Do you moisturize? And how often?
Hello mane embracers, I hope your crowns are flourishing and your skin glowing. Thank you for stopping by and welcome to my natural hair blog.
Welcome back to the moisturizing series, today’s post is all about different ways to moisturize your hair and keep it moisturized.
Natural hair, more so kinky, curly hair is naturally dry this is because the curls are tightly coiled making it difficult for natural oils to slide down the hair strands easily. Kinky, curly hair needs moisture to thrive and upping your moisturizing game is the best thing you can do for your hair and I’ll share a few moisturizing ways for you. Moisturized hair is healthy hair and healthy hair means growth. Let’s get down to it;
Water is the best moisturizer and if you’re a newbie, you may want to consider starting off moisturizing with just water and seal in with an oil. Water keeps natural hair moisturized, healthy and makes it easy to style/ work with. Ensure that all your moisturizing products are water based. Drinking enough water keeps your hair moisturized, hair is part of your body too.
Deep condition on every wash day.
Moisturizing deep conditioners restores moisture into your hair and strengthens it. Use heat when deep conditioning to open hair cuticles for the conditioner ingredients to penetrate the strands so you can retain maximum moisture. Other than restoring moisture , deep conditioners restores shine, prevents hair damage and strengthens it.
- Use LOC/LCO method.
LOC/LCO is the universal method of layering hair products for maximum moisture retention. Catch up on how to and benefits of the moisturizing methods here.
Do hot oil treatment.
Hot oil treatment is just that, treating your hair with hot oil but not burning hot. Hot oil treatment adds moisture and shine to your hair and guess what? It can be a replacement for a deep conditioner or you can use it alternately. Have been using hot oil treatment as my deep conditioner for the last four wash days and mahn, I don’t think am purchasing a deep conditioner for now and I would recommend you try it out. Catch up on all hot oil treatment tea here.
Prepoo simply means pre shampoo which involves adding your favorite oils, instant conditioner or honey in your hair before cleansing it. Prepooing adds moisture to your and if you experience dry hair, I recommend you try prepooing before cleansing. Shampoos strip off natural oils along with the product build up , oils and dirt.
Moisturize protective styles.
I know protective styles protect our hair from everyday manipulation but that doesn’t mean you tuck your hair and forget all about. Hair care doesn’t stop once you wear a protective style. Whether it’s twists, cornrows, braids with or without extensions , moisturizing is a must do. Moisturizing and sealing will keep your hair nourished, healthy and will reduce breakage especially when taking the protective style down.
Avoid heat/ Go slow on heat.
Excessive use of heat dries out your hair so go slow with heat and if possible avoid it. Heat includes flat irons, tongs, blow dryers etc. If you need to use heat once in a while be sure to use a heat protectant first and use low heat.
Shampoo tend to strip off natural oils and frequent or daily washing dries out the hair causing breakage. Avoid daily cleansing and if you have to cleanse before your wash day, co-wash( washing using an instant conditioner)
Low manipulation styles.
Regular styling and hands on the hair draws products meant to sit on your hair and scalp keeping them healthy from your hair to your hands and styling tools. We all love touching our hair it’s soothing and feels all nice but if it’s your obsession wear low manipulation styles regularly.
- Sleep on satin/silk bonnets and pillowcases.
Cotton scarfs and pillowcases absorb moisture from your hair drying it up and the friction between your hair and the pillowcase weakens your hair leading to breakage. Satin/ silk made sleeping bonnet and pillowcase keep your hair moisturized.
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