Moisturizing natural hair can be a daunting task. It’s like moisturizing an unbearable dry desert with no guarantee of success. With a plethora of products on the market, from super expensive to low cost, it’s not an easy decision. Which one should you choose? Well, worry not, because in this article, you’ll learn how to moisturize your natural hair and make it feel like silk. Let’s begin.
Imagine you have fabulous, healthy, shiny and nourished locks, glimmering with the rainbow sheen of African pride. Yes, this can be possible with the right products and a lot of knowledge. In this article, we’ll provide you with an overview of how to moisturize your natural hair, with an easy-to-follow mission.
We’ll also provide some tips on how to keep it healthy and nourished. We’ll also cover the essentials you must have on hand when moisturizing, where to purchase the best products for your hair type, and some funny anecdotes about our own journey toward success in moisturizing. So keep reading and learn how to keep your hair moisturized and looking its best.
Basics of Moisturizing Natural Hair
Howdy! If you’ve got natural hair, it’s time to start moisturizing! Now, I know what you’re thinking (because I totally thought this too once upon a time): “Moisturizing natural hair sounds complicated…isn’t that just for the pros?” Well my friend, the answer is a resounding nay! Once you crack that code, embracing hydration for your kinky coils and curls is as easy as ABC.
Here’s the basics of moisturizing natural hair: First, find the right conditioner for you. Knowing your hair’s type and texture is key to finding the best product for lock-hydration-nirvana. In the beginning, it may feel like trial and error, but with patient experimentation and trial, you’ll eventually find the perfect moisturizer.
Once you’ve found it, jump right in! Make sure you apply conditioner to damp strands and let it sit for two minutes or more. This will help open up your cuticles and let the product seep right in. If you’d like to lock in the moisture, use a shower cap or even a plastic bag for about 15 minutes before rinsing it off. Let’s just say this: like a delicious piece of cake, you’re sure to be left craving me!
Next up, use a leave-in conditioner to really get the hydration levels up. With your palm, work the spray (or whatever else you’re using) through your hair starting from the roots and going all the way down the strands. Make sure to add extra love on your ends and the nape of your neck, these are the parts that are the most prone to breakage.
Finally, take a few drops of your favorite lightweight oil and add it to the mix. This will help seal in the moisture. And there you have it! With these three steps, you’re well on your way to becoming a moisture pro.
Understanding the Various Hair Porosity Types
So you have natural hair and you’ve heard of hair porosity, but what does it really mean? Well, this is an important concept to understand if you want to make sure you’re properly hydrating and moisturizing your locks! Hair porosity is basically the ability of your hair to absorb, hold and retain moisture. There are three levels of hair porosity—low, medium, and high.
First, let’s talk about low porosity hair. If you have low porosity hair, the cuticles that make up your hair strands lie very flat and close. This impedes the moisture from entering, making it harder to get your hair moisturized. The upside is that if you do get it hydrated, it will stay hydrated for much longer because of the tight cuticles.
On the other side of the spectrum, high porosity hair has cuticles that are lifted and open, which means they absorb moisture much more readily—almost immediately. This can make it easier to get your hair hydrated, but since the cuticles are so open, the moisture can quickly escape as well.
Then there’s medium porosity hair, which is a bit of both. The cuticles are neither too closed nor too open, so both times for maintaining moisture are adequate. Too little and your hair could dry out, too much and it could get greasy easily.
If you’re not sure what type of porosity your hair has, you can determine it by performing a simple porosity test: Take a single strand of your hair and place it in a cup of water. If the hair floats, you have low porosity hair; if it slowly sinks, it’s medium porosity; and if it immediately sinks, you have high porosity hair.
Moisturize on a Regular Basis
You’re rockin’ natural hair and you want to keep it healthy and as beautiful as ever–which means moisture is key! Moisturizing your hair on a regular basis is essential for hydrated, healthy locks.
While there’s no set rule, the general consensus is that you should be moisturizing your natural hair every 1-2 days. How often you apply moisture will ultimately depend on your texture and personal preference.
When it comes to moisturizing, water is your best friend. It’s a free and often overlooked solution to hydrated hair. Make sure you’re avoiding heavy, oil-based products which can dry out your hair and scalp.
If you love a deep-conditioning mask, use it just once or twice a month as these can be drying if used too frequently! It’s also essential to use a tight-weave cap or bonnet when using heated tools such as blowdryers or straighteners.
Now, it’s time for your moisturizing routine. After you’ve shampooed your hair you will want to apply your leave in product or spray. Now, that your spray is in your hair, you can start to spritz with a water and oil mix.
To keep your hair moisturized in between washes, keeping your hands off your hair is key as it causes friction which dries out natural hair. And when using oils, use a light-weight one such as a combination of grapeseed and avocado oil.
These are just a few of the ways that you can ensure your natural hair is getting enough moisture! As long as you’re keeping your hair hydrated regularly, you’ll find that dryness, breakage, and split ends will be a thing of the past. You could even give yourself a high-five every time you’re done moisturizing- because you deserve it!
Tricks of the Trade
You know what they say: no two heads of hair are created equal. But one thing you’ve probably realized about natural hair is that it needs its moisturizing! When trying to find the recipe for success in keeping your natural hair healthy and hydrated, it’s important to know the tricks of the trade.
Want the secret to the perfect moisture? Start from the top (literally)! Before you even think about touching those luscious locks with any products, make sure you condition your scalp to bring it back to balance. Aloe Vera gel is a great product for this. And make sure you’re massaging it in right down to the root!
It’s time to get experimental! You don’t have to go out and buy expensive products; you can regular things you find around your house like honey or avocado. See if adding them to your masks, gels, and hair oils can create the right combination for your hair. Don’t forget the tried and true coconut oil! A little bit of this miracle-worker can go a long way when it comes to moisturizing.
Listen to your locks and pay attention to them. If you’re regularly protein treating, you need to make sure you’re balancing that out with moisturizing. Moisturizing should happen after washing your hair to help seal in the moisture. Make sure you’re letting your hair air dry as much as possible to avoid over processing it.
Finally, never underestimate the power of the shower cap! Trust me, you don’t want to go about tackling your moisturizing without one. And don’t forget to deep condition, too! It’s like a mini spa day for your hair and will seriously elevate your natural drying regimens.
Protect Your Hair From the Elements
It’s important to protect your natural hair from the harsh elements to keep it healthy, glossy and full of life all year round. With a few clever tricks – such as covering your hair with a scarf or hat and using hair treatments, you can keep your mane looking lush!
We all know that the winter months can wreak havoc on your hair – think windy weather and plunging temperatures – so it’s important to use protection to keep your tresses soft and bouncy. Before braving the outdoors, wrap your hair up with a natural silk scarf or hat to protect against breakage and damage. Not only is it a super chic look, but it’s a great way to keep your hair in good condition.
In addition, treat yourself to a nourishing hair treatment every now and then. There are lots of natural hair treatments available on the market that help repair damaged hair so it can stay in tiptop condition. Making it part of your weekly hair routine can help keep your hair looking fresh, hydrated and healthy.
Furthermore, try your best to keep your hair away from direct sunlight. We know it’s hard not to soak up some rays during sunny days, but too much harmful UV light can dry out your strands, leading to split ends, breakage and even hair loss. Whenever you’re in sunny climes, toss on a wide-brimmed hat to shield your hair from UV damage.
Finally, the summer season can be equally as damaging to your mane, so it’s important to stay prepped for any eventuality. Invest in a spray bottle and fill it with water – this handy tool will help keep your hair hydrated and refreshed when temperatures are rising. Plus, you can keep one in your bag and spritz throughout the day for a great mid-week pick-me-up!
Protecting your natural hair from harsh weather conditions helps keep it looking sleek, healthy and beautiful all year round. So make sure you arm yourself with a few clever tricks, such as wrapping up your hair with a silk scarf and investing in a hydrating hair treatment – it’s the best way to keep your hair looking and feeling great!
Reloading on Moisture During The Day
You’ve stepped out of the shower after shampooing and conditioning your natural hair and it looks and feel great. You don’t want to lose all your hard work but the sun is already heating up and you want to feel your best all day. What should you do?
It’s an instinct to want to just pile on tons of products, but that isn’t always the solution. Reloading on moisture throughout the day is key to maintaining your curls, kinks, and coils, and it’s important to do it the right way.
Grab your favorite mist bottle, and fill it up with water. Most experts recommend that you spritz your hair with water, rather than oils and creams. This helps to replenish the water content you need without weighing your hair down.
When all else fails, grab yourself a satin scarf or bonnet. This is something that you can carry around with you and wear during the day to lock-in moisture. If you’re feeling particularly daring, you can even try to rock a turban look.
The key to keeping your natural hair moisturized during the day is to make sure you find the right combination of light re-moisturizing, lightweight product use, and protective hairstyling. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different products and styles – you might be surprised with the look you end up with!
Using Heat Safe Moisturizers
Are you looking for the perfect way to moisturize your natural hair? Then look no further! Heat safe moisturizers can keep your hair hydrated, and you won’t have to worry about heat damage from blow dryers and curling irons.
It may seem intimidating to chose a heat safe moisturizer for your natural hair, but don’t worry! With so many products on the market, you’re sure to find one that’s perfect for you. Here are a few tips to help you choose the right one.
Start by checking the label and making sure the ingredients are heat-safe. Many ingredients that are great for natural hair can be damaged by heat. One of the most important ones to look out for is Vitamin E. It helps to keep your hair hydrated, but can become damaged when you apply heat.
You should also look for moisturizers with natural oils or essential oils, like coconut oil. These provide nourishment and hydration and won’t be damaged by the heat.
If you’re low on cash, don’t worry – there are some budget-friendly options available as well. Beeswax candles, petroleum jelly, and shea butter are all great options for providing moisture. Just make sure to use it sparingly, as too much can weigh your hair down.
Finally, if you’re looking for a truly luxurious and decadent moisturizer, you may want to opt for an oil or serum. Oil or serum is a great choice for a heavy-duty, long-lasting moisturizer. Just be sure to choose one that is heat-safe and won’t damage your hair.
Finding the perfect heat-safe moisturizer for your natural hair is easy with the right tips! So go ahead and give them a try, and your hair will thank you.
An effective moisturizing routine is one of the key components of any healthy hair care regimen, and if your natural hair needs a little extra love and nourishment, you’ll want to make sure you’re taking the appropriate steps to keep those locks hydrated. Luckily, maintaining the perfect moisture balance in your precious tresses isn’t as difficult as it may initially sound. With the proper products, techniques, and understanding of how water works in your hair, you’ll be able to keep your hair shiny, healthy, and most importantly, hydrated! Investing in the right products and committing to a consistent moisturizing routine can be the key to having healthy, beautiful hair for years to come.
So go ahead — let your natural mane sparkle and shine with added moisture!
- Porosity test: https://www.naturalicestudio.com/hair-porosity-test/
- Ceechie, Jessica. “7 Natural Hair Rules You Should Be Following.” Byrdie, 26 Sept. 2018, www.byrdie.com/how-to-moisturize-natural-hair.