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By Chin­we of Hair and Health

After find­ing a great con­di­tion­er and a good mois­tur­iz­er, what more can you do to increase mois­ture reten­tion?  The fol­low­ing are four tips that have helped me – and will hope­ful­ly help you in your nat­u­ral hair care jour­ney:

1. Wash your hair reg­u­lar­ly and suf­fi­cient­ly

The drench­ing of the hair with water (a nat­u­ral mois­tur­iz­er in and of itself) can replen­ish dry strands. Wash­ing with a cleanser also removes dirt, pol­lu­tion, and pro­duct buildup that may block mois­ture pen­e­tra­tion. Even though we have his­tor­i­cal­ly been taught that reg­u­lar wash­ing leads to dry hair, it is more so the TYPE of sham­poo that trans­lates to mois­ture loss. Stick with gen­tle sham­poos that leave your hair feel­ing clean but not stripped.

2. Mix glyc­er­in and aloe vera gel with your sealant

Seal­ing the hair with an oil and/or but­ter helps to ‘lock’ in the mois­ture (i.e., water) from wash­ing and con­di­tion­ing. How­ev­er, some­times we need a lit­tle more beyond seal­ing.  If you are a mix­tress, try incor­po­rat­ing glyc­er­in (a humec­tant), aloe vera gel (a mois­tur­iz­er), and a lit­tle water into your sealant mix­ture for extra mois­ture reten­tion.  (Use the appro­pri­ate preser­v­a­tive, if nec­es­sary.)  If you are not a mix­tress, you may alter­na­tive­ly ben­e­fit from apply­ing a heavy cream after seal­ing with an oil.

3. Choose the right mate­ri­al and weave for your bon­net

I work with poly­ester and silk reg­u­lar­ly and have come to learn that there is such a thing as “good qual­i­ty” poly­ester as well as “poor qual­i­ty” silk.  Not all poly­ester is bad for our nat­u­ral hair, and not all silk is lux­u­ri­ous.  Bon­nets and scarves that are fab­ri­cat­ed from poly­ester charmeuse (or, bet­ter known as “sat­in charmeuse”) or silk charmeuse are gen­er­al­ly good qual­i­ty.  Why is this? Well charmeuse is a type of weave that yields a soft­er-than-sat­in fin­ish and a silk or poly­ester made with this weave may help with mois­ture reten­tion bet­ter than any oth­er weave.

4. Air-dry in medi­um twists or braids

Twists and braids force my hair to trap and bet­ter absorb the mois­ture in my strands. After a few days or more in twists or braids, I can wear a loose hair­style that retains more mois­ture than had I worn the set for just one day. In my expe­ri­ence, pro­tec­tive styling is not just reserved for the mechan­i­cal pro­tec­tion of the ends. It has the added ben­e­fit of help­ing your ends absorb and retain mois­ture after a wash­ing ses­sion.  Medi­um or small twists work bet­ter for me then big or jum­bo ones.

Ladies, how do you increase mois­ture reten­tion?

Chinwe

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62 Comments on "4 Ways to Keep Your Hair Moisturized Longer"

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Rosalee

Would the glyc­er­in and aloe vera gel mix work well with organ­ic vir­gin coconut oil, and how much of each would you say to be the rec­om­mend­ed amount?

Andreja

It would work. As for amounts, you will have to see what works well for your hair. Every­one is dif­fer­ent. I know for myself, I apply aloe juice then seal with coconut oil, then if it’s win­ter or I know I won’t be able to reach my hair a lot, I seal with a heav­ier cream or cas­tor oil.

Janelle

I’m cur­rent­ly shop­ping for a decent sized workdesk for our office. Just not sure if I should buy a stan­dard one or to find some­thing that is more bespoke with the rest of our Som­er­set.

najuma

The point is not how long can the hair stay mois­tur­ized because dif­fer­ent tex­tures require more or less try­ing time. I think that if you keep mois­tur­iz­ing tools and acces­sories near­by, you can use them when­ev­er need­ed. I do a through drench in the morn­ing, oil and or shea but­ter my scalp and extend to the ends of the hair. Tow­el dry excess water light­ly and go. By mid-day, I pull out my spray bot­tle and use it with a quick five min­ute mas­sage and I am on my way. Peace.

Mitchell

To any per­son out there con­sid­er­ing work in the secu­ri­ty indus­try, my advice is go ahead! You’ll meet ter­ri­fic indi­vid­u­als, learn lots and nev­er look back. So a lot bet­ter than a dull 9-5er!

shoniegee

Can you sub­sti­tute aloe vera gel for the juice? 

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anonymous

Please.…for me none of this works. To keep my hair mois­tur­ized longer I rotate some light cleansers and just use min­er­al oil as my leave in. Then I clar­i­fy once a mon­th. If I add any­thing to the equa­tion my hair rebels. I do not “mois­tur­ize” my hair I just wash it when it needs to be washed.

Andreja

Min­er­al oil is ter­ri­ble for hair. Have you tried cas­tor oil to seal your hair? I only real­ly use water and a sealant oil. Very rarely, I use a high qual­i­ty leave in con­di­tion­er before the oil seal.

Shana Scott

I have tried aloe and it makes my hair dull. Shea but­ter, it makes my hair dull. Coconut oil dries my hair out and then breaks it off. Sil­i­cones don’t work after the sec­ond day. If you look at the ingre­di­ents in nat­u­ral hair care, it’s hard to find some­thing free of all theese ingre­di­ents. So I start­ed using pure lano­lin in grease form mixed with a lit­tle sweet almond oil and twist­ed my hair while it was still damp and my hair has been so healthy and shiny.

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Greet­ings! Very help­ful advice with­in this post!
It’s the lit­tle changes which will make the most sig­nif­i­cant
changes. Thanks a lot for shar­ing!

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