Curly hair is drier that our straight-haired counterparts because the natural oils produced by our scalp don't travel as easily down the curly hair shaft as it does the straight one. Think of it as it's easier to drive down a straight road than a winding one. Makes sense?
So how do I kick dry hair to the curb?
1. Moisturize and Seal
|Coconut Oil is a great sealant!|
Moisturizing vs Sealing (The Difference)
Are you LOCing it?!? (Liquid, Oil, Cream)
|My favourite leave-in is Kinky Curly Knot Today|
3. Deep condition!
Once a week. Our hair can get dry easily, so it needs the help! Apply a deep conditioner to your hair, throw on a shower cap or plastic bag (my fav) and sit under a hooded drier (or use a blow drier or hot towel) to apply heat for 15 or so min. The heat opens up the hair follicles to let the magic in....and then rinse and tada!
Remix your Conditioner!
4. Hot oil treatments
Simple and easy. Take a combination of all the natural oils you have (I.e, EVOO, Coconut, castor, avocado) and heat them up. After you wash your hair, apply the oil mixture to damp hair. Throw on a plastic bag and let it sit for a few hours. Rinse and voila! Moisturized softness! Apply a leave in and you're ready to roll!
5. Conditioner Wash (Co-wash)
|My Co-Wash of the moment... Yes To Carrots Pampering Conditioner|
If you're hair is super dry it could be do to excessive shampooing. Shampoos are designed to strip the hair of dirt and oil. And this can leave the hair very dry.
Unless you're using A LOT of products such as gel or styling aids, there's no need to shampoo your hair weekly.
I shampoo my hair once a month if that. And I co-wash instead. Rinsing your hair thoroughly with water and using conditioner like you would shampoo can remove a lot if dirt etc. I co-wash once a week.
However, if you do use a lot of product it's important to cleanse your hair and scalp to prevent product build up. Healthy hair starts with healthy scalp. And make sure you condition to prevent excessive dryness.
6. Baggy method
To help retain moisture as you sleep, throw on a plastic bag or plastic shower cap on your hair. Often times we lose a lot of natural hair oil and moisture to our pillow! After all that hard work...you don't want that.
This can also help to be achieved by wrapping hair with a silk scarf.
Understanding the porosity of your hair will go a long way in using the right methods to moisturize your locks.
"Girl, your hair is so POROUS!"
Hope this helps! Do you have any tips for keeping your locks moisturized? I'd love to hear them!
Until next time.
El amor mira no con los ojos, sino con la mente