Moisturizing Natural Hair is a foreign concept to many! Some will say, “My hair is so dry! What can I do?” “I hate that my hair is so rough and hard, what am I doing wrong?” “My natural hair is too nappy to be soft!”
These are all things that I have heard my natural hair wearers ask and/or say. Most natural will go back to a relaxer or hide their natural hair because they simply do not know how to keep their natural hair soft and moisturized.
Black hair or African American hair regardless if it is relaxed, transitioning, or natural tends to be dryer then that of other races. Knowing this first will help you refocus on how you can help your hair.
So now let’s focus on some action steps that you can take.
Yes, most people have the misconception that products like hair creams and hair butters are what you need for moisturizing natural hair. But that is only the half truth. You first need water!
Water is the only thing that can moisturize your hair. The water in itself provides the soft and manageable feel of healthy hair. Therefore you can use a spray bottle filled with water to damped hair or you can use a water based product.
A water based product is a hair product that has water as the first word listed in its ingredients list found on the back of the product.
This is mostly found the form of leave in conditioners. They can be found in a spray or watery cream like form. However you must make sure the first ingredient is water. Even if the hair product is water like in consistency, do apply it first if water is not the first ingredient.
Some awesome leave in that I have used and love are:
•Giovanni direct leave in (cream)
•Aussie moist leave in spray
•Oyin Handmade’s Juices and Berries Spray
•My Homemade Water spray of 1 part vegetable glycerin and 2 parts water
However like I stated before this is only half of the moisturizing natural hair formula.
Now that you have your water or water based products you have to follow and apply a sealant to your natural hair.
A sealant is a butter, cream, or oil that seals in the water and provides a protective layer from outside drying agent. Elements of the world such as the wind, extreme heat or cold, and the sun can and will dry out your black hair. The sealant does an excellent job or keeping your african american hair moist while blocking these elements.
Some wonderful sealants that I utilize are:
•Oyin handmade’s whipped pudding
•Extra virgin olive oil
Remember:Water or(water based product)+Sealant=Moisturized Hair!
This is key to moisturizing natural hair!
Extra tip: Depending on the type of afro hair you have, you will need to adjust the formula. Fine natural hair or fine black hair needs less (water)product and sealant. Whereas thicker and dryer hair needs more (water) product and sealant.So make adjustments as needed so you can obtain soft and moisturized natural hair.
Also depending on the style at that time, you will need less or more moisture. Black hair that is worn out need more moisture than hair that is in protective styles.
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