Does your hair feel dry like always? Do you find yourself moisturize every now and then? Well, this post is for you. Mastering the art of properly moisturizing your hair can be quite a job but not impossible.
To nail the moisturizing game, you’ll need to know your hair porosity or rather how fast or slow your hair absorbs and loses moisture. Knowing your hair porosity helps in picking the right products for your hair & how to properly moisturize.
For instance, if you have low porosity hair, products with humectants are your to go to cos they’ll draw moisture from the air & infuse in your strands while with high porosity hair, anti-humectants are advisable(to prevent absorption of more moisture causing frizz) and heavy sealants(reduce moisture loss.) Now that you know how fast or slow your hair absorbs and retains moisture affects your moisturizing game, let’s get down to how to keep your hair moisturized for longer.
How often do you moisturize? Daily? Weekly? After every 2-3 days? I moisturize after every 2-3 days or weekly depending on the state of my hair, weather, how often I’m manipulating my hair & moisturizing products that I’m using. When using may be water + aloe vera juice & seal with an oil/butter I moisturize frequently unlike when I’m using water + leave-in & seal with an oil/butter, I moisturize weekly or twice a week when in a protective style but when wearing my hair out I moisturize after a day or two. What I mean is, figure out how, when & how often you need moisturize.
How to keep your hair moisturized for longer.
Right moisturizing & Sealing products.
The moisturizing products you use should properly moisturize your hair porosity. Before purchasing any moisturizing product, check the ingredients list to make sure it’s a water based moisturizer whose first ingredients should be water/aqua, aloe Vera juice, glycerine, emollients etc. The sealants you need will depend on your porosity type, light oils and butters for low porosity to avoid build up and heavy oils and butter for high porosity to minimize moisture loss.
First, know your porosity type then figure out which moisturizing method works for you. There are a number of ways to moisturizing your hair, using LOC/ LCO/ LC/ LOCO methods of layering products to moisturize or you can use the baggy moisturizing method. Try all of them to find which properly moisturizing your hair & keeps your hair moisturized for longer.
Protect your hair when sleeping.
Cotton pillowcases and scarves tend to absorb moisture from your hair & the friction between the material and hair does your hair no good too. Use a satin bonnet, scarf or pillowcase to protect your hair when sleeping and keep it moisturized. Don’t wear/hold them too tight, you need edges to lay.
Deep conditioners restore moisture(moisturizing deep conditioners) and reconstruct & repair (protein deep conditioners).Deep condition with a moisturizing deep conditioner on every wash day to restore moisture and boost moisture content of your hair shaft. You can use a 2in1 deep conditioner which is both a moisturizing & protein conditioner. Moisturizing deep conditioner ingredients list will include; aqua/water, glycerine, glycerol, cetearyl, stearyl & cetyl alcohol etc
Hand in hair syndrome.
As satisfying and soothing it feels, don’t do it. We all are guilty of this but every time your hand reaches for the hair, it leaves with products that’s why you’ll notice oils & a different feel on your fingers every time you touch your hair.
Drink your water.
Moisturize your hair from the inside. Just like you drink water to moisturize & have flawless skin, your hair needs the same. I mean, the scalp is part of your skin too. Stay hydrated.
Avoid/ Minimize heat.
Excessive heat use will not only damage your hair shaft but will draw moisture from your hair shaft. If possible avoid heat stretching or styling or use minimum heat and heat protectants.
And to properly moisturize know when your hair feels dry, how it behaves in different weather, whether sulphate shampoo dry out your hair like crazy or works perfect for you and trim those split and damaged ends which not only do they travel up your length, cause knots and tangles but also it’s difficult to keep them moisturized & give your styles a rugged look.
How do you moisturize & keep your hair moisturized for longer?