Moisturizing your natural hair can be somewhat of a challenge for most, but it does not have to be! Once you find the right products for your texture, guess what? The steps remain the same! Follow these steps and be on your way to healthy, moisturized, natural hair. This 3 step process has changed my life, without it, I can almost promise this blog would be titled “RemyHairFanatic”
1. Apply Water-Based Moisturizer
Moisture is the first step in combating dry hair. Hair needs water to maintain its elasticity. The best moisturizer for natural hair is water. YES good ole H2O! When searching for a good moisturizer, look for “water” as one of the first few ingredients, these are referred to as water-based products. I prefer the following:
-Giovanni Direct-Leave In (Target, Wal-Mart, Ulta, Vitamin Shoppe)
-Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Leave-In Conditioning Cream (Target, Wal-Mart, Walgreens)
-Africa’s Best Kids’ Organics Detangling Moisturizing Hair Lotion with Shea Butter & Olive Oil (Target, Wal-Mart, Walgreens)
NOTE: Beware of cheap moisturizers that may contain filler ingredients like lanolin, mineral oil, or petrolatum for these products are sealants that SEAL OUT MOISTURE.
2. Seal in the Moisture With an Oil
In order to properly moisturize your strands Oil should be applied to seal in the moisture, if not, the hair will eventually soak in the moisture and the hair will return to its dry state. Oils like Castor Oil, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, etc…l all work great when sealing in moisture.
NOTE: It is important to follow these steps by applying a moisturizer first then use an oil to trap in the moisture if not if you were to use oil first it will block the moisture out of your hair.
3. Seal again with a butter- based product
The 3rd step depends upon your hair porosity (how fast moisture escapes from your hair). If you have very porous hair sealing with a butter-based product maybe just what you need to ensure your hair stays moisturized longer. I personally seal with a butter-based product (Shea Moisture Enhancing Smoothie). It makes my hair feel soft, it helps to define my curl pattern, and my hair definitely stays moisturized longer than if I would have just sealed with an oil.
Alright ladies, I hope this helps! I find that it works best to first moisturize and seal on freshly washed hair, then moisturize and seal the ends of your hair daily.