If you have naturally curly, coily, or kinky hair then you know that if you leave your hair unattended to for a while it will become dry and end up brittle such that it breaks. Nobody likes dry hair, your hair does not even want to be dry so it is up to you to find ways to keep your hair moisturized.
Because of the curly nature of our hair, the natural moisture gotten from our scalp finds it hard to travel down the shaft to the tips of our hair. This is why we have to be intentional in moisturizing our hair often.
However, it is still possible to cover our hair in all the oils and moisturizing products and not have optimally moisturized hair. That is why I have put together major things to keep in mind in fighting dry hair.
How do you know you have dry hair?
If the state of your hair is similar to one of the statements below, then it is probably dry.
- It looks dull, moisturized hair has a bit of sheen to it. Type 4 hair would not glitter like diamonds but you can tell when it is dull from dryness.
- It makes crunchy sounds. Dryness makes it feel coarse so this may happen if you try to ‘crunch’ your hair. Moisturized hair should not sound like dry leaves.
- It is hard or painful to manipulate. It is okay to be tender-headed but if your hair is dry it makes it even harder and more painful to do anything with your hair.
- When you touch it, it feels dry. Moisturized hair will leave traces of oil on your finger.
Steps to combat dry hair
Know your hair porosity
First of all, ensuring your hair is constantly moisturized requires you to know your hair porosity. Then you now need to know how to care for that porosity.
Hair porosity is the ability of your hair to accept and retain moisture. There are three porosity types; low, medium and high porosity hair. Low porosity hair doesn’t let moisture in or out of the hair shaft easily. High porosity hair allows moisture to move in or out very easily while medium porosity is somewhere in the middle.
When you understand your hair porosity you know exactly how to go about introducing moisture to your strands and locking it in. You can read more about hair porosity in this blog post.
The importance of deep conditioning can not be overstressed. It is super essential to deep condition as it makes your hair softer and more receptive to moisture. There are two types of deep conditioning treatments, there are moisture treatments and protein treatments.
Moisture treatments help replenish moisture to dry hair while protein treatments help correct damaged hair. Doing regular deep conditions will reduce how often you need to moisturize since it allows your hair to retain moisture for longer.
Watch me deep condition my hair with a DIY avocado-banana mask in my YouTube video.
LOC / LCO
- Liquid/ water-based leave-in
This is the most basic aspect of moisturizing your hair. This should be done as often as once in 2-3 days to once a week. It consists of 3 main product types and the main point is to get moisture into your hair and seal it in.
Liquid most times is water because moisture is basically water. This is the most important part of everything as the hair is like a plant and it needs water to grow.
Whatever you’re putting on your hair water should be the foundation as those other things are meant to complement water or seal in water.
Oils can either be moisturizing or sealing, you will use moisturizing oils in LOC and sealing oils in LCO.
Moisturizing oils are light-weight oils that can penetrate the hair shaft. They complement water in keeping the hair moisturized. Some moisturizing oils are;
Sealing oils are heavy oils that can’t penetrate the hair shaft, they stay on to seal in moisture and give the hair luster. Some sealing oils are;
Creams can be lightweight or thick creams such as shea butter.
Light creams or moisturizing creams are used in LCO because they contain water in them to help moisturize the shaft while the sealing creams are heavier and lock in moisture while adding shine to the hair.
These are like add ons, they do the work of sealants in a way because they add luster and shine to the hair. They also form a protective barrier such that they hang around the surface of the hair shaft taking the place of moisture that would have been lost.
They reduce how often you will need to moisturize your hair if used often and they should be sprayed such that the hair is slightly damp not wet or dripping.
If you wet the leaves of a plant constantly but forget to water the soil around it the plant will grow stunted. Same goes for if you constantly do the topical moisturizing but you don’t drink enough water.
Water is essential for healthy hair skin and nails and I won’t go into all of that now but drinking enough water will help in making sure your hair is moisturized from inside out.
Which one of these will you be incorporating in your battle against dry hair?
Stay glam, stay hydrated.
–Drop of black.
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