By Jc of The Natural Haven
Keeping hair moisturised between washings is a constant battle for some. Getting smart about the products you use, the order in which they are applied as well as factors that people rarely think about (timing and amount of product) can turn this from a battle to a simple ordered process.
In scientific terms, moisturising hair is quite easy simply because it is hygroscopic (Chem. Soc. Rev., 36, pp 1282–1291, 2007) . This means that as long as there is some water surrounding the hair, the hair fibre will try to pick it up and hold on to it. The difficult part is that unless you live in a humid region, you have to create your own humidity around your hair.
The first thing that many experienced naturals already know is that there are three substances that will have the greatest effect in helping moisturise your hair between washings. These are water, oil and humectants. Here are the tips and tricks to getting the best from these ingredients.
1. Order your layers
Some naturals apply products in random order or can successfully moisturise with just a single product. However, if you struggle with hair getting very dry two to three days after washing it might help for you to begin ordering the way you apply the moisturising products.
The ideal order is water, oil and then optionally a water based moisturiser or a humectant based spray (honey, glycerin and aloe vera are the ingredients you want to look for add to your moisturiser). There is a great choice of oils and moisturisers that you could choose from, base your choice on how well the product works on your hair.
This ordering gives your hair the maximum chance to stay moisturised for longer, by giving water an ample chance to enter and stay trapped near the surface of hair.