Dry hair. We’ve all been there. In the summer, the sun and heat wreak havoc on our strands. In the winter, the brutal cold can strip your hair of moisture. No matter what you do, it feels like a lost cause. You wonder, “Am I destined to have dry, dull hair forever?”
Here’s the good news: we’ve rounded up some of the most common culprits that cause dry strands and what you can do to moisturize dull hair. Soon enough, you’ll have luscious and shiny locks.
Top 5 Causes of Dry Hair
Your hair is smart. Each strand has a protective layer called the cuticle that helps protect your mane from damage. When a cuticle’s layers are weathered away, it has trouble retaining moisture and oil. What causes this harm?
Problem 1: Over Washing
Washing your hair can feel good. After all, it cleanses your hair and leaves it feeling brand new. But did you know that washing your hair too frequently can leave strands washed out? No thanks!
• Depending on your hair texture, try washing with shampoo every few days rather than every day. This will give your scalp a chance to replenish. If your hair needs a cleanse, try dry shampoo or rinsing only with water.
• Make sure to select a shampoo that is created to help quench dry hair like our Coconut Water & Jasmine Shampoo that will leave your strands hydrated and squeaky clean.
Problem 2: Too Much Heat
While your curling iron and hair straightener can make your locks look incredible, they sadly create a lot of damage. High temperatures strip your hair of moisture, leaving it dry and broken.
• Take a break from the heat. Try styling your hair without the use of tools. Instead, use a product like our Body Envy Volumizing Mousse to add volume and body to your locks.
• Let your curls bounce with definition using our Mango & Aloe Hair Curl Cream. Add to damp hair, scrunch away, and air dry for natural definition.
• If you can’t avoid using heat tools, make sure that you incorporate a heat protectant in your routine. This helps create a barrier between your strands and the heat from your tools.
Problem 3: Exposure to the Elements
Going outside is fun until it leaves your hair damaged and dry. From UV rays from the sun to brutally cold weather, your mane is constantly put to the test. The elements work overtime to strip your locks of all of its moisture, leaving you frustrated.
• Hats are in fashion. When you are planning on spending a long time outside, wear your favorite hat or scarf to protect your mane from damage.
• Make the switch to a high-quality conditioner made to add moisture back to your hair. Our Coconut Water & Jasmine Conditioner gives thirsty hair all the hydration it needs.
Problem 4: Chemical Dyes
A little blonde here. A splash of red there. The more you color your hair with traditional chemical dyes, the more likely it is left damaged and dry.
• Plant-based antioxidants in our bio:renew collections help fend off damaging free radicals that help fade colored hair. With every wash, hair is replenished with antioxidants.
• Before and after you color your hair, replenish it with a softening hair mask like our Coconut Milk Sulfate-Free Hair Mask Treatment. It is made to deeply moisturize and nourish dry, damaged hair.
Problem 5: Long-Term Damage
Bleaching, dying, using styling tools, and spending hours in the sun can do a number on your hair. The tell-tale sign of damaged hair: dry, brittle locks.
• The hairdresser is your #1 best friend. Plan to get your hair trimmed frequently to remove dead ends and damaged strands. This will make your mane grow healthier and retain moisture.
• Deep conditioning hair mask like our Argan Sulfate free Hair Mask is made to help repair and revitalize dry, damaged hair.
• Add a moisturizing oil to your daily routine. Try our Argan Oil & Aloe Vera Lightweight Hair Oil Mist to gently hydrate, smooth, and repair your hair.
It’s like the melody of a great Gospel song; like the beautiful stitching that holds your leather bound Bible together. I just love descriptive analogies don’t you?
When it comes to achieving or maintaining a healthy head of natural hair, you’v heard it before and it bears repeating.
Now, there’s certainly other elements to having healthy natural hair (like ensuring adequate protein levels) but making sure you have enough moisture in your hair at all times is a big deal. In fact, without keeping your hair moisturized it’s impossible for you to retain length or even rock a hairstyle that looks its best.
The true source of moisture is W-A-T-E-R.
There’s so much debate surrounding the use of oils to moisturize hair but I’m not going to hold any punches. Those who think oils moisturize hair are incorrect. It’s not possible for an oil to impart any moisture into your hair. Oil can only help your hair to retain moisture for short periods of time.
OH, and let’s dispel the myth that you can keep natural hair from drying out. It’s not possible. Your hair will not stay moisturized forever. It will eventually dry out. You have to consistently add moisture to it. Depending on your hair’s porosity type, you may be able to retain moisture a little longer (or not as long) as others but one thing that rings true. You’ll have to proactively add moisture to your hair on a regular basis.
So, how do we get moisture into our natural hair? Even though water is the source of moisture, there’s different techniques you could follow to facilitate the process of getting that moisture into your hair.
The Pre-poo (with Conditioner)
The very first step before washing your hair should be to pre-poo. It’s during this step that you are preparing your hair to receive the moisture obtaining from washing it. It also protects your hair’s moisture levels while it’s being washed.
When using the pre-poo to get moisture into your hair, you’ll want to use more than just an oil. You can still use an oil but using oil AND a conditioner or conditioner alone is what will get moisture into your strands, also making your hair more pliable.
Your deep conditioner is a major way to get moisture into your hair on wash day. Deep conditioners are formulated to be moisturizing. They impart beneficial nutrients and moisture into your hair because deep conditioners are designed to penetrate your hair shaft.
Spritz w/ Water
On of the easiest and fastest ways to get moisture into natural hair is to spray it on in there!
Simply spraying water onto your hair followed by sealing that moisture in with a light oil, leave in conditioner or leave in conditioner + oil will get moisture into natural hair. Alternatively, you can create a DIY moisturizer sprayer by combining water and a styler/leave in conditioner formulated with natural oils (like Camille Rose Naturals Coconut Water Style Setter or Leave In) into a spray bottle and use when needed. Just be sure to add a few drops of vitamin E to the mix, refrigerate and use in 2-3 days. Otherwise, it will spoil.
An effective cream moisturizer must contain water, preferably as the first ingredient. Cream moisturizers can be used at any time you find your hair feeling dry, without frizzing up your style too much.
Apply a moisturizing cream into your hair using the technique of scrunching the product upward into your hair and transform dry dull ends in an instant.
It doesn’t have to be the dead of winter for you to steam your natural hair. Hair steaming opens the hair cuticles to receive moisture. The steaming process actually causes your hair to become moist.
Try steaming your hair in sections, followed by applying a cream moisturizer or leave in conditioner directly afterwards. This is one of the most effective means for moisturizing natural hair.
By applying water or a water based product to your hair followed by covering it with a plastic cap (or you can just work with the ends of your hair), heat is generated from this method.
The Baggy Method encourages your hair’s cuticle layer to be lifted, leading to the increase of moisture throughout each strand of hair.
Unlike the baggy method, the Greenhouse Effect (also called the “GHE”) utilizes oils to get the process of moisturizing started. That may seem like a contradiction to what I said earlier about oils not being capable of moisturizing. It’s not. An oil is applied to damp hair and then a plastic cap is used to cover the head for an extended period of time (usually over night).
The GHE method stimulates sebum in the scalp using your body heat. This method does not encourage the use of commercial moisturizers or leave in conditioners but when you remove the plastic cap after having worn it over night you’ll notice your hair is significantly more moisturized. The heat generated from your body combined with the sebum from your scalp generates quite a bit of moisture.
Keep your natural hair from drying out by proactively moisturizing it. From what you’ve just read, there’s a number of techniques you can try that make moisturizing natural hair pretty simple. A little effort goes a long way toward properly moisturizing natural hair.
Natural hair has its virtues. It’s free of harmful chemical processes and can be easier to maintain. But giving your fragile natural hair the moisture it so desperately needs can be a challenge.
Depending on your hair’s curl pattern and texture, it can be difficult to keep natural tresses hydrated. Although the hair follicles of African-American hair actually produce plenty of sebum, the oil is not evenly distributed. With tightly coiled or spiral-shaped hair follicles, it’s often harder for natural oils from the scalp to travel down the hair shaft. Plus, the porosity of natural hair can affect how well it absorbs and retains the moisture that’s so vital for the health and elasticity of your strands.
To keep natural tresses healthy, soft and supple, follow these simple rules:
Use water-based hair products
Begin with water-based moisturizers. These products will list water as the first ingredient.
Mist to add moisture
If hair is especially dry, spritz with a misting spray or plain water, making sure not to soak tresses. Be sure to moisturize the hair before applying oils, as this prevents moisture from penetrating the hair strands.
Oil to seal in the moisture
Make this the last step or the water will evaporate and really dry the hair. Don’t seal your hair with a water-based moisturizer because the liquid in it will also evaporate and tresses will eventually appear dry; use an oil, such as jojoba.
This step helps hair to retain moisture and assists moisturizers, oils and ointments in penetrating the strands. Use a butter-based product, such as shea butter or a moisturizing cream or soufflé. To avoid product buildup, apply conditioner to hair only, not the scalp. Cover with a plastic cap and sit under a hooded dryer or keep on overnight.
Use a hair steamer
This nifty appliance opens up the cuticles and allows products to be absorbed by the hair to hydrate thirsty strands. When paired with a conditioner, the steamer helps the product penetrate your tresses.
It’s what you do before you shampoo. Coat the hair from root to tip with natural oil to add moisture prior to washing to stop breakage, help with detangling and make hair easier to manage during cleansing. Try coconut, avocado or olive oils, as they work well to penetrate the hair shaft.
Co-washing (using only conditioner, no shampoo) is another method to decrease the dryness that can be caused by washing the hair. Washing hair with a conditioner instead of shampoo is gentler on natural hair and won’t strip your mane of natural oils.
Opt for gentle products
Avoid sulfate shampoos, which dry hair, and products with alcohol, mineral oil and petroleum oil, which are actually sealants and also dry out the hair.
Nourish tresses from the inside out
Eat a well-balanced whole-foods diet containing healthy protein, omega-3s, vitamin A (beta-carotene), vitamin B complex, vitamins C and E and minerals, such as iron, selenium, copper, silicon sulfur and zinc. And be sure to keep your body hydrated by drinking plenty of fresh water.
Make It Moist
Drink water and spritz it on hair to soften and hydrate tresses.
Just like the body, hair needs water to maintain healthy strands. When it comes to naturally moisturizing hair, this precious liquid is second only to sebum. Hair needs water to help maintain elasticity and stretch without breaking off, which can easily happen when you manipulate breakage-prone natural hair with styling and washing.
But liquids alone don’t hydrate hair. In fact, without applying a moisturizer, water can cause dryness because upon its evaporation, the hair dries and moisture can drain from the outer layer (cortex).
Although water is ideal for misting protective styles, hair can be affected by the type of water in your area. Hard water, for example, has a high mineral content, which makes it difficult to work with. Hard water can make it tricky to rinse away shampoo and other products.
One solution is to invest in a water purification system. Another is to use purified or distilled water to rinse the hair after shampooing. In addition, chelating, or clarifying, shampoos can help remove hard-water deposits.
As an alternative, try a weak apple cider vinegar hair rinse once a month. Add two tablespoons to 16 ounces of distilled or filtered water. Let sit for one to two minutes and rinse thoroughly.
Finally, drink up! Water flushes out toxins, helps hydrate the body and regulate the circulatory system, and delivers nutrients and moisture to the hair follicles.
The hunt for moisture can be found happening across natural hair message boards, groups and in the hair aisles of your favorite stores. However, as most naturals know, this issue of moisture is a little more complex and can’t be solved simply by slathering the hair in oils, butters and other concoctions that may be mixed from the kitchen.
We’ve all heard countless times that water is a natural girl’s best friend…but how SWAY?!
Natural hair needs hydration. Hydra=water. When the hair is shampooed the cuticle is lifted, allowing the moisture i.e., water (hydration) into the hair strand. When conditioner (sealant) is added to the hair the cuticle is closed and the water is sealed in. At this point no more water can be allowed back into the hair strand and no more water can get out of the hair strand. The hair at this point is hydrated/moisturized.
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Now how does one build a hydrating hair regimen? Well, it starts with these four tips:
1. Have a proper cleansing regimen.
A solid cleansing regimen that includes regularly shampooing the hair every 7-10 days is the holy grail to achieving healthy, hydrated hair. Also, it is very important that every natural includes a clarifying shampoo in the mix on an as needed basis. Clarifying will not only do your scalp good, but it will also remove build up, dirt, heavy oils and butters while allowing your curls to pop.
2. Use products that are water soluble.
A water-soluble silicone means that it is able to dissolve in water. It is a silicone that is easy to wash out of the hair and doesn’t leave heavy build up. Look for products containing cyclomethicone. This is the most commonly used silicone in hair care products and it does everything silicone promises to do, but won’t leave build up on the hair. Dimethicone copolyol is water soluble, too. It’s a bit more pricey, but it’s lightweight and leaves very little build up on the hair.
Frizz, dullness, breakage and split ends are all common indicators that your strands are dry and in need of some moisture. But just as one size doesn’t fit all for your skincare needs, the same goes for your hair. “Moisturizing is a tough topic to speak about broadly, as everyone’s hair texture is so different and has its own unique needs,” says Ashley Streicher, a celebrity hairstylist and R+Co collective member.
So, while we can’t exactly customize a regimen for each and every one of you, we can, with the help of some pros, help you figure out why your hair might feel drier than usual and share some ways you can moisturize it more effectively.
What Causes Dry Hair?
“The first thing is to determine is whether or not the hair is dry or if it’s damaged,” says Matt Rez, a celebrity colorist and Redken brand ambassador. “These two issues can be confusing as they can happen at the same time.”
“The difference between the two is that dryness is caused by the absence of moisture, whereas damage is caused by broken bonds, which is a protein issue,” Rez says.
A telltale sign that hair is damaged? “It feels gummy when it’s wet. Also, it’s more prone to breakage. When it’s a moisture issue, the hair has a ton of split ends and looks lackluster when it’s dry. If not cared for with the right products, dry hair will eventually lead to breakage,” explains Rez.
He adds that it’s important to differentiate between the two issues because the way you would care for them is very different. “Treating dry hair with protein—like you would for damaged hair—can make it drier, and simply using moisturizing products on damaged hair won’t help reverse the damage itself.”
If your hair is dry, read on for some ways to keep your hair healthy and well-moisturized.
How to Moisturize Dry Hair
1. Use a hydrating shampoo.
These shampoos tend to be creamy, rather than clear in texture and are formulated with moisturizing ingredients like jojoba, argan, avocado, almond or apricot kernel oil. Other ingredients like glycerin and aloe vera also help hydrate parched ends.
2. Skip the daily shampoo.
Take a day off between shampooing your hair to give your scalp time to replenish its natural oils. If you have oily roots or your hair tends to fall flat, use a dry shampoo in-between to absorb excess oils and boost volume.
3. But never skip conditioner.
Even on the days where you don’t shampoo, always use conditioner on your mid-lengths and ends. Rake it through so it coats your hair evenly and rinse well to finish.
4. Add an overnight mask to your routine.
Once or twice a week, apply a conditioning treatment or hydrating hair oil to the mid-lengths and ends (where hair is driest). Wrap it up in a silk scarf before you sleep, and you’ll wake up with smoother, rehydrated stands.
5. Don’t forget your scalp.
Notice that we’ve repeatedly recommended that you only apply conditioners and oils to the mid-lengths and ends? That’s because your scalp already produces natural sebum. Applying additional oils can cause buildup and dandruff (and make your roots greasy). Instead, opt for scalp-friendly products that have anti-fungal or anti-inflammatory properties and will keep your scalp balanced.
6. Use a leave-in conditioner.
“Washing, styling and really just being out in the environment can take a toll on your hair in the dryness department,” says Streicher, “which is why we all need to add some daily moisture to our strands.” Streicher likes a leave-in conditioner and recommends applying it to damp (not wet) hair before you apply any other styling products or heat style your hair.
7. Lay off the heat styling.
On that note, whenever possible, try to limit how often you use dryers and irons. And when you do use them, always select a lower setting (within the 200 to 300-degree range).
8. Drop the brush.
And replace it with a wide-toothed comb to avoid snagging your hair. Another thing: Comb your hair in the shower, when it’s completely soaked and coated in conditioner, starting from the ends and slowly working your way up to safely detangle your strands.
9. Reconsider your color placement.
If you usually get all-over color or highlights, consider switching to partial highlights or balayage, which only lightens the mid-lengths and ends of your hair and requires less touchups to maintain.
10. Don’t forget the UV protection.
Overexposure to the sun can further strip dry hair of moisture. Prevent this as much as possible by wearing a hat or scarf when you’re planning on spending a lot of time in the sun—or apply a UV protectant before heading outdoors.
Looking for more recommendations? Here are three products that our stylists swear by for treating dry hair.
1. R+Co Sun Catcher Power C Boosting Leave-In Conditioner
“This can be used straight out of the shower on wet and dry hair,” says Streicher. “It’s lightweight and made to be used every day. It adds moisture to your hair without you even realizing it.”
2. Kopari Coconut Melt
“Coconut oil is a great DIY option, as it has natural healing properties,” says Rez. “To use, warm up a dollop of coconut oil in the microwave for 30 seconds and apply it to freshly shampooed (but non-conditioned), towel-dried hair for as long as possible before rinsing. “The longer you keep it on, the better, but I would avoid applying to roots as it can leave hair looking greasy,” advises Rez.
3.Redken Oil for All
For dry hair, Rez recommends this hair oil because it’s weightless and works for all hair types and textures. “You can use it before a blow out as a heat protectant, which also reduces dry time and cuts down on frizz. You can also apply it to dry hair for extra shine and to seal in moisture.”
If you have Type 4 hair, then you’ve been blessed with kinky or coily hair that is naturally dry and spongy in texture. Depending on whether you’re 4A, 4B, or 4C, your curls may be tighter or form more of a zigzag to your scalp.
In this blog, we’re addressing the 4C gals specifically. These gorgeous locks are stunning, but shrinkage and dryness are often major concerns. As the most tightly coiled curls on them all, your hair is also more fragile than the rest. Keeping 4C hair moisturized can be difficult, but we’ve got 10 amazing tips for you that will make hair care a breeze.
1. Stay hydrated
This is your mom’s favorite piece of advice. Drink water…and then drink some more. If you’re not hydrating, you’re going to see it in your skin and hair. How much water should you be drinking? Simply put, as much as your body can handle. If you can drink at least 2 liters per day, you’ll be in good shape.
2. Use a good moisturizer
Is your hair dry and frizzy? A good moisturizer can help you bring your dry and damaged curls back to life. Try the Taliah Waajid Curly Curl Cream . It’s a non-greasy cream that easily shampoos out with no build-up. It’ll condition and nourish your hair and enhance moisture and shine all while defining your natural texture. Bring out those coils and watch your curls blossom.
3. Lock in moisture using the LOC method
The LOC method is one of the best ways you can keep 4C hair moisturized. This method relies on hydrating the hair with water or water-based product. The moisture is then sealed in with an oil, and then the hair cuticles are closed using a cream, which prevents loss of moisture.
Cream: C stands for cream, and this is the final step. it helps you lock in the moisture, so you won’t have to do this method every single day. You can use a curling cream or general moisturizing cream. Whatever you find works best to style your hair and retain that moisture as well.
4. Minimize heat exposure
Avoiding heat is one of the best ways to keep your hair moisturized. While flat irons, curling irons, and blow dryers are great styling tools, they easily strip the moisture out of your hair. Here are a few ways that you can minimize heat exposure and prevent dry and brittle hair when you do need to use these tools.
- Limit heat use: The easiest of all the ways. Don’t use it when you don’t have to!
- Use low-temperature settings: While your tools may go up to crazy high temperatures like 450 degrees Fahrenheit, most hair experts say not to exceed 410 degrees Fahrenheit. Don’t use a high heat setting just to use it. If a low temperature will get the job done, then you should default to that.
- Don’t heat style damp hair: Applying hot tools to damp hair fries your hair. You’re taking fragile hair and causing drastic damage to it. Make sure your hair is dry before you use a curling or flat iron on it.
- Use a heat protectant: Using a heat protectant before using any hot tools can help prevent brittle hair, breakage, or split ends.
- Choose for heat-free styling: There is a whole range of heat-free styling techniques. Choose protective styles to protect your hair rather than styles that require heat.
5. Don’t touch!
Do you constantly have your fingers in your hair? We don’t blame you. We do it too. You may just want to feel your curls or make sure they’re the right shape. Unfortunately, touching your hair constantly can cause it to dry out faster. Keeping your hands out can help your hair stay in better shape.
6. Sleep in a satin bonnet
Sleep can cause a dramatic amount of damage to dry hair. Sleeping in a satin bonnet can help you retain some of the moisture and prevent some of the breakage you would otherwise cause at night due to friction. Invest in a satin bonnet and say hello to healthy curls!
7. Wear protective hairstyles
Keeping your hair in protective hairstyles can help prevent overexposure to elements that make your hair dry or brittle. While your hair is in these styles, you can keep re-moisturizing as well. Read our Protective Styles Regimen Guide
8. Deep condition your hair
The process of deep conditioning means applying and leaving the product on your hair for at least 30 minutes to ensure it can penetrate your hair deeply and pack it with the nutrients to thrive. Deep conditioning should be a regular part of your hair care regimen because it can add back moisture and help reduce frizz. Here is a great deep conditioner to try out.
9. Spritz leave-in on your hair regularly
Did you know the 4C hair loves water? Make it a habit to routinely spritz your hair with a DIY spray that can help you add some much-needed moisture back into your scalp.
Create your own custom leave-in spritz by mixing together water and your favorite conditioner. Start with less conditioner as you can always add more.
You can also purchase a stellar leave-in like this the Intense Moisture Bamboo and Coconut Milk Strengthening Leave-in Conditioner . If you currently love your conditioner, a DIY spritz may be the way to go. If you’re looking to switch things up, then trying a new leave-in may be a good move.
10. Trim it regularly
Frequent haircuts can help prevent breakage and over-drying. While most people go longer between haircuts, cutting your hair makes it healthier and easier to maintain. If you’re overdue for a trim, apply oil to the ends of your hair to help treat the split ends.
There you go! These 10 ways to keep 4C hair moisturized and healthy can be easily integrated into your hair care routine. Don’t be afraid to try a new product or method if your hair has been a little lackluster in the last few months. Healthy curls are in your future!
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Dry hair can be a bane, whether it’s summer or winter. Dry hair not only look dull but it is also prone to split ends, breakage and thinning. The best way to rescue dry and damaged hair is to — hydrate them. Just like your skin, your hair too needs hydration. The more hydrated your hair, the healthier it is. Well-moisturised hair is thick, shiny and strong. But how do you hydrate dry hair?
As a hair specialist, we share with you this SOS guide to add moisture to your dry hair:
- Massage the scalp with a hydrating hair oil
The oil acts as a replenishing agent that provides hydration to the lifeless locks by penetrating deep into the roots. The Earth Collective Almond oil is specially designed to nourish dry hair. Enriched with the goodness of Triphala and Nagarmotha, the multi-functional oil moisturizes, conditions and enhances the shine of your hair naturally.
2) Choose a hydrating shampoo and conditioner
The best shampoo and conditioner for dry hair will clean your hair without stripping it of its natural oils. The Earth Collective Cleanser and Conditioner for Dry and Damaged hair lock in moisture and provide a long-lasting nourishment to hair. They hydrate and repair the hair to make it smoother and shinier. Not just that they also regulates the moisture balance of the scalp and restores the pH balance of the hair.
3) Go for deep conditioning treatment once a week
Dry hair needs an extra boost of moisturization. Hair masks are beneficial for dry, damaged, or frizzy hair. The Earth Collective Damage Control Hair Mask has a powerful ultra-conditioning formula that deeply nourishes the hair. Apply the mask generously on damp hair before shampooing. Use it once a week.
4) Brush hair in the right way
To prevent hair breakage, avoid brushing hair when it is wet. Dry and brittle hair should be given extra attention so that hair fall and breakage can be managed well. Comb your hair once it is semi-dry. Use The Earth Collective Anti-Frizz hair serum to lock in moisture, keep flyaways in check. Brush it gently with a wide-toothed comb to remove the knots and tangles.
5) Protect hair from damage
Some useful hair tips to protect hair from damage include
— Avoid too much sun exposure. If you cannot, apply a protective Sun Protection hair serum when you step out.
— Wear head caps while swimming. Do not let your hair come in direct contact with chlorinated water in swimming pools.
— Do loose hairstyles instead of tight ponytails.
— Opt for hair products that are free from harmful chemicals such as parabens, sulfates and mineral oils.
— Do not use hot water when washing your hair. Use cold water or lukewarm to reduce moisture loss.
— Go for trimming of hair in regular intervals to prevent split ends.
6) Use a hair moisturizer while styling hair
Sometimes opt for hairstyles that do not need heat-styling tools. Loose buns, braids, soft waves made by scrunching wet hair are some heat-free hairstyles. Use a hair moisturizer to help your hair retain hydration. The Earth Collective Hair Moisturizer hydrates the inner shafts of the hair and is great for styling your hair.
Follow these easy and simple hair care tips and flaunt your glorious mane.
In the same way you use a moisturizer for your skin, your hair needs the same daily dose of hydration. No matter your issue — split ends, brittle strands, lack of luster — there are a number of common causes for less-than-healthy-looking hair: “Sun exposure, chlorine, shampooing too frequently, not using conditioner, and washing with extra hot water are all factors,” says hairstylist Eliut Rivera, owner of Eliut Salon in New York City.
If you frequently use hot tools and hair color, which usually contain dehydrating ammonia, stands can really start to show signs of damage. “Heat can cause moisture inside the hair to evaporate and upset the protective lipid balance,” explains Randy Schueller, cosmetic chemist and co-founder of The Beauty Brains.
Products like split end menders, leave-in conditioners, and deep conditioning treatment masks can seal the outer layer of strands so they temporarily appear smoother and less frayed and feel softer, explains Beauty Lab Director Birnur Aral, director of the Good Housekeeping Institute’s Beauty Lab. These products can also help protect hair from further damage by providing a coating that buffers against friction and other offenders like heat.
These top picks for best hair moisturizers are backed by our Good Housekeeping Seal, top-tested in our Beauty Lab, or editor favorites. Even better, almost all are at the drugstore!
Natural Hair NEEDS Moisture, Moisture, & More Moisture.
I really can’t emphasis the importance of moisturizing enough.
Your moisturizing routine or lack thereof can literally make or break your hair.
Your hair needs moisture. And water equals moisture.
In the past, we have been taught that water makes our hair dry and brittle. Now we know, that is so false. Your hair needs water.
Read all 10 Ways to Add More Moisture to Your Hair Below.
1. Shampoo your hair. No matter your method (meaning whether you’re using a shampoo bar, cleansing cream or some other gentle sulfate-free product), keep your hair clean. Although it seems counterproductive — since the wash process can be drying — shampooing your hair removes product buildup that prevents products from penetrating your hair shaft.
If your efforts to add moisture to your hair seem in vain, then it may be time for a shampooing session. Your products may simply be sitting on top of your hair, rather than moisturizing it.
2. Pre-poo your hair. If your hair feels excessively dry during the wash process, then consider pre-pooing your hair with an oil of your choice. Coconut oil is a great option for pre-pooing hair since it reduces protein loss that occurs during the wash process.
3. Co-wash your hair. Does your hair feel excessively dry in between shampoos? Need an extra boost of moisture? Then try co-washing your hair for that extra boost. Many times, if your hair is very dry, the only way to regain moisture is for it to be soaked in water. The important thing is to seal in that moisture with an oil or butter like shea butter.
4. Steam your hair. Don’t want to co-wash your hair mid-week? Consider steaming your hair. The QRedew Handheld Steamer is a great way to steam your hair on the go.
Another option is to steam your hair in the shower. Steaming your hair is a great way to lift the hair cuticle so that products can better penetrate the hair. Furthermore, steaming is much less wear and tear on your hair than co-washing your hair.
5. Deep condition your hair. If you’ve been skipping the deep conditioning portion of your wash, then it’s time to add this important step back to your hair regimen.
For even better results, use indirect heat so that the conditioner can better penetrate the hair. When selecting a conditioner, pick one that specifically states “deep conditioner” or “conditioning masque” on the bottle.
These conditioners are specifically designed for deep conditioning. Here’s a list of our 5 Favorite Deep Conditioners.
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6. Use the LOC (Liquid-Oil-Cream) method to moisturize your hair. In this method, the water moisturizes your hair, the oil helps your hair hold onto the water molecules, and the cream locks in the moisture. For more information about the LOC Method, read LOC Method for Natural Hair.
7. Use a water-based moisturizer. Water is the key to moisture. So, no, grease will not moisturize your hair. Instead, find a daily moisturizer where the first ingredient is water or make your own with these 5 DIY Moisturizing Sprays.
If you like products like shea butters and oils, remember to spritz your hair with water then seal in that moisture using the LOC method described above.
8. Don’t be afraid of water. I know I just mentioned it, but it’s worth repeating. With a relaxer, water is not your friend.
But with natural hair, water is your best friend. Yes, humidity, will frizz out your hair. Rain will ruin your blow out.
In time, you will learn the tricks for styling your hair under these conditions. But while you figure it out, don’t forget that water is still your friend.
9. Drink water! Healthy hair begins with a healthy diet. And since our bodies is over 80% water and is needed to for almost every bodily function, you shouldn’t forget to drink it. Drinking water and eating a healthy diet are much more effective at growing healthy hair than any vitamin.
10. Pay attention to your hair’s moisture. If your hair feels dry and brittle, make sure that you’re properly moisturizing your hair. If your hair feels limp and lifeless, then your hair may actually over-moisturized. [It’s possible.]
Constantly assess your hair needs and act accordingly. Don’t wait until major breakage occurs before you act.
So there you have it! 10 tips for moisturized hair. Tell us in the Comment Section below