The key to keeping dry hair at bay is to moisturise it! Yep. It’s that simple.
By Jacyra Baptista
Afro hair has a tendency to be dry as it takes the natural oils (sebum) a long time to get to the ends of the stands due to the kinks and bends of our hair texture. Sebum is what lubricates our strands and provides a natural barrier in preventing dryness and breakage.
When your hair is dry, it’s simply letting you know that it is thirsty. Of course, there may be other underlying reason why your hair is dry i.e. excessive heat use etc. But, the majority of the time, your hair just wants a good drink.
H20 is your best friend as it is the ultimate moisturiser!
Wash your hair as needed to replenish your strands. Washing removes product build-up that may be blocking moisture penetration.
Deep condition regularly to infuse moisture back into your hair. Deep conditioning will also help strengthen your strands.
Hair is porous, so keeping moisture locked in the hair is next to impossible without sealing it. Follow up your wash routine with the LOC method to seal in the moisture. L = Liquid, O = Oil, C = Cream. Use water based products as your cream. Look out for products with Aqua (water) as the first ingredient to know that is water based. Cantu Shea butter is a great leave –in and really helps moisturise thirsty strands. For oils, I would recommend coconut oil, almond oil or olive oil. Shea butter can also be used as a sealant.
Water is also the key to manageability!
When your hair feels hard and brittle, spritz some water on it and behold the transformation. Your hair will be more malleable and styling will be a breeze. Spritzing gives you hair that much needed moisture in between washes and/or styling.
A good spritz mix can be made up of water + Aloe Vera juice. Or in place of water you can use Rose Water + a few drops of peppermint oil + oil of your choice. There are many combinations out there, so try to mix and match and find one that your hair responds to. Thank me later.
Some people spritz their hair every day; others do it on a needs basis. See what works for you and aim to maintain a consistent regime. Remember – you just want to lightly mist your hair not drench it.
Dry hair can be frustrating but this is a normal characteristic of our hair. Try and find different methods to help you lock in moisture for longer and cut back on using heat. Our hair thrives in a moisture rich environment, so keep the thirst at bay by saturating your strands on a regular basis.