Some­times you wake up in the morn­ing, per­haps after pass­ing out the night before with­out hav­ing time to re-mois­tur­ize and twist, and your hair is DRY. Like can’t rock a fro, can’t move the strands to make it into puff, can’t even smush every­thing togeth­er to fit under a hat dry. Your first instinct is to grab a spray bot­tle and douse your hair with water, sac­ri­fic­ing what­ev­er length and def­i­n­i­tion you have, but if your hair is any­thing like mine, five min­utes lat­er your hair has soaked up all the water and is STILL DRY. Before grab­bing the scis­sors or call­ing off work, here are three ways to quick­ly add mois­ture to super dry hair.

Bag­gy The Night Before

Bonafide Style Shows Us How To Baggy
Bonafide Style Shows Us How To Bag­gy

This requires you to take an extra 10 sec­onds the pre­vi­ous night, when you know your hair is dry but you can’t jus­ti­fy or find the time to re-mois­tur­ize it. Go ahead and grab a reg­u­lar plas­tic show­er cap — your fan­cy silk lined one won’t cut it — and slide it on over your head and wrap it tight­ly with a scarf. The bag­gy method, more fan­ci­ful­ly known as the green­house effect, traps mois­ture from your scalp inside the cap, mak­ing you wake up the next morn­ing with mag­i­cal­ly soft­er hair. Your results will depend on how sweaty you get at night (the more the bet­ter), and the humid­i­ty in the air around you. Now that it’s spring or rainy sea­son for some folks, crack a win­dow open while you sleep to take advan­tage of all that fro-shrink­ing humid­i­ty from the out­doors.

Hit it With Some Steam


If spray­ing your hair direct­ly with water doesn’t work for you, you can also try to infuse it with steam. I’ve nev­er found steam from the show­er suf­fi­cient for my hair’s needs, so I use a portable steam­er, the QRe­dew, at times when I need to mois­tur­ize my hair and prod­ucts aren’t work­ing. For just 15 min­utes, you can move the steam­er around to hit all your hair strands, or you can sit under­neath a hood­ed steam­er if you have one.

Use Aloe Vera Based Prod­ucts

Camille Rose Naturals Aloe Whipped Butter Gel

As I men­tioned ear­li­er, water doesn’t always do the trick when my hair is ridicu­lous­ly dry, so I feel sil­ly using a water based mois­tur­iz­ing prod­uct on crazy dry hair. For me at least, it seems to just sit on the hair, but doesn’t help stretch it out or real­ly seep inside. How­ev­er, aloe vera, God’s nat­ur­al gift for sun­burn and ultra dry skin, con­tains mois­tur­iz­ing agents, so I have found that prod­ucts with aloe vera as the first ingre­di­ent, when applied on my dry hair, pen­e­trate the strands and make them soft and pli­able. My favorite is the Camille Rose Nat­u­rals Aloe Whipped But­ter Gel, because I can slap it on, twist my hair up, and then have a bomb look for the next day!

Now if you want to just take your hair from 0 to 100 on the mois­ture scale, com­bine all three steps! Steam your hair, cov­er with a bag­gy, and some hours lat­er apply an aloe vera based prod­uct and you will have hair so drenched with mois­ture, you won’t be able to keep your hands out of it!

How do you quick­ly add mois­ture to your super dry hair?

Klassy Kinks founder and edi­tor, Ijeo­ma Eboh, is on a mis­sion to change per­cep­tions of kinky tex­tured hair around the world. You can find her on social media @klassykinks.

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