This might take a little getting used to. But natural hair is dry. This means that our scalp produces natural oils that do not slide down our hair strands easily as it would for people with straight hair. So these natural oils tend to just sit on the scalp, building up and being all flaky and itchy. Then there is another set of people whose scalps don’t produce as many natural oils/sebum as they should and this causes dry scalp.
This is where a good moisturizing routine comes into the picture. Moisturizing your natural hair helps to seal moisture into your hair strands, so your kinky curls stay hydrated and flourishing. To keep those curls popping, here are the best methods to keep your natural hair moisturized. Learn how to keep your hair natural, soft, and moisturized for days.
Try cutting down the number of times you shampoo per week to three of four, instead of every day. Because of the way they clean, even moisturizing shampoos with beneficial oils can rob hair of its natural moisture. Just rinse your hair thoroughly twice a week during your daily shower and avoid relying on products that deplete your natural hair oils
Your natural hair needs an oil, a reasonable quantity of it to moisturize your hair. If you have a super oily scalp, probably skip this part. But if you produce a negligible quantity of sebum, then you may need to add an extra bit of oil to your scalp. You can do this by using some natural oils like coconut oil, olive oil, or black castor oil. But applying oil to your scalp every day is a big no-no and not very effective. Also, remember that oil is not a moisturizer and you need to apply a light water-based mist to your scalp before the oiling process to get in some moisture into your hair.
Sealants contain butter or oils that help to seal in moisture into your natural hair and keep your hair shafts supple. Your sealants do the work of smoothing your hair cuticles. Sealing/smoothing of the hair cuticles is a very important step of this routine because it helps to lock in moisture into the hair.
After every wash, conditioning the hair serves as a way of adding moisture back into the hair shafts. The deep conditioning process involves raising the hair cuticles with heat so your deep conditioner mix can penetrate the hair shaft with all the natural ingredients and allow your hair to keep extra moisture for days. Deep conditioning your natural hair helps to prevent hair damage, dry/dull hair and restores your natural shine. Ensure that you deep condition your natural hair at least once a week.
As soon as you have washed your hair and dried it enough to stop the drips, apply the product. The job of a wonderful product is to seal in the moisture. If you are applying product to dry hair, it can appear moisturized because of the shine but you can actually seal dry hair which can cause damage in the long run.
For some of us, edges can be really frustrating while for others their edge hair seems as strong as the rest of the head. Edges can be easy to damage because they are right on the hairline and are the first line of defense. When you style your hair make sure you don’t neglect your edges. You can use styling gel or moisturize slightly more frequently than the rest of your hair.
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.