By Toia Barry
Dryness is one of the top complaints of people with textured natural hair. And the tighter the curl, the more prone to dryness it is. Why?
Our scalp naturally produces and oil called sebum which normally coats the scalp and travels down the hair shaft. But the bends, curves and twists of textured hair make it harder for this oil to travel the length of our strands, causing it to be drier than wavy or straight hair. But there’s help! Here are a few methods you can try to help infuse your hair with moisture.
A pre-poo treatment is done to prep the hair for your wash session. It helps to protect the hair during the cleansing process by adding moisture which will in turn make the hair more manageable and less prone to breakage. OurMongongo Oil Pre-Shampoo Treatment gives the hair that additional moisture to ensure that the hair is not stripped and prepares the hair for manipulation.!
Deep conditioner and hair masks penetrate the strands to keep hair hydrated and less prone to split ends and breakage, the side effects of overly dry hair. Many do this weekly but if you listen to your hair, you will know what it needs and when. OurBabassu Oil & Mint Deep Conditioner gives you a perfect balance to restore moisture and protein to damaged, dry strands.
In this method, you’ll apply a moisturizing product such as a leave-in conditioner along with an oil to your hair, usually, just the ends. You then “bag” the hair in plastic wrap, a sandwich bag or plastic cap, leaving it on for a few hours. The idea is that the heat create will help open up the hair cuticle to allow the moisturizing product to penetrate and be more effective. The ends are usually the focus because they are the oldest part of the hair and usually the driest. A great duo for this method is ourWhite Peony Leave-In Conditioner paired with ourMint Almond Oil. Once you’re done, you’d style as normal without washing out the product.
This popular technique involves three basic steps to add moisture and retain it. Your “L”can either be the water (orliquid) of your freshly washed hair or a leave-in conditioner. If your hair is tightly coiled and thick, try ourPomegranate & Honey Leave-In! Next, add anoil to seal and proceed with acreamor your styler of choice. OurPomegranate & Honey Curling Custard is a great follow up. You can tweak this method by mixing up the order with the oil as your final step… it’s totally up to you!
Hair steamers basically do two things in one step: the heat opens up the hair cuticle allowing the water/moisture to penetrate your strands. Steaming along with a deep conditioning treatment will help boost its effectiveness. You can get a similar effect by using a plastic cap with a hot towel wrapped around if you don’t have a steamer. This method is especially helpful for those withlow porosity hair.
Of course, the best way to make sure your hair is hydrated is by keeping your body well hydrated. Drinking lots of water each day will keep your scalp and follicles moisturized from the inside out. Oftentimes, a person whose hair is very dry is not drinking enough water. If you have trouble in this area, start slow with one glass per day and work your way up to larger amounts day by day!