By Nap­tural85

A pop­u­lar ques­tion I receive on my Face­book Wall and Twit­ter Page is

How can I repair my dry hair? I can’t get it to retain mois­ture!?”

I did a video on this speci­fic top­ic, which I’ll link below, but I also want­ed to address it on my blog for any­one who might have missed the video.

Dry curly hair, espe­cial­ly dry African-Amer­i­can curly hair, is nor­mal! Our hair is nat­u­ral­ly curly, coarse and dry, it’s just how it grows out of our heads. With straight hair, it’s easy for the nat­u­ral oils to trav­el down the hair shaft, keep­ing it mois­tur­ized. But with curly, coily hair, it’s a lot hard­er for the oils to nav­i­gate, which caus­es the hair to remain dry, espe­cial­ly towards the ends. So don’t assume that because your hair is dry, it’s always an indi­ca­tion of how well you care for your hair, or signs of neglect. Most of the time it’s just a char­ac­ter­is­tic of our hair! I can mois­tur­ize the heck out of my hair and still have it be dry by the end of the day.

My coily hair dries out more often, when worn in a “Wash and Go” state. In a twist out state, my nat­u­ral coils are combed out and less-defined (hair is straighter) caus­ing mois­ture to last longer.With that being said, there are ways that we can return the mois­ture to our hair! There are solu­tions, but know that they wont be per­ma­nent. Since our hair is nat­u­ral­ly dry, you’ll need to repeat the­se process­es dai­ly and week­ly in order for your hair to remain mois­tur­ized. Sim­i­lar to drink­ing water to keep hydrat­ed, and plants that need to be watered every sin­gle day, our hair needs the same treat­ment or it will return to it’s nat­u­ral dry state.

Per­son­al­ly, my hair is real­ly thirsty and get’s dry real­ly fast. In order to keep my hair mois­tur­ized I do the fol­low­ing “reg­i­men.” I’m not per­fect in doing the same thing every sin­gle mon­th, but I always do some vari­a­tion of the fol­low­ing:

Daily Moisture Treatments:

One of the most sim­ple solu­tions to com­bat­ing dry hair on a dai­ly basis is to apply water on your hair day and night. In my expe­ri­ence, it’s not enough to just apply prod­ucts or oils to your dry hair, it needs water first. The water is the mois­ture, while the oils and prod­ucts are what seals the mois­ture in.

I fill my spray bot­tle with two-thirds water and one-third aloe vera juice. Then give my hair a light spritz every morn­ing and night, just enough to pen­e­trate my strands, but not enough to make my hair soak­ing wet, so it doesn’t ruin my style. I add the aloe vera juice because of it’s amaz­ing heal­ing prop­er­ties. It also helps to ease frizz and calms the ends of your hair.

After light­ly spritz­ing with water, fol­low up with a bit of your favorite oil-based hair pro­duct to seal the mois­ture in. My favorite seal­ing pro­duct is my home­made shea but­ter cream.

This method works well on any style you’re wear­ing: wash and go, twist out, ban­tu knot out, etc.. The only style you won’t want to do this to is a silky, smooth flat- ironed style, as the water might revert your straight hair.

Weekly Moisture Treatments:

Once-per-week or once-every-two-weeks, a deep con­di­tion­ing treat­ment is real­ly help­ful. Two of my favorite deep con­di­tion­ing treat­ments are my Home­made Mayo Deep Con­di­tion­er and my Home­made Greek Yogurt Deep Con­di­tion­er, both upload­ed to my Nap­tural85 Youtube Chan­nel. They’re both packed with pro­tein, so they’re extreme­ly help­ful in help­ing to strength­en your strands.

Give them a try if you’re not pro­tein sen­si­tive! Oth­er­wise, use any deep con­di­tion­er of your choice at least once per week in order to infuse mois­ture and ben­e­fi­cial min­er­als and vit­a­mins to your hair.

After your deep con­di­tion­ing treat­ment, while your hair is wet, be sure to seal in the mois­ture with your favorite oil-based hair pro­duct.

Anytime Moisture Treatments:

“Water Bag­ging
If you’re hang­ing around the house with noth­ing to do, why not con­di­tion your hair! A real­ly quick way to infuse mois­ture into your hair with­out a lot of fuss, is to “water bag”.

Spritz your hair with water (and aloe vera juice if you like) and throw on a plas­tic cap! Keep it on for as long as you want. You can even sleep with it on if you want to! When you take the plas­tic cap off, your hair will be extreme­ly soft, and the best part, there’s noth­ing to wash out! Just fol­low up with your favorite oil-based hair pro­duct to seal the mois­ture in.

The same “Wash and Go” from the image above after one night of “Water Bag­ging”. I slept in my plas­tic cap and woke up to plump, mois­tur­ized hair.

“Conditioning on The Go”

This is one of my favorite things to do, espe­cial­ly in the extreme cold of win­ter and extreme heat of sum­mer. I upload­ed a video of this to my Youtube Chan­nel, but I’ll also attach it here!

So that’s basi­cal­ly all I do to retain the mois­ture in my hair. Again, my hair is nat­u­ral­ly very dry, but the­se sim­ple dai­ly and week­ly treat­ments real­ly help me main­tain the mois­ture. There’s a lot of prod­ucts out there that promise to help you retain your mois­ture, but for me, water, shea but­ter, and var­i­ous oils has done won­ders for the struc­ture of my strands.

Again, not everyone’s hair is the same, but I believe that water is the best mois­tur­iz­er you can use. I think what makes the dif­fer­ence is the pro­duct that you use to seal the water in. If your hair has a looser curl pat­tern, you can get away with lighter prod­ucts to seal the mois­ture in, like light oils. But if you have a tighter curl pat­tern, you’ll want to stick to heav­ier creamier prod­ucts, like but­ters (shea, man­go, etc…) to real­ly help the hair absorb the mois­ture.

So I hope this post helped guys!

Ladies, how do you retain mois­ture on a dai­ly, week­ly and ‘any­time’ basis?

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I lurve her. I’ve got­ten great tips from her and love her Shea but­ter recipe


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