Eliminate Dry Curly Natural Hair
Moisturize from Within
Having beautiful healthy and moisturized hair starts from within. You must hydrate the inside of your body first; then try products that suit your hair type or that are aimed at moisturizing the hair. Drink the recommended amount of water a day and eat a healthy diet. This will ensure the health of your hair, and also it will aid in its growth.
Curly Hair: Testing for dryness
The winter can be harsh on your hair. The temperature, heaters and other environmental factors can affect the shine and moisture of your hair. It is important to test for dryness and to follow a special winter regimen to maintain your hair’s moisture. Why test for dryness? It is hard to just look at your hair and know it is dry. Sometimes our hair doesn't need moisture, but protein. Protein is what our hair cuticles are made up of, and when we have lost it, our hair becomes hard to manage. Too much protein is also bad because it makes our hair rough. Now, those are just some of the reasons why we should test. Also, it is hard to tell with naturally curly hair, because it tends to naturally feel dry.
Look for brittle ends and an appearance of dullness. Your ends are the oldest part of your hair, so if dryness were to develop it would start at the ends. Once you notice dryness, it will take a while to restore your hair, so be patient. If you have straight or wavy hair, look for the same signs, but be aware that these hair types tend to suffer dryness less than curly hair. Below is a list of steps and suggestions you begin to use immediately to restore your hair back to being moisturized and healthy.
What You Should Avoid
Products that you should always have at hand are sulfate free shampoos, moisturizing conditioners, oils, leave-in conditioners, and cream moisturizers. Sulfate-free shampoos will help you clean your hair without stripping it of its natural oils. Moisturizing conditioners will give you back the moisture removed from washing your hair. Oils and leave-ins can be used together or separately to seal the moisture. Cream moisturizers can be used on a daily basis throughout your hair or on your ends to keep them soft and moisturized.
You should always avoid products for styling that contain alcohol since these can be drying. Also, avoid regular sulfate shampoos, or reduce the times you use them as sulfate is a very drying ingredient. Keep in mind that you should invest in a good deep treatment for your hair. When using a deep treatment remember to allow it to penetrate the hair cuticle.
Retaining Your Hair's Moisture
Taking Care of Natural Hair
Sample Weekly Regimen
You may follow the next steps or adjust them according to your needs.Some naturals wash bi-weekly and some monthly. I think what is best for your hair and scalp is weekly washes. The scalp needs to be refreshed and your hair needs water to add moisture to it.
Some steps to follow...
1-Wash and condition
2- Detangle hair with conditioner and large white tooth comb
3-Add a leave-in conditioner followed by an oil of choice to seal the moisture
4-Style using moisturizing stylers
5-Use a scarf at bedtime
6-Try to moisturize the hair daily or as soon as you can
1- Use a scarf at night:
This prevents your hair from being all over the place if you are a wild sleeper like me. When you toss in bed it causes hair breakage, although its not a lot every little bit counts. Using a satin scarf will also give you shiny hair the next day.
2- Avoid alcohol based products:
These cause dryness.
3- Avoid excessive heat:
Heat causes a lot of dryness and damage. If you are planning to bring moisture back into your hair, cut down on the use of heat tools. For me, heat tools also alter my curl pattern, so I avoid them as much as I can.
Alternatives to heat tools..
Shea Moisture has a big line of products aimed at curly hair. One of their most popular products is the Curl Enhancing Smoothie. The Smoothie helps you moisturize the hair for a simple wash and go or to set whatever style you prefer. The product can also be used as a leave-in conditioner.
Protective Styling Tips
Styling your hair can be a challenge. Use the following tips whenever you can to help you master protective styling.
1- Learn to braid your own hair:
When you braid your hair, you can enjoy days or months of easy hair care. Although braiding gives you lots of free time, it also allows you to reach your scalp which is the root of life of your hair. It will be easier for you to add oils to your scalp.
2- Wear Wigs:
Another great protective style is wigs. With a wig you can still reach your hair on a daily basis to moisturize, and you will not have any damage. You have the option of making your own wigs as well.
3- Twist-outs and Braid-outs:
These are one of the worst styles for me. I just feel like it does not look right on me. I am still learning to master the art. For those people who do love these styles work perfect.
4- Roller sets
Roller setting is reality simple, you just need practice. I do a lot of protective styles with roller sets and flexi-rods. These are my favorites because they last longer than other styles.
I love Neutrogena Triple Moisture Daily Deep Conditioner. You can use this product as part of your weekly wash routine.
DIY Hair Mask
Choosing a good product for your hair may take a while since it may take you a few tries. Don’t panic and focus on what your hair needs. If you evaluated your hair and realized what you need is moisture than buy products that will moisturize it. Also do not be afraid to try things you may already at home. The following is an avocado hair mask that works great to moisturize the hair.
You will need:
1/2 of a ripe Hass Avocado
3 tablespoons of Olive Oil
Mash the avocado and mix with oil. Apply to the hair. Use a plastic hair bonnet or bag. Leave on hair for 15-20 minutes.
*You may need additional avocado or oil depending on the thickness and length of your hair*