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Hello everyone!! I’ve noticed that one of the biggest questions naturals have (especially new naturals, like myself and others) is “How do I keep my hair moisturized?”. It’s true, keeping curly hair moisturized is extremely important. Dry hair causes tangling, breakage, single strand knots, frizziness, and a host of other complications. In other words, it’s bad news! I really think that the frustration of dealing with hair that just won’t stay moisturized can make a new natural give up. This is a shame, because usually it’s just a matter of knowing basic principles and sticking to them that keeps our hair moisturized and healthy! Let’s go over some of those now.
Having a moisturized mane really comes down to two steps: getting moisture in, and KEEPING moisture in. But how do you do that? It can be simple if we learn how to think about it.
Hair is porous, meaning it can absorb and release moisture. Some hair types are more porous, while others are less porous, but that’s another post altogether. Now, getting moisture in is the easy part. Every time we wash our hair, or co-wash, our strands absorb water. Using a spray bottle to moisten hair works well too.
To keep your strands from releasing your newly acquired moisture, you need to seal the moisture in!! Sealing is achieved by coating moisturized hair with an oil of your choosing. I love to use coconut oil, because if I use a little too much, it doesn’t weigh my hair down like olive oil. But any oil will do. Coconut, grapeseed, olive, jojoba, and shea butter are some popular oils. Sealing keeps moisture in the hair from evaporating as quickly, keeping hair moisturized.
If you find that simply using water and sealing isn’t enough, you can add a water based moisturizer after your hair has been moisturized with water. Water based moisturizers include conditioners, leave-in treatments, hair milks, souffles, puddings, and other types of ‘hair food’. Lol! I use this method myself. I apply conditioner to damp hair, then seal with an oil. It gives that extra layer of moisture that some hair types need. To summarize, the steps to moisturized hair are:
1. Acquire moisture.
Add water, aloe vera juice, or another liquid that your hair can absorb. This is your first layer of moisture.
2. Add more moisture.
Use a leave-in treatment or conditioner to add another layer of moisture to your hair. I like using Aussie Moist or Herbal Essences Hello Hydration conditioner. You can pick whatever conditioner that you find works well for you!
3. Seal moisture in with an oil.
Use any oil you like to seal the moisture into your hair. This prevents moisture from leaving by evaporation. I prefer to use coconut oil, because I think it absorbs better, but you can use whatever oil you like! pick up new ones and try different things! There are plenty out there!
These 3 tips should help you keep your hair soft, and moisturized. you can switch it up to include whatever products you think work best for you, but as long as you follow the principles; Acquire moisture, retain moisture, you won’t have to deal with the frustration of dry hair!
P.S. Order DOES matter in this case. Putting oil on dry hair will not moisturize! Trying to put a water-based moisturizer on top of oiled hair will not moisturize! Make sure you are adding liquids, and water-based moisturizers first, THEN sealing with oil.
What about you all? Have you struggled with retaining moisture? What techniques or products have you found particularly useful in keeping your hair soft and beautiful?
Hello Everyone!! I’ve been thinking about improving my essential oil collection (I only have two, smh.), so I decided to do a little research. I never knew there was so many to choose from, and so many different ways to use them!
First, essential oils can be divided into four classes: stimulating, nutritive, balancing, and immuno-supportive. Stimulating oils promote cell regeneration and increase cell metabolism, nutritive oils provide vitamins, or essential fatty acids our hair and scalp need for optimal health, balancing oils balance oily or very dry skin/hair, or over/under active hormones, and immuno-supportive oils can heal scalp infections that could inhibit proper hair growth.
Here are some of the essential oils that are especially beneficial to our hair and scalp.
Rosemary: Rosemary is the most commonly used stimulating oil for hair growth. If you can, get the essential oil that says ‘c.t. verbenone’ (chemotype verbenone) on it. This specific chemotype has molecules in it that tell our scalp cells to grow faster, and even produce new cells.
Sage: Sage is considered to be the most potent and regenerative stimulating oil of all!! BUT, it also comes with the strongest warnings. Pregnant women are advised NOT to use this oil, and it is considered safe only in the proper concentrations. The proper concentration for sage oil is 0.25% – .5% of your total blend (or about 2-4 drops per ounce of carrier oil). A safer alternative for Sage oil is Lavender oil, which does have stimulating properties, although Lavender oil is technically classified as a balancing oil.
Sea Buckthorn and Carrot Root: these two nutritive oils are perfect to use together with stimulating oils! Think about it this way, anything that is growing faster is going to need more food! Nutritive oils provide the nutrients and antioxidants that cells need to maintain growth.
Lavender: Lavender oil is a balancing oil that restores balance to an overly dry/oily scalp. Balancing oils also reduce inflammation of the scalp which can slow hair growth. Lavender oil is anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and regenerative as well!!
Green Myrtle: Green myrtle oil is great for balancing oil production in the scalp. Green myrtle oil can reduce excess sebum production, and heal a dry, flaky scalp.
Tea Tree: Tee Tree oil purifies the scalp, and is very helpful for those that have dandruff or psoriasis.
Once you pick an oil (or blend of oils) to use, you must mix a few drops with a carrier oil. The carrier oil can then be massaged into the scalp and hair. Some carrier oils to try are jojoba oil, olive oil, coconut oil (my personal fave!), or Sesame oil. Essential oils can be mixed with almost any oil that is your favorite to use, or mixed into products, and used that way!
Now to proceed with my coconut/lavender scalp massage! Do you all use essential oils? Which have proven especially useful for you?