Happy New Year and welcome back to the Newbie Natural series. In January it’s hot and dry for us in Nairobi. These are the external weather conditions that our ‘fros have to deal with. The everlasting question is, how do we get a hold of and maintain the moisture that our hair needs. In today’s article, I have some great pointers that can help you retain moisture in our strands.
STRIVE TO PRE-POO
It’s a technique that we’ve discussed before in this series. It’s basically about adding oils to your hair before shampooing, to prevent it hair from being stripped of its natural oils during cleansing. For an effective pre-poo, it’s best advised to use penetrative oils like coconut, olive or avocado oils.
USE A MOISTURIZING SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER
A good moisture regimen begins on wash day. Try to avoid using shampoos that are high in sulfates as those are elements that will dry out your hair. It is essential to condition after every wash to get back the moisture lost during cleansing.
DEEP CONDITIONING HELPS
A good session of deep conditioning (DC) adds any lost moisture and nutrients back to your hair. Always deep condition with a moisture rich conditioner. You can either buy or do it yourself. I shared cheap and easy D.I.Y hair deep conditioning recipes in this post. For maximum effectiveness, you can sit under a hooded dryer or steamer for fifteen minutes or so. Alternatively, don your plastic cap and a beanie or scarf and do some vigorous physical task to generate body heat.
As we purpose to infuse and retain moisture in our hair, we need help to attract it from the environment. Humectants are substances do just that, some of the best-known examples include Glycerin, Aloe Vera juice, and Honey. An easy way to incorporate them is by adding them to your Spritz bottle or your DIY deep conditioning mix.
A great way to ensure that your hair stays moisturized between wash days is to re-moisturize during the week. Depending on your porosity it could be daily, every other day or just once a week. It ensures that your hair has a constant moisture supply.
I revamp my hair’s moisture levels right in the middle of the week. I like to call this the “Midweek Moisture”. My preferred method is the L.C.O (Liquid Cream Oil) method.
What I use:
- Spritz bottle mix (find the recipe here ).
- Leave-in conditioning cream
- Light oil of choice e.g. Jojoba, Moringa or Argan Oil
- Shea or preferred butter
How I do it:
- Separate your hair into sections (Working in sections makes your task so much easier).
- Spritz your hair with your spray bottle mix
- Massage the water into your hair using the praying hands motion.
- Apply your leave-in conditioning cream
- Apply oil
- Seal in the moisture with your butter
- Style your hair as desired
SEAL IN THAT MOISTURE!
LOC/LCO is a well-known technique used to infuse moisture into your strands. The C stands for creaming your hair after applying for a liquid/leave in and oil. A heavy oil like castor oil or a butter-like Shea Butter is best advised. Using a creme keeps the moisture in your strands (especially the ends), and you will realize that you don’t have to re-moisturize as much between wash days.
SATIN/SILK IS BAE
Your night routine should never be without a satin/silk scarf or pillowcase as it ensures that your hair retains moisture at least until morning. Cotton pillowcases sap moisture out of our hair and cause it to be dry and crinkly. If you are not big on scarves, a satin pillowcase or a satin bonnet will be an amazing substitute.
LOVE YOUR ENDS
Your ends are the oldest part of your hair and resultantly loose moisture the fastest. Ensure you give them extra love. Protective styling in buns and styles that tuck in your ends are a good way to keep moisture in tour hair.
PS MODE & LOW MANIPULATION
Keeping your hair in protective styles where your ends are kept away helps your hair maintain moisture. Protective styles also reduce Hair-in-Hand (HiH) syndrome which also tends to pull moisture away from your hair. Protective styles may be long-term like like braid extensions, two strand twists and short-term low manipulative hairstyles like buns, twist outs and updos.
Remember that moisture is your natural hair’s best friend. Learn how your hair best retains moisture and stick to it. Your hair will love you for it.
HOW DO YOU KEEP MOISTURE IN YOUR HAIR? WHICH METHOD ABOVE WOULD YOU LIKE TO INCORPORATE INTO YOUR ROUTINE? LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS SECTION BELOW:
This article first appeared on Just Her Kenya on 10/01/2018.
Ruth is an architectural student by profession as well as a lifestyle blogger. She is excited about natural hair, skin and nutritional health. She shares her passion with readers on the Just Her Kenya website.