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I received an email from a young lady who was frus­trat­ed with the fact that her hair was so dry and asked me for advice about what prod­ucts to use to get and retain mois­ture in her tress­es. I could total­ly relate because when I start­ed my sec­ond nat­u­ral hair jour­ney in 2010 [my HEALTHY nat­u­ral hair jour­ney]  I encoun­tered the same issue of dry­ness. There are more caus­es of a dry mane than bad pro­duct choic­es. Such as:

1. Exces­sive sham­poo­ing.

Sham­poo­ing hair mul­ti­ple times a week, espe­cial­ly with sham­poo con­tain­ing Sul­fates can strip hour hair of its nat­u­ral oils caus­ing dry and brit­tle hair. Try switch­ing to Sul­fate free sham­poos, or if you MUST use a sham­poo con­tain­ing sul­fates, try a two in one con­di­tion­ing sham­poo (I use Aussie Moist 2 in 1 Sham­poo) or make your own by mix­ing one part sham­poo with one part con­di­tion­er. You can also skip the sham­poo­ing all togeth­er and Co-wash only. Co-wash­ing, is the same process as sham­poo­ing except with con­di­tion­er only. You’d be amazed at the lath­er and cleanse you get from co-wash­ing. I alter­nate between Herbal Essence Hel­lo Hydra­tion and Aussie Moist Con­di­tion­er for my co-wash­es.

2. Not seal­ing mois­tur­ized hair with oil.

It makes no sense to go through all of the trou­ble of con­di­tion­ing if you are not going to seal in the mois­ture with an oil.  WATER, mois­tur­iz­er, con­di­tion­ers or leave-ins with­out an oil to seal them in will only EVAPORATE from your hair. My favorite oil is grape­seed oil, I have also used coconut oil and sweet almond oil to seal my hair. Say it with me now…CLEANSE…MOISTURIZE… SEAL.

3. The envi­ron­ment.

The envi­ron­ment in which you live could also take a toll on your hair mois­ture. Think about it, if humid­i­ty can ruin your sleek hair style, don’t you think the hot sun and harsh wind can suck it dry? In extreme­ly hot and cold months, help pro­tect your hair from the ele­ments by wear­ing hats, bean­ies and pro­tec­tive styles that have the ends of your hair tucked in.

4. Sleep­ing with no Pro­tec­tion.

Not wear­ing a sat­in scarf or bon­net while sleep­ing can also lead to dry­ness. to refresh you hair before bed spray it with a mois­tur­iz­ing spritz or leave-in and apply a small amount of water based mois­tur­iz­er and seal it with and oil or but­ter such as olive oil or shea but­ter.

Ladies, have you expe­ri­enced any of the­se “mois­ture rob­bers”? What would you add to the list?

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Been nat­u­ral for about two years now and up until three months ago I had super dry hair.… I was co wash­ing three times a week and adding moister every day but my hair was still dry.… came across a arti­cle about sil­i­cones and how they work on you hair and decid­ed to stop using any­thing with sil­i­cone in them.… three months lat­er and my hair has nev­er been hap­pier.…. so try using sil­i­cone free prod­ucts

I was doing the loc method on my hair but I could not get past the fact that I was lay­er­ing stuff on my hair so much on days when I had no time to co-wash. I also feel like it was weigh­ing my fine hair down mak­ing it look life­less. I tried to go back to the conditioner/oil method, but as usu­al, it failed me. My hair came out severe­ly dry.  Then one day I thought about some­thing. My hair tests as low poros­i­ty, and no doubt my hair does not absorb hair prod­ucts. But when I get my hair… Read more »
Brady Hyatte

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nikki alston

my hair is tran­si­tion­ing from relaxed and its always super dry. I mois­tur­ize with water and cas­tor oil mix but I need some­thing more…


I love the veg­an sham­poo sys­tem called FC5, sham­poo and nour­ish­ing con­di­tion­er along with the hydrat­ing Sea­source hair mask!!! The­se prod­ucts are made with­out chem­i­cals that my hair loves! You can use the Intel­li­gence Scalp revi­tal­iz­er for healthy scalp and the Sea­source 5 in 1 oil to seal in moisture…the Shea But­ter lotion works great too..,these prod­ucts are what I use for me and my girls hair…


Your hair remains mois­tur­ized via two routes just like your skin. What you put on top of it and what is going on deep beneath. Yes the same things apply like eat­ing a good diet,drinking lots of water but lack of nutri­ents like min­er­als for exam­ple low lev­els of iron which is very dom­i­nant amongst black wom­en, which can be due to prob­lems like endometrio­sis, fibroids and heavy per­oids etc can also apply.Low lev­els of hormones,illness, allergies, intolerances,stress,environmental fac­tors can all con­tribute to the lack of mois­ture of the hair.


I would add “remem­ber to clar­i­fy your hair occa­sion­al­ly”. I add a small amount of bak­ing soda to my sham­poo every now and again to clar­i­fy. Helps my hair retain mois­ture.


If you need mois­ture then use Pro Nat­u­rals prod­ucts. Seri­ous­ly, BEST MOISTURIZING PRODUCTS EVER. 

I start­ed off with their Moroc­can Argan oil and it was work­ing won­ders, but then I stopped using it and went back to heat styling so my hair became dry and dam­aged. I didn’t want to use argan oil pure any­more so I got their hair mask and wow, major dif­fer­ence. I love this brand now, I’m brows­ing right now to get their sham­poo and con­di­tion­er! :)

Annie L.

Great list! For me I would add:

CLAYS and Ayurvedic pow­ders — I’ve noticed the alkalinity/acidity strips too much nat­u­ral oil/slip and expos­es my hair
HUMECTANTS — cer­tain for­mu­la­tions react dif­fer­ent­ly to parts of my mul­ti-tex­ture hair

MUCILAGE/SLIP — An abun­dance of slip, cer­tain types of slip ingre­di­ents and high slip leave-ins just coat my hair like glue, usu­al­ly doesn’t con­tain enough oil and let no mois­ture in, i.e. KCKT which was fine as a rin­se-out but not a leave-in for me.


Ques­tion: My hair is not oil friend­ly, so after I wash, I usu­al­ly add a leave-in and then some shea mois­ture curl enhanc­ing smooth­ie; is that con­sid­ered seal­ing?? I mean, it does have coconut oil in it…

if I add pure oil my hair will be limp and imme­di­ate­ly feel like it needs a wash, regard­less! which is why I don’t “seal”


Yes! I nev­er seal the whole hair strand with oils/butters because I use oil/butter-rich water-based mois­tur­iz­ers (SM Curl & Style Milk or SM Deep Treat­ment Masque). I think of those prod­ucts as “mois­tur­iz­er-sealant hybrids”. Adding oil on top of such a mois­tur­iz­er would be overkill for my hair…


Thank you ladies! Appre­ci­ate your input :)

Rachel R.
I would said Yes it would be con­sid­ered as seal­ing… Rea­son I say this is after you sham­poo or co-wash your hair and you use a leave-in plus if your pro­duct pro­vides the oils you need then yes. But with that said most prod­ucts do not provide ENOUGH per­cent­age of oils in the pro­duct thats why most of us add EXTRA for seal­ing. To solve all of that I just add the oils I like to my pro­duct and con­tin­ue with my two strand that I like. As long as your is not frizzy and it feels soft to the… Read more »

I think that diet is a huge fac­tor as well. Tru­ly healthy hair and skin starts from the inside out. Peo­ple always tell me how healthy my hair looks and com­pli­ment my skin–I tell them I don’t do any­thing spe­cial, but exer­cis­ing a cou­ple of times a week, drink­ing lots of water, and eat­ing healthy over­all. I am by no means a veg­an or veg­erar­i­an and I do eat sweets and drink sodas on occa­sion. It’s all about bal­ance!

Annie L.

+1 I found exter­nal reme­dies did noth­ing until I came to grips with the fact that my body, like a plant, need­ed mois­ture and nutri­ents to dis­play healthy results.

Num­ber 2 should be not seal­ing heav­i­ly enough (depend­ing on your hair). Just seal­ing with an oil still leaves some of us with dry hair. I get some more suc­cess with Cas­tor oil while EVOO, coconut and the oils you list­ed are almost like doing noth­ing. The LOC (liq­uid, oil, cream) seal­ing rou­tine is the only thing that helps keep my hair mois­tur­ized. I use water/conditioner then cas­tor oil or grape­seed oil then put a shea but­ter mix or min­er­al oil on top. It’s made a BIG BIG dif­fer­ence in retain­ing mois­ture for me. Tak­ing time to fig­ure out what… Read more »
Lillian Mae


I recent­ly did my BC and I’ve noticed that my hair is dry and greasy despite the fact that when I washed, I used my liq­uid and creamy leave in, then fol­lowed up with my shea but­ter. In the am, I took my twists down with cas­tor oil.

I noticed in your method you used cas­tor oil; did it leave your hair greasy or mois­tur­ized? Because I don’t want greasy :) so I’m try­ing to bal­ance the greasy and mois­tur­ized feel­ing.

Thanks for you input!


Cas­tor Oil only makes my hair greasy if I use too much oth­er­wise it just mois­tur­izes my hair and leaves it shiny. I think your idea of using a shea but­ter mix is a very good one. Def­i­nite­ly try it for a cou­ple of weeks and see if there’s a dif­fer­ence. Good luck! :)

Annie L.

Cas­tor oil alone leaves me greasy as most oils do. Cas­tor oil in pomades or but­ters works great for me. May­be you don’t need the oil step, just either a pomade or but­ter. I don’t use leave-ins either, is it pos­si­ble one of those is con­tribut­ing?

Lillian Mae

I’ll try just using just my shea but­ter mix with­out the extra oil…I’m hop­ing that will decrease the greasi­ness.

I appre­ci­ate your respon­se.

Rachel R.

I agree…you do have to find what oils works for your hair through tri­al and error. So far coconut oil, grape­seed oil, and shea but­ter is work­ing for me. I want to try the EVOO but not sure. May­be when the win­ter months come I will give it a try. But you are right some oils are lighter and some are heav­ier. I mixed the both and they seem to work for me.


i do ALL the­se things and STILL dry i am at a LOSS of what to do I have TRIED EVERYTHING and still crunchy!!!! HELP


Have you rec’d your Quemet prod­ucts yet, if so, how is your hair respond­ing

I have 4b very dry hair and this is how I keep my hair mois­tur­ized. I run my hair under cold water everyday…use my leave-in, spitz with a mois­tur­iz­er then seal with shea but­ter. I put on a pla­sic cap and shower…sometimes I leave it in the plas­tic cap for a lit­tle longer after the show­er. This process leaves my 4b hair mois­tur­ized and defined. At night I just spritz with dis­illed water, aloe vera gel, and hon­ey mixture(my mois­tur­iz­ing spritz). then seal with a light oil. Put on my sat­in bon­nett. Its seems like now my hair does not… Read more »

Have you tried the LOC method? It’s the only way I can keep my hair mois­tur­ized.


What i have realisedis that KInky tex­tured hairmine espe­cial­ly is dry and that is part of it. I can do my part in fol­low­in­mg the advice the arti­cle gives but the nature of my hair is still the dry type. This leave-in mix real­ly helped me but i gave up mix­ing it due to time con­strain­st the recipe is:

2tb­sp of Cond­tion­er
2tb­sp of Aloe Vera Gel
2tsp of cas­tor Oil
2tsp of Extra Vir­gin Olive Oil

Ain't I an African

Yes! I use this recipe as well, but rather than con­di­tion­er I use a leave in con­di­tion­er. I got the recipe from kim­may­tube. It works amaz­ing­ly on my hair. That is, if I’m sure to use a sat­in bon­net or pil­low­case which I hate doing, but is cru­cial.

Annie L.

Agreed with every­one else, also have you tried strip­ping your hair­care rou­tine down to bare essen­tials such as mois­ture and seal­ing? May­be an ingre­di­ent or ingre­di­ents are amp­ing up the dry­ness.


Me too lexdiamonz…I do every­thing and still have trou­ble main­tain­ing mois­ture…

Jo Somebody

Diet? Water intake lev­els?


work­ing on the diet.… and AMPED up the water intake… will keep try­ing heard about some pro­duct called Qhemet and also talked to a lady today who said she had the same prob­lem UNTIL she start­ed using good old fash­ioned hair GREASE.… will KEEP try­ing i REFUSE to lose LOL


want­ed to add…

make sure you are seal­ing heav­i­ly enough
check your water — hard water com­plete­ly warped my hair poros­i­ty, it can real­ly mess with your hair; Some peo­ple get show­er fil­ters and some even use dis­tilled water…


I per­son­al­ly use rain water in a spritz bot­tle with aloe vera gel and con­stant­ly reap­ply my leave in con­di­tion­er mix. My hair loves it and stays mois­tur­ized even when it is 109 degrees out­side.


thanks usu­al­ly the next day… i ordered the heavy cream HOPING it works LOL


how often is it crunchy?

is it crunchy imme­di­ate­ly after mois­tur­iz­ing (water, mois­tur­iz­er, seal)? or is it the next day?

you might need to damp­en (spritz with water), apply mois­tur­iz­er and may­be seal every day or every oth­er day. i do it now every three days.

may­be you should clar­i­fy your hair, then get a good mois­tur­iz­er (i use qhemet amla olive oil cream). may­be fin­ish with a bit of oil.

you might wan­na make sure you deep con­di­tion every week. per­haps try not to sham­poo your hair.

it took me some time to find the right rou­tine to main­tain mois­ture. just have patience.


Using prod­ucts that con­tain alcohol.THAT stuff will make your hair crunch like no oth­er!
ere’s a site where you can check ingred­di­ents its pret­ty basic.


Deep con­di­tion­ing may help. Also you may need to get a trim or get rid of any dam­aged hair. I realised that no mat­ter what I did my ends were always dry and so I got a trim.

Also my hair is nat­u­ral­ly dry so I dont expect that any­thing will make it less dry, I just try to keep it mois­tur­ized and when it becomes dry it is sim­ply its nat­u­ral state.


Win­ter KILLS me. My hair does, how­ev­er, thrive in the humid NC sum­mers.

But what the humid­i­ty does for NC hair in hydrat­ing it, the 100 degree temps undo by suck­ing that mois­ture right back out :-(! I, too, live in NC, and I have put my hair up into twists, which I said I was not going to do any­more due to my hair refus­ing to stay in them, because the hot air is dry­ing my hair out so bad­ly that not even twice-a-day mois­tur­iz­ing with seal­ing is help­ing! The mois­ture just escapes. But at least if it’s in twists, it’s not los­ing the mois­ture as quick­ly as it would if it… Read more »

Thanks much for this valu­able info.!!