Naptural85’s Daily, Weekly and ‘Anytime’ Moisturizing Regimens

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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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Black Girl With Long Hair

Black Girl With Long Hair

Leila, founding editor of Black Girl with Long Hair (April 2008), social media and black beauty enthusiast. When I'm not here, I'm moderating a Facebook group for black mothers called Black Moms Connect.

 
  • http://www.prettypositiveprosperous.com jenna marie christian

    i love her!!! I am always on her youtube channel.

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  • meowmix

    Jumping up and down like a 6 year full of skittles. JOY. Just love her sign off. She ALWAYS helps:)

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  • Ugonna Wosu

    OMG!!! SHE ACTUALLY CAME HERE!!! AND WROTE!!!! HEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Angelica

    Moisturizing your hair is so important. Here is what I’ve learned in my decades of trying to figure it out.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Elkl7RBoRo

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  • Jada

    Naptural85, your hair is beautiful! Thanks for the tips!

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  • http://naturalsunited.blogspot.com Felicia Garcia

    I completely agree! I’ve had a lot of trouble with maintaining moisture with my ends in the past. The way that’s worked best for me was to spritz my hair with water (especially my ends) then go ahead and seal it with an oil or a butter. That duel combo and sometimes adding a leave-in also will make all the difference.

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  • http://naturalsunited.blogspot.com Felicia Garcia

    I apologize for the replicated pictures, I only uploaded it once, but my computer crapped out on me.

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  • Mona

    I love Naptural85’s channel!! She is so informative and get’s to the point. No useless talking.

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  • http://ivorianappies.blogspot.com melissa

    Thank u so much for these advices! I’m new nappy and it’s very helpful to see simple and clear tips about moisture of natural hair!

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  • http://BGLH Antrelise

    Naptutal85 proves once again why she is the best out there!! Anyone who hasn’t viewed her YouTube channel……what are you waiting for?! :). Anyway, thank you so much Whitney for all of your knowledge. I was considering getting a relaxer again (after 21/2 years) b/c it was so dry (plus i live in humid south florida) ,but after I stumbled on to your channel and made your DIY creams and conditioners…people are stopping me almost everyday to compliment my hair!! Thanks again, you are the best.

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    • Reese

      Antrelise! I live in South Florida as well and am looking for help with my truly out of control natural. Can you share some of the conditioners and moisturizers that have worked via my email? It’s msfit606@aol.com. Thank you so much! And thank all of you ladies for your wisdom! Natural hair is truly a journey and so many of our sisters can get lost in the process without helpful websites like this one.
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  • Hairguide

    She has my exact texture of hair. I get confused on the different hair grades and frankly had no ideal if I’m a 4 or 3 or a,b,or c whatever she is that’s what I am. Of course it took 3 years of now relaxer to discover what my real hair actually looked like. Does anyone know what her hair grade is?

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    • [to nooni] lilkunta

      hairguide : i think naptureal said she is 4b.
      there is a hair guide on here too.

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  • Mod

    She’s 4a

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  • Angella

    Hi I just started checking out your YouTube videos since this past Tuesday April 16, 2013. You are simply the best. I stick mostly with you because you don’t promote any heat styling. I just stopped blow drying my hair about 5 weeks now. I don’t plan on going back. I tried your two strand twist out and my hair looks great, many compliments, I think I run between a type 4 b to 4 c hair mostly. I have a lot of fun watching your videos!!!

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  • Tiffani

    I just ran across your website and I thank you because that’s exactly my problem with my hair. It will be moist in the morning, but by the end of the day its dry looking on the ends. So I will try your steps and see if that will make a difference for me. Thank you so much. I was really getting discourage.

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  • Iris

    Thanks so much that was my problem and when I spray with the water it always stayed dry so I see what my problem was I was not adding the enough moisture to the ends so I just want to say thank you.

    Thanks,
    Iris

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  • kiki

    I am wondering, she doesn’t use moisture treatment? Greek yoghurt and mayo are protein treatment. So every month, she uses protein? and after that she doesn’t follow with moisture treatment. I’m lil bit confused!

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    • Toni

      Water is her moisture treatment as there is no product which contains moisture (water) more than water itself. The butters and oils are sealants which lock in the water. She doesn’t need a moisture treatment because her hair gets it every day.

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  • pw

    When wearing a wash and go I lightly spritz with water and aloe vera juice then baggy as soon as I get home from work. Then before going to bed I remove the baggy let dry for about 15 min then place on my bonnet and go to bed. This routine adds needed moisture which was lost throughout the day.

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  • rebecca

    I am newly natural, today I washed my hair with my regular shampoo. I mixed raw aloe vera, vitamin e and jojoba oil mixed it with my Ninja and combed twisted my hair. It stayed with no gel or anything. I found my combination. So excited about my natural hair journey.

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  • tiffany bridges

    its difficult being natural in the army because of the ongoing activities. Naptural85 have been helping me out a lot far as keeping my hair moist. its starting to get a little hard to have whats needed for my hair but i do what i can. thank you

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