Moisturizing Dry Natural Hair

Thursday, July 3, 2014

moisturizing natural hair
A braid out with my nicely moisturized and shiny hair again

About a month back, I was being super lazy and not moisturizing and sealing my hair like normal. I thought I could get away with it, but after a few weeks, I began to notice a lot of broken hairs all over my sink and the floor of my bathroom. My hair, for the first time ever since I went natural, was breaking off. I'm diligent about moisturizing and sealing every night because I don't deep condition nearly as much as other naturals. I deep condition maybe once every month without heat for maybe 2 hours max (and it's closer to about an hour). I've never had porosity issues, super dry hair, or any other problems many natural have encounter when they go from relaxed to natural because daily moisture has been a staple in my natural hair regimen. So when I saw those broken hairs, I knew exactly what was causing the problem, and I knew what I had to do to fix it.

On wash day, when I finally had enough, I mixed up some Giovanni Nutrafix Hair Reconstructor, honey, aloe vera gel, and olive oil and left it on my hair for 2 hours. I washed my hair as usual with my baking soda and aloe vera mix, and conditioned with Giovanni Smooth As Silk Deeper Moisture Conditioner. I followed with my Giovanni Direct Leave-In, a spritz of water and maple syrup mix*, and sealed with olive oil (I ran out of my oil mix and didn't feel like mixing more at the time), and put my hair in 16 two strand twists. I wore my hair in the two strand twists for the rest of the week and spritzed nightly with a mix of maple syrup, Giovanni Direct Leave-In, and olive oil. I deep conditioned again with the same mix the following week, washed as normal, and moisturized with Giovanni Direct Leave-In and my oil mix, and two strand twisted my hair. I was happy to say that I needed only a week of TLC to get my hair healthy and moisturized. 

I'm back to moisturizing and sealing daily. I am also stretching my hair with braid outs instead of bunning. I have noticed that it is better for my ends, as well as keeps my natural hair from looking crazy in this summer heat…but that's a post for another day. 

*Maple Syrup has the same benefits as honey minus the ability to lighten hair. I use maple syrup as a leave-in as opposed to a wash out in my conditioner or deep conditioner.*

*UPDATE: Maple syrup does lighten hair*

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