Keeping your natural hair moisturized is easier than you think. It's very rare that I experience a whole lot of dryness. When I do it's more than likely because I hadn't done anything to my hair but keep it tied up. I know that if I don't apply any water or at least a hair lotion to my strands in a three day span, my hair will be crying for love. So, if you're wondering how you keep your hair moisturized on a regular bases, read my guide below on a few tips and tricks.
First of all you want to start asking yourself a few questions and reflecting on your routines to figure out why your hair could be dry. There are several reasons that could cause dryness like daily heat styling, using the wrong shampoos, hormonal changes, or even the weather. Is your hair color treated? With all of these factors you need to take that into account and pin down what could be attributing to the problem. Did you know that hair has no natural lubrication? So.. it relies on oils made in the hair root to keep your hair moisturized. Sometimes hair doesn’t make enough oil, which leads to dry hair. (Likewise, roots in overdrive lead to oily and greasy hair.) As you age, your hair naturally makes less oil. Since the roots are under your skin, dry scalp goes along with dry hair. Dry scalp peels and sheds, leading to dandruff flakes on your shoulders. Something to think about, right? Take some time to evaluate and figure out the problem. I'd also encourage you to see a professional beautician if you are having trouble with pin pointing it.
2. Create a Routine
As soon as I began my natural hair journey I started a hair regimen. That is creating a routine at a certain time of the week that you do on a regular basis. Everyone's hair type and lifestyles are different. Be sure to base your regimen on what is appropriate for you. Currently, I have a routine of wash, condition, deep condition, and styling. I normally do this once a week. It's important to cleanse the hair and scalp to free it of the build up of dirt and products. I notice that my hair thrives best when it's cleaned, well conditioned and moisturized. Doing this consistently just really sets your hair up to be properly moisturized all the time. You want to make sure your hair is properly moisturized before you even style the hair. At least I do. I also make sure to spray my hair with water every two or three days before I style it (twists, braid out, bun, or bantu). Replinishing the hair of moisture is everything. Pay close attention to how your hair feels. Is it stiff or frizzy? A great way to replenish the hair is by using of course water, rose water, or a watery based leave-in.
Understand that water is the ultimate source of moisture. Our hair loves it. Just keep in mind that water alone will not solve the problem of dryness. You've got to seal in that moisture to avoid the frizz, tangles, and matted roots. Go out and get yourself a few products that promote and seal moisture. Try to avoid using mostly alcohol based products. I'd say to make sure you have an awesome deep conditioner, Leave-in, hair lotion, and oil. Make sure you have a great water based leave-in, a moisturizing refreshing spray, and a great oil to lock it all in, which leads me to my next point...
4. The LOC Method
This is a great start for beginners. If you are unsure of what you are doing definitely keep the LOC method in mind. I think I was doing the LOC method before I even knew what it was. Just out of routine when I would complete my weekly regimen. Here's what it stands for: L- applying a liquid ( Leave-in Conditioner with a water base) O- for oil or butter to be applied and finally C-styling cream or gel. Basically it's steps in which you are moisturizing your hair and then sealing it with a hair butter or oil, so that all of the moisture is locked in. At the same time you optimally protect your hair. These steps happen after you have washed your hair.
If your hair is going through a bit of a dry spell go into heatless protective mode for a bit. Nix the blow driers and curl wands for a while. Try perm rods, flexi rods, or even do like a halo braid. The style that I'm wearing in these photos are a result of perm rods. Super easy to do and no heat used at all.
***I hope these steps could at least get you thinking and going on the road to better moisturized hair. These things have worked for me but I understand that everyone's hair is different so please do a little more research if you are still struggling. The most important thing I would say here is not to overthink anything. Keep everything simple. Once you've got down your routine make sure your using good product and you should be good to go love. This post is based on my experiences and includes info I've looked up on WebMD.
Oh, and down below I wanted to include a few products that your hair may like and links to some tools that can give you some heatless curls. I really hope this helps you out. Let me know if you have any questions. Do you struggle with dry hair?