To keep your natural hair healthy, shiny, and long, you must master the art of moisturizing. Moisturizing your natural hair helps to get moisture into your hair strands keeping your hair hydrated and very easy to manage.
Your natural hair needs water and it is a very vital ingredient for the growth and health of your hair. To begin moisturizing, we advise that you spritz water over your hair daily and make sure to pay special attention to your edges. Water is the best moisturizing agent there is for the hair and you should never run a comb through your hair without applying some water to it first.
Do you know that drinking a lot of water each day also helps to keep your natural hair moisturized? Yes, it does!
You are here because you probably need to learn more about how to keep your natural hair moisturized all the time. It could also be that you have tried so many methods and your natural hair still doesn’t budge when you’re trying to get it moisturized. We have taken out the time to provide tips and tricks to solve this problem.
Read on and we will show you exactly what to do.
7 Ways To Keep Natural Hair Moisturized All The Time
There are a number of ways to keep your natural hair moisturized all the time, but in this article, we’re going to show you the top 7 ways to do that.
1. Pre-poo Regularly
Before you shampoo your natural hair, first apply honey, conditioner, or oil evenly on your hair, starting from the tip of your hair to your scalp. Then cover it with a plastic cap for some minutes. This process prepares the hair for the ingredients that can strip off moisture from your hair if you are using a sulfate shampoo. It also helps retain natural oil in your scalp which prevents your hair from drying out.
2. Clean your scalp and hair with shampoo
The shampoo is used to get rid of dirt or debris from the scalp and hair. Clean hair retains moisture and the number one way to keep your hair clean is by washing it properly. While buying shampoo, go for a sulfate-free shampoo. It would really help with your hair’s overall health.
3. Apply a Conditioner
Conditioning your hair helps in adding moisture to the hair strand after your shampoo might have had your hair stripped. Remember to get a moisturizing conditioner with natural ingredients, as it will properly moisturize your natural hair. A conditioner moisturizes the part of the hair strand that the natural oils from our scalp cannot reach.
4. Deep Condition Your Natural Hair Regularly
If you want to take your moisture game to another level, then deep conditioning regularly is a game-changer. Here you apply a deep conditioner to your natural hair. You can either purchase a deep conditioner or you can choose to make one for yourself. Check out some DIY Conditioners here.
Deep conditioning your hair adds supplementary moisture to it. During the dry season, ensure that you deep condition your hair at least once a week to prevent your hair from drying out, breaking, or shedding too much.
5. Seal In Moisture
Sealing in moisture on your hair allows your hair to retain moisture for a longer period of time. You can do this by using an oil mix (coconut oil, castor oil, or avocado oil) and a cream(shea butter). Remember to use products that best suit your hair. After applying the moisture to your natural hair, the oil will naturally hold onto the water molecules while the cream seals in everything.
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6. Use a water based moisturizer
Water is the best moisturizer for natural hair, so while choosing a moisturizer for your hair, we advise that you go for a moisturizer that has water as the first ingredient coupled with other natural ingredients like aloe vera extract or honey that will give an added moisturizing effect.
Make sure you moisturize your hair daily during the dry months. And every other day depending on your hair texture and porosity. Styling your hair after moisturizing it also helps in keeping your hair moisturized for a longer period of time.
7. Steam Your Natural Hair
Steaming your natural hair is all about adding moisture to your hair using steam. You can steam your hair by yourself using a handheld steamer or you can get it done in a hair salon. The heated steam lifts the cuticle so that the moisturizer applied can easily be absorbed into your hair strands. If your hair has low porosity, then you definitely have to try this out.
Cuticles in low porosity hairs are always closed and steaming plays an important role in opening them up. It also ensures that the moisturizer applied to the hair is fully absorbed.
Steaming is a simple way to add moisture to our natural hair without having to soak it in water.
Here are some tips that can easily be overlooked. Take note of them.
- Use satin materials for your bonnet or your pillowcase instead of cotton material. The satin material retains moisture in our hair by preventing them from getting out, unlike cotton materials which can not retain the moisture.
- Do you know that the chlorine in shower water can make your hair dry? Add a filter to your shower.
- Aloe vera juice works wonders. We advise that you apply it to your hair after washing.
- Coconut oil is light and not ideal for sealing moisture in your hair.
- Moisturize your hair overnight using the bagging method. Just sprinkle water on your hair, apply your moisturizer and cover it with a cap to sleep with it on overnight.
- Moisturize your hair first before adding oil or any sealant. This is done to avoid breakage.
- Drink more water. It helps keep your hair moisturized. It actually does!
- Try to keep your hands off your hair, as constantly touching your hair does nothing but get rid of the moisture on your hair. Keep your hands at bay!
- Do you know that using apple cider vinegar to rinse your hair after washing it can help with easy detangling of your natural hair?
- Your hair still needs moisture even in twists and braids so ensure you moisturize regularly.
- Wash your hair regularly, this keeps your scalp healthy.
- For a more effective hair steaming, add a hot oil treatment to it.
- Always look out for dry ends and touch them up.
- Use a boar bristle brush to brush your hair. It will gently distribute your natural oils through your dry hair as you brush.
- If your hair is of a fine texture, focus on your ends while moisturizing. Fine hair is usually driest on the ends, so focus your conditioner on the dry areas and you can skip the roots sometimes to avoid mulling them down.
- Trim your hair frequently. This keeps your hair healthy and free of split ends.
How often should I moisturize my natural hair?
As often as you feel it’s needed. You can also try three times a week then increase it if it’s not sufficient enough. It is best to moisturize your natural hair regularly and prevent it from drying out.
To really figure out how often you should moisturize your natural hair, you have to consider the following factors as they influence how often you should moisturize your natural hair. The factors are;
- Your hair porosity – how does your hair absorb moisture? Does it take a long time? Or does it absorb quickly? Or is it somewhere in between?
- The Climate of where you live, including the temperature and humidity. Dryer climates mean dryer hair and require more moisture.
How often you should moisturize your hair is actually not complicated, moisturize your hair when it’s dry and brittle.
Best Times to Moisturize Your Natural Hair
The best time to moisturize your natural hair are;
- After washing your hair because it’s clean and ready to accept moisture.
- Before combing your hair to make the strands easy to detangle.
- Before making your hair because this helps in preventing breakage.
- Before an outdoor activity especially on a sunny day.
- Before styling your hair.
- Before going to bed, this keeps your hair from breaking while you sleep.
How can I prevent my natural hair from drying out?
One of the reasons for dry hair is low natural scalp oil; this is a condition that happens when our scalp does not produce enough oil. The structure of your hair can allow moisture to escape from your hair. Exposing your hair to sun, humidity, and heat can lead to a dryer texture of hair.
To prevent your natural hair from drying out, you have to keep it properly moisturized. In colder months, you might need to moisturize your hair often or change your conditioner completely. Even at that, the moisture can tend to disappear rapidly. This is why sealing moisture into the hair is so important. It lets moisture stay longer on the hair.
Taking vitamins like vitamin A and Vitamin C helps your hair become healthier.
Avoid washing your hair daily with shampoo, as it also get rid of sebum; which is a natural oil that keeps your scalp moisturized. Reduce the number of times you heat style your natural hair and keep the heat at least six inches away from your hair.
Find and use hair products that suits your hair. And finally, eat healthy!
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