One of the main problems I have experienced with my type 4 hair is dryness. This hair type in particular requires a lot of moisture, and moisture retention is often a big issue. Over the years, I have learned that there are certain things that need to be done or added to my regimen to help boost the moisture in my hair, thus increasing moisture retention.
A Good Deep Conditioner
I have learned that one of the main ways to boost moisture in type 4 hair is to deep condition regularly. When I wash my hair, I try to make sure deep conditioning is a part of my regimen. I have to be honest, there were times when I would choose not to deep condition. My hair felt so dry and I couldn’t figure out why. When I began including this step in my regimen again, I saw a big change. So, If you have been slacking on deep conditioning, try increasing how often you do so. You will notice a difference in how moisturized your hair feels and how long it stays moisturized.
Aloe vera juice is great for conditioning hair. It allows for increased absorption and moisture retention in hair. On washdays, prior to applying my moisturizers, I spray my hair with aloe vera juice. This closes the hair’s cuticles and allows for a smooth application of hair products. Closing the hair’s cuticles also locks in moisture from any conditioner or deep conditioner that was used. Since adding aloe vera juice to my hair regimen, I have noticed an increase in moisture retention when used on washdays.
Type 4 hair often requires a lot of thick butters and creams for long lasting moisture. The problem with using these heavy products is that they cause product buildup. Clean, clarified hair increases hair’s moisture retention. Therefore, hair should be properly cleansed and clarified to remove any product buildup and increase moisture. There are several ways to clarify hair: using an apple cider vinegar rinse, baking soda, clay hair masks, or a clarifying shampoo.
Which of these techniques have you tried on your natural hair to boost moisture?