Daily moisturizing and sealing has helped me keep my hair soft and shiny.
Natural hair can be difficult to moisturize and stay moisturized. I often find that people make really easy mistakes when it comes to maintaining their hair's moisture. So consider these easy tips if you find that your hair is perpetually dry.
- Moisturize and Seal Daily: This is natural hair 101, but moisturize and seal daily with a water based leave-in conditioner (could be water, aloe vera juice, a product, or even conditioner) and seal with an oil or butter, like coconut oil or shea butter. Natural hair needs more moisture than straighter hair textures, and by moisturizing and sealing it adds moisture to hair, while also preventing breakage and damage.
- Wet Hair Twice a Week: Since changing my regimen to washing and cowashing weekly, I have noticed less split ends and damaged hair. Moisturizing and sealing hair is great, but saturating hair with water really helps to replenish hair's moisture making it soft, supple, and shiny. Consider cowashing or wetting hair during the middle of the week, and remember to seal the moisture in with oil afterwards.
- Replace Conditioner with Deep Condition: If you find that your hair is really dry, consider replacing your conditioner with a deep conditioner. Lately, I have been using deep conditioners like Giovanni Blackberry and Coconut Milk Repairing Intensive Hair Mask and Giovanni Avocado & Olive Oil Ultra-Moist Deep Deep Moisture Mask after I shampoo, and I have noticed that my hair is significantly more moisturized than if I use a regular conditioner.
- Oil Doesn't Moisturize: Oil doesn't moisturize hair, this is unfortunately a natural hair myth. While oils like coconut and olive oil can penetrate hair, they cannot add moisture to hair, which can only be done by a water-based product. So if you find that your hair is dry and solely use an oil, then this lack of moisture is, more than likely, the reason why.
- Don't Forget Your Scalp: Sometimes we forget to care for our scalp, but we have to remember that hair grows from the scalp. Consider applying water or aloe vera juice to scalp once or twice a week to keep the scalp supple and prevent dandruff and itching.
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