly. The butters or creams will help seal in the moisture that your hair soaks up without releasing it back into the air.
Keep your hair clean.
Contrary to popular belief, our hair loves water. Everyone will tell you that water dries your hair out but this just is not the case. Water is one of the best, if not the best, moisturizers for natural hair. Not wahsing it for a while is what will dry your hair out.
Drink more water.
Just like watering a plant you should essentially “water you hair” by drinking more water. Not only will it help with moisture but it helps with hair growth.
Steam your hair.
I have yet to try this but I see people do it. Apparently the steam raises the cuticles of your natural hair strands in order for the right products to penetrate your hair strands.
Thanks for reading!