Battling dry hair is an issue for all naturals for various reasons, including the environment, manipulation, over-exposed ends, and the basic shape of the hair strand. The curlier your hair, the more difficult it is for moisture to travel down the strand, making the situation even more complicated. Our strands tangle a lot. So, we will look at how to moisturize dry natural hair.
It may surprise you to know that as easy as the word Moisturizing, many Naturalists still find it challenging to do it properly, maybe for the wrong reason or just being lazy, natural, and not patient enough to moisturize that hair. If this is right to most of us, you aren’t doing any good to your natural hair because you can’t grow a plant without proper watering and maybe trimming once in a while. It is easier to have a plan of action in place, regardless of your hair type or porosity, so you understand what to do if the hair is dry.
What Is Moisturizing?
Moisturizing is a diffused liquid, especially water or water-based liquid, used to restore moisture to something dry, such as the skin, hair, or other dry substances. It is essential to moisturize our skin, so your hair can not be that far away or different from your skin.
Moisturizing the hair, especially when you have 4c/4b/4a hair that tends to dry out quickly, moisturizing should be your best friend, as it restores moisture to the hair and makes it more manageable.
When it comes to moisturizing, this can include the following: Water or Leave-in conditioner (water base leave-in) or any other water-based moisturizer for hair.
Whiles Using the LCO (Liquid-Cream-Oil) method to moisturize your hair, Be sure to use the right product, which will help your hair be moisturized and hold on to the curl pattern of the hair for some time.
Water moisturizes your hair, as well as when you use aloe vera gel too. You can also use an exceptional leave-in conditioner in place of water. Oil helps your hair hold onto the water and cream seal in or locks in the moisture, as most naturals call it.
Below Are 3 Ways To Moisturize Dry Natural hair
1. Co-wash When You Need Moisture
It’s one thing to get your spray bottle and add moisture with a few little sprays on your hair. However, if your hair is susceptible to dryness, get into the shower and drench your hair with water and conditioner. Leave some of the conditioners in your hair as well.
After you co-wash, use your oil to coat your strands, then seal with your favorite hair cream like shea butter which is the basis of the LOC method.
2. Weekly Deep Conditioning
If you’re not a fan of old-school deep conditioning, don’t even think about asking how to deal with dry hair. If you don’t have a deep conditioning cap, take an old clean plastic bag and drench your hair before covering your head with it.
Sit under the dryer for about 20 minutes, and the heat will open your cuticles, allowing your moisturizing products to penetrate the hair shaft. Another method is to wrap in a thick towel without heat for about 45 minutes. Deep conditioning is excellent for women with low porosity hair who find it hard to get moisture into their hair.
3. Overnight Deep Conditioning
Here is another excellent way to deep condition your hair — mainly if it’s extremely dry in preparation for bed. Use a deep conditioning cap or plastic bag to cover your saturated, conditioned hair, then wrap it in your silk scarf. The heat generated by the plastic cap and your scarf will allow the conditioner to penetrate your strands and eliminate dryness. When fighting dryness, the most important thing to remember is that you should always use water-based hair products (make sure that water is the first ingredient on the ingredient list) and do not be afraid to be active in your approach.
Tip: Moisturizing dry hair with a spray bottle can work in some cases, but for some of us, we need to start fresh, and an excellent old co-wash is what it will take.