Moisturizing 101

The importance of having a good moisture balance

Curly hair, unlike straight/wavy hair is generally more prone to dryness because of the bends and turns in it’s structure. The climate also plays a role in the moisture level of your hair, whether it’s the heat from the sun or a cold climate. If your hair constantly dry, it will become brittle and break off. Hair must be kept moisturized in order to be soft, supple and manageable.

How to choose a true hair moisturizer 

You want to choose a product that lists water as its first ingredient. Other ingredients should include but  not limited to oils such as castor oil, sweet almond oil, coconut oil or butters such as Shea butter (butyrospermum parkii) and cupuacu butter.

How to effectively moisturize your hair

It is important to remember that oils/butters by themselves DO NOT moisturize your hair. If you don’t want to use a store bought moisturizer and want to use an oil or butter then you MUST apply it to wet hair. By doing this, you are sealing in the moisture provided by the water.

If you want to use a store bought moisturizer, you can also use it on wet hair and seal your ends with an oil or butter. However, a moisturizer that has water listed as the first ingredient can be used on dry hair to add moisture after  a few days. This is known as refreshing your hair.

What if I have my hair in braids/weave/wig?

If your hair is braided then using a light moisturizing leave in conditioner on the lengths of the braid should give you the moisture you need.

Wearing a wig is somewhat easier since it can be removed daily. When wearing wigs, I would suggest that you moisturize your hair as you usually do when wearing your hair out.

I don’t know much about weaves but it is just as important to keep your hair moisturized under the weave. Using a moisturizing spray should do the trick. I would also suggest you do a deep conditioning treatment before getting a weave.

Moisturizers I use:

Oyin Handmade Hair Dew

Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie

Curl Junkie Curl Rehab

I always use coconut oil to seal my hair.

How often should  hair be moisturized

This will vary from person to person but generally one shouldn’t wait longer than 2 days before moisturizing their hair. I personally refresh my hair every morning.

NOTE:

When going in the sun don’t forget to apply an oil with sunscreen properties

If you are dehydrated (not drinking enough water), it doesn’t matter how many products or water you put on your hair, it will dry out easily. Drink lots of water and water containing foods to help achieve well moisturized and healthy hair.

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