When it comes to natural hair one of the number 1 complaint is the dryness. A lot of our everyday uses and ways we do our hair can cause dryness without us even knowing it. Moisture is vital to achieving healthy hair and maintaining your length retention. Here are the 5 K’s that you need to know to prevent dryness and keep that moisture in.
Knowing what works for your hair
A lot of the times well lets say for me and this could be you too. When I transitioned to natural I thought the same products that worked for my relaxed hair would work for my natural hair. If It worked on your relaxed hair it does not mean it will do the same for natural hair. It’s time to begin to check ingredients such as sulfate free shampoos, no mineral oils or silicones. I know when your first start out being natural or still consider yourself new it can be tempting to want to try everything at one but give yourself time. If you are using too many products at one time it can dry your hair out quickly. If your using too many products it’s hard to tell which is causing your hair to be dry. If possible, watch the ingredients you use and keep it simple. The max that should be used once you shampoo and condition should be 2-3 products.
Keeping your hair hydrated
It’s all about hydration when it comes to moisture and ill go through each type of hydration to make sure you have all the info. Lets start with drinking water which makes a big difference when it comes to the health of your hair. Also, when it comes to taking a shower limit the amount of hot water you use on your hair. I know this one is me all day, because it’s been cold outside of course I do not want an ounce of cold water touching me when in the shower. However, remember when you have too much hot water on your hair your opening up the cuticles and letting the moisture out of your hair. Try putting the water to the coldest you can go, then put your hair underneath to seal your hair with cold water to keep the moisture in your hair. Lastly, to keep your hair hydrated doing the LOC method. As you may know, the LOC method is Your Leave-In, Oil and Cream/Gel. My personal favorites are Shea Moisture Curl Milk, Coconut Oil and TGIN Twist and Define Cream. Here below Samirah gives her version of her LCO method to maintain moisture.
Keep your hair protected at night
It is so important in how you take care of your hair at night. We discuss it more here but it’s best to have a satin pillowcase, scarf or bonnet. When you sleep on a cotton pillow without anything to protect your hair, you end up taking all the moisture out your hair which leads to dryness.
Keep your hands out of your hair
I know that it’s tempting to touch your hair, especially when your hair is soft or looking right. However, you must keep your hands out of your hair. When you place your hands in your hair, you are more likely to get more frizz and take the oils out of your hair. This will eventually make your hair extremely dry.
Keep away from heat
I know you probably hear this a lot but staying away from heat is vital in keeping moisture in your hair. If wear a lot of heat, it may not look well when your hair comes back curly due to damage and takes a while for the curls to spring back once heat is applied. Limit the heat. Let me reiterate, placing heat in your hair too much can lead to heat damage and dry hair.
Did I miss anything? What do you do to maintain moisture?