One of the most important things you can do to keep your natural hair healthy and strong, while also keeping it looking its best, is to moisturize it regularly. There are many ways to moisturize your hair, but these five are the most effective, and they’re the ones that should be part of your regular routine. however, i will take my time to explain to you how to moisturize your hair properly.
This might take a little getting used to. But natural hair is dry. This means that our scalp produces oils naturally that do not slide down our hair shafts easily as it would for people with straight hair. So these natural oils tend to just sit on the scalp, building up and being all flaky.
Then there is another set of people whose scalps don’t produce as much natural oils/sebum as they should and this causes dry scalp.
- Your hair needs water
- Wash your protective styles
- Oil your scalp
- Use the hot oil treatment
- Moisturize your natural hair with sealants
1. use shea butter to moisturize your hair
Shea butter is a great way to moisturize your natural hair. It’s been used for centuries in Africa as a natural remedy for dry skin and hair. Shea butter is rich in vitamins A, E, and F, which are all great for your hair. Plus, it has a high fatty acid content, which helps to lock in moisture. You can find shea butter at most health food stores or online. Be sure to choose an unscented variety if you’re sensitive to smells. Some people also add other oils like olive oil, coconut oil, and avocado oil into their shea butter mixture for even more benefits. If you want an alternative that’s easier on the pocketbook but still offers some of the same benefits, try mixing mayonnaise with honey instead!
2. Wash your protective styles
A protective style can become counter-intuitive and damage your hair if not properly cared for. You should wear your protective styles for a maximum of eight weeks and cleanse your scalp with a light shampoo every four weeks after each installation. When you follow a cleansing and moisturizing routine for your protective styles, this prevents against dry hair and your natural hair can retain its moisture more.
3. Oil your scalp with castor oil
Your natural hair needs oil, a reasonable quantity of it to properly moisturize your hair. If you have a super oily scalp, you should probably skip this part. But if you produce a very little quantity of sebum, then you may need to add an extra bit of oil to your scalp. You can do this by using some natural oils like coconut oil, olive oil, or black castor oil.
Castor oil is one of the best oils for moisturizing natural hair. It is a thick oil that can be used as a leave-in conditioner or pre-poo treatment. When used as a leave-in, castor oil will add shine and moisture to your hair. You can also use it to seal in moisture after applying a water-based moisturizer. Castor oil is good for all hair types, but it works especially well for those with dry, brittle hair. Just remember that castor oil is a very thick oil and should be mixed with other lighter moisturizing oils, such as jojoba or olive oil. Also remember that castor oil takes a while to be absorbed into your hair, so avoid using it before going out in public. If you need some added protection against heat damage, mix a quarter-sized amount of castor oil with equal parts aloe vera gel or apple cider vinegar. Let it sit on your hair for 30 minutes and then rinse.
4. Use the Hot Oil Treatment
It’s no secret that coconut oil is good for your hair–in fact, it’s good for just about everything. But what makes it so special when it comes to your hair? For one, it’s incredibly moisturizing. In fact, is it good to moisturize your hair always? Coconut oil can actually penetrate the hair shaft, which helps keep your strands hydrated from the inside out. Plus, it can help protect your hair from damage and prevent protein loss. But there are a few things you should know before slathering on the stuff. Coconut oil may not be good for everyone (those with a sensitivity to lauric acid should avoid using it). You also want to make sure you don’t apply too much of it at once—a little goes a long way.
This is a great way to pamper your natural hair. The hot oil treatment softens and strengthens your hair while making sure it feels super hydrated and moisturized. This routine is best for the driest times because our hair tends to dry out faster. The hot oil treatment also adds an extra bit of shine to your natural hair.
What you need for a hot oil treatment on your natural hair
- Castor oil
- Grape seed oil
- Olive oil
- Avocado oil
- Applicator bottle
- Shower cap
5. Moisturize Your Natural Hair With Sealants
Sealants contain butters or oils that help to seal in moisture into your natural hair and keep your hair shafts soft and supple. Your sealants do the work of smoothing your hair cuticles. This process of sealing/smoothing of the hair cuticles is a very important step of this routine because it helps to lock in moisture into the hair.
What you need to moisturize your natural hair with sealants
- A sealant of your choice
How to moisturize your natural hair with sealants
- Start with freshly washed hair or damp hair.
- When you put your damp hair into twists, water becomes your first moisturizer.
- Apply a good sealant to your natural hair thoroughly and you are good to go.
- Enjoy your soft and moisturized hair.