Good hair habit # 3 was to deep condition your hair weekly on wash day. Today’s habit is closely connected to yesterday’s because the subject of how to moisturize natural hair is the basis for both.
It may seem that I’m working a little backwards by mentioning deep conditioning before moisturizing but there’s a reason for it.
Because the moisture retention process begins on wash day (including your deep conditioning) that’s the reason I mentioned it first. What you do after you’ve washed and deep conditioned your hair for the week will determine how much of the imparted moisture you will retain.
Moisturize Even When You Don’t Feel Like It
I used to moisturize my natural hair every 3-4 days just because I didn’t think my hair felt like it needed it. My hair didn’t suffer detrimentally from it but here’s the thing with moisturizing only every few days. You risk your hair drying out before your next wash day.
Just like your body doesn’t feel thirst until after you’ve reached the point of dehydration, it’s the same with your hair. It’s important to proactively add moisture to natural hair so that it doesn’t reach the point of being dehydrated.
How to Moisturize Natural Hair Daily
Moisturizing your hair daily allows for it to remain well moisturized until your next wash day. Adding moisturizer to your hair can be done easily with day to day regularity by making it a part of your night time routine. After moisturizing your hair, simply seal in the moisture with a very light weight oil like Jojoba or Argan so that you can maintain that moisture.
Light weight oils work best for fine natural hair because they do not weigh the hair down. Yet, when the temperatures are cold outdoors, you can seal with a butter like mango butter or shea butter. Whipping it into a cream will help it to absorb into your strands versus sitting on top of them, weighing your hair down. (See How to Use Shea Butter on Fine Hair).
When it comes to technique, there’s a number of ways to moisturize natural hair (these include sealing)
– Spritz hair with water (Remembering to seal with a light weight oil because water on its own will evaporate)
– Spritz hair with a combination of aloe vera juice/water and seal
– Spritz hair with a combination of water/conditioner and seal
– Smooth on a moisturizer product that contains water and oil in it (optional: seal)
– Apply a leave in conditioner throughout your hair and seal
After you’ve moisturized and sealed your hair, putting it in large twists or loose braids will help keep the moisture locked in even more. That’s because the hair is wrapped around, helping to hold in the moisture. Of course, this isn’t the only way to style your hair after moisturizing but it helps with moisture retention.
Whichever way you choose to moisturize, make it a practice to do so daily and you’ll be well on your way toward your best hair. Moisturized natural hair is pliable hair. Without moisturizing, your hair will be dull, dry and begin to break off.
Stay tuned for Good Hair Habit #5 – Make a Date With Protein