5 Reasons Why Your Natural Hair Is Dry | Elemo Hair
May 31, 2022
“My natural hair is dry!” is a common complaint for many naturals. We all know that curly and natural hair is prone to dryness, but most of us don’t know what to do about it. If you have breakage or your hair has no bounce, dryness might be the issue. Curls require moisture to thrive. The tight curls make it hard for curly hair to retain moisture. A kinkier head of hair can develop dryness faster.
Here are 5 reasons why you may not be able to keep your hair moisturized. Maintaining your hair’s moisture on a daily basis can be achieved by changing your strategies in these areas.
1. YOU ARE NOT STEAMING YOUR HAIR
Steaming hair is becoming increasingly popular among naturals. The heat allows the cuticles to lift slightly finally allowing moisture into the hair shaft.
Steaming is even possible midweek without having to step into the shower and get your hair completely wet. There are handheld steamers that can be used on hair to increase moisture uptake quickly and effectively. This will allow you to refresh your curls without having to wash your hair.
All in all, steaming is a great way to get rid of dry hair fast.
2. YOU ARE NOT USING WATER IN YOUR HAIR OFTEN ENOUGH
Many naturals overlook the benefits of plain water for their hair. Getting H20 infused into those strands should take precedence over any products or oils you want to try. By hydrating your body, you can improve hair strength and elasticity so ensure you get those 8-12 cups in daily.
Don’t forget to hydrate your strands as well; most naturals will need to replenish water into their strands daily. A spritz of water or aloe vera juice* from a spray bottle would be great but if you are wearing a style that would be ruined by water then a little water-based leave-in conditioner* will suffice.
Lack of hydration could be a major reason why your natural hair is dry. Ensure that you are giving your strands a dose of water every day.
3. YOU ARE NOT SEALING YOUR HAIR WITH AN ANTI HUMECTANT
Throughout the day, moisture evaporates from your hair and gets lost. Yet if your strands are coated with an anti-humectant, like oil, the moisture is unable to leave your hair keeping it supple and softer for longer. This is the concept of sealing your hair.
Curly hair needs oils and other anti-humectants to slow down moisture loss from the strands thereby preventing dryness. Depending on the thickness of your strands you can use light oils like grapeseed oil or olive oil or a heavier one like Jamaican black castor oil to seal your hair.
4. YOU ARE NOT USING MOISTURIZING HAIR PRODUCTS
Curly and natural hair can be dried out by many shampoos. A great way of mitigating this is to use products specifically formulated for dry or curly hair. These products tend to be moisturizing.
Using moisturizing shampoos can help you avoid tangles, that lead to dryness and breakage further down the line. After your wash, choose a highly moisturizing leave-in conditioner* and styling cream or gel to style your hair. If your hair is low porosity, avoid heavy protein-containing products opting instead for moisture-based ones.
5. YOU DO NOT DEEP CONDITION WEEKLY
Maintaining moisture with regular deep conditioning* treatments is one of the best ways to keep your natural hair hydrated. Moisture and nutrients are absorbed into your hair through deep conditioning*. When choosing conditioners, look for ones that are water-based and contain natural and beneficial ingredients.
Sure it may be easier but you can also cover your conditioner-soaked hair with a shower cap* and towel to trap body heat. It will take longer to penetrate your hair properly but it works quite well.
After rinsing out the conditioner you should feel the difference in the softness of your hair.
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