One reason why a lot of women are reluctant to go natural or give up easily on their natural hair journey is mostly due to the “dry hair epidemic”.
In the black hair community, no matter how many products we use on our hair, it seems like nothing can keep our kinky, coily hair soft. You might even think that your hair is against you and enjoys frustrating you.
However, if you really look deep down into the reasons why your hair is always dry, you’ll soon find out that it’s because of some of the things that you’re either doing or not doing to your hair.
▪Using Too Many Products
Ever heard the phrase “less is more” or “too much of a good thing could be bad”? I’ve heard of naturals who will use a leave-in conditioner, styling cream, styling gel, and other product combos just to achieve a simple hairstyle such as a twist-out. Layering too many products on your hair will not only weigh your hair down, it will also cause product buildup that can leave white residue on your hair.
Also, applying too many products in your hair can leave it feeling greasy, sticky or even stinky. Another reason why using too many products is bad for the health of your hair is that it doesn’t allow your hair to absorb any moisturizing cream that you might decide to apply on your hair at a later time.
▪Not Using Enough Products
I always giggle at product instructions that recommend using pea-sized or dime-sized amounts of their products in my hair. You see, Type 4 Natural hair is very coily and mostly thick and so products applied to the hair must be applied to small sections of the hair at a time so that the entire head of hair can receive equal amounts of nourishment.
This means that a mere pea-size amount won’t do the job. To ensure that your hair stays moisturized for days, you want to ensure that you apply generous (but not too generous) amounts of product on your hair, starting from the tips and working your way down to the roots- just make sure that you work in a downward movement.
If you suffer from extreme dryness of hair, you can try this homemade oil mix. Never fail to spritz your scalp and hair at regular intervals. Oils work for me in combating dryness (because they seal in moisture), so I recommend this recipe. You must not use all the oils if you don’t have them. You can add palm kernel oil to it, Ifavailable in your local market [it’s an African red oil produced from palm fruits]
The Multi-Oil mix
This leave-in recipe is for oil lovers like me. It will condition your strands, increase the luster of your hair, and reduce split end formation and breakage while styling.
▪3 oz avocado oil
▪2 oz extra virgin olive oil
▪1 oz almond oil
▪1 oz castor oil
▪1 oz melted extra virgin coconut oil
▪5-7 drops of your favorite essential oil
▪Pour all the ingredients into an oil mixer.
▪Shake the bottle well to thoroughly mix the oils together.
▪This can be used on damp (but not too damp), freshly washed hair.
Always remember to sleep with your satin cap on, it also helps to fight dryness as it helps to retain moisture in hair.