Are you finding that your natural hair is super dry no matter what you do with it? Here are a few reasons why that may be the case, and a few hair care tips that can help you fix it!
Whenever someone asks me what they can do about their dry hair, the first thing I ask them is, “are you drinking enough water?” More often than not, the answer is no. Basically, the health of your hair starts from the inside. You’ll only get out what you put in… or don’t put in. Our bodies are about 70% water, but we lose some throughout the day when we sweat, urinate, etc., so it’s important that we replace that water every day to stay properly hydrated. Not drinking enough water leads to dehydration, which affects our body overall and will definitely show in the health of your hair! If drinking water is hard for you, start with one glass a day and work your way up.
Textured hair tends to need a little extra help when it comes to moisture, so it’s good to have a routine of moisturizing the hair on the outside to work with your water intake. After cleansing your strands, a regular routine of deep conditioning can take moisture to the next level. Mielle’s Rosemary Mint Strengthening Hair Masque is part of our newest line and is formulated to deeply moisturize and penetrate dry, thirsty hair. This nutrient-rich formula — with ingredients like aloe, horsetail, and henna — hydrates, nourishes, and strengthens all at once!
Try adding deep conditioning to your weekly routine to build up the moisture and adjust the frequency as needed. For added benefits, use with heat by wearing a plastic cap and sitting under a dryer or wrapping with a towel.
Moisturizing natural hair isn’t one size fits all. You may find that no matter how many products you layer on your strands, your hair is still dry because those products are just not right for you. For example, thin, fine hair may need a lighter moisturizer like our White Peony Leave-In Conditioner and a lightweight oil like our Mint Almond Oil while thicker, more coarse hair might benefit best from the heavier formula of our Pomegranate & Honey line.
The method you use to moisturize is also key. You may have heard of the L.O.C. (liquid/leave-in, oil, cream) method, but for some, the process may need to be flip-flopped and others may omit a step.
Take a good look at your hair and watch how it reacts to your routine. This may take some time, but it’ll pay off in the end when you learn your hair and can give it what it really needs to thrive. Whatever your needs may be, pay special attention to the ends of the hair when moisturizing because it’s the oldest part and tends to be the driest.
Many naturals swear off heat to ensure the health of their hair, but if you must use heat, try to minimize how often you do. Too much heat on naturally textured hair can over-dry strands that are already prone to dryness.
When you do use heat, use the low-medium temperature settings and prep your hair to prevent over-drying and permanent damage. The hydration from your cleansing and deep conditioning steps will get your hair ready for heat styling, and adding our Mongongo Oil Thermal & Heat Protectant Spray will create a nice barrier between the heat tool and your strands. With a blend of certified organic ingredients like almond, argan, sacha inchi, and mongongo oils, your hair will be able to handle the heat. Keeping heat to a minimum is your best bet for keeping dryness at bay. Explore our blog to learn more about heat protection!
Wearing our hair out can be fun, but doing so also exposes it to the elements, and whatever moisture our hair does have escapes, especially during the cooler seasons. Since the ends are the driest part of the hair, tucking your ends in a protective or low manipulation style will help you retain moisture longer.
Nighttime maintenance is just as important as how you treat your hair any other time. Many of us opt for cotton bed linen, but this material absorbs the moisture from the hair. Wearing a satin or silk bonnet or scarf at night will help keep moisture in the hair. If you hate wearing head coverings at bedtime, try switching out your cotton pillowcase for satin so your head can be free while your hair stays protected.
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