3 Tips for Avoiding Dry Hair After Washing

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Kinky textured hair definitely experiences some dryness after washes, but thankfully there are measures that you can take to reduce or avoid it completely. Steer clear away from dry matted hair using this tips:

Pre-Pooing before Shampooing

Use a conditioner or a moisturizing oil before you wash your hair. This prevents your hair from becoming too dry and stripped after you shampoo. Coconut oil in particular, Avoid Dry Hair After Washingis known for being able to penetrate the hair shaft giving it moisturizing abilities, while also being a preventative measure that can be used to avoid hygral fatigue. For those who don’t know hygral fatigue is when your hair absorbs water, expands, then quickly drys up, and shrivels.


Deep Conditioning

As often as you can fit in some room for a 15- 2o minute good deep conditioning session under a hooded dryer (if you don’t have a hooded dryer supplement with a warm towel). Not all conditioners qualify as deep conditioners, look for conditioners that contain hydrolyzed proteins. For example,Elasta QP DPR-11+ Deep Penetrating Remoisturizing Conditioner Unisex 15 oz. is a good deep conditioner that is super moisturizing.


Moisturize, Twist, and Sit Under a Dryer

If you don’t like to use direct heat on your hair (i.e. blow dryer) for stretching purposes, but you find that if you let your hair air dry with twists or braids your hair ends up being too dry there is another solution. Once you have applied moisture and twisted or braided your hair sit under a hooded dryer for 10-15 minutes. This will help the moisture penetrate your hair better and will help you to avoid matted dry hair. You don’t have to sit under the dryer very long, just long enough so that your hair is mostly dry or semi dry.


Before implementing these tips into my regimen, I always found my hair to very dry and shrunken up after washes; which definitely is not a good luck.  These tips definitely have helped me and I hope you find them useful.

What do you do to avoid dry hair after washing?

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11 thoughts on “3 Tips for Avoiding Dry Hair After Washing

  1. damp hair

    mix water with oil of your choice

    apply with conditioner and let sit

    wash out

  2. I have 4c hair that is low porosity (which means it takes a long time for it to absorb water). My daily spritz mix is a 11 ounce bottle of 90% water, 10% safflower oil, with 2 drops of vitamin E oil and 1 drop of bay leaf essential oil. I dampen the hair, I don’t saturate it. Then I lightly coat it with UBH Satin Cream Moisturizer.

    I use my oil spritz on the once-a-month shampoo day. I dampen a section, put Carefree Instant Moisturizer on my fingers and run them through the section, then comb the section gently with a very wide tooth comb. When I finish all the sections, I give myself a 20 minute heatcap hot oil treatment with safflower or canola oil, coating each section heavily. Then I shampoo each section – once. After the shampoo and a couple hours of air dry, I make 3 to 6 two-strand twists, coating each section well with Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie with Silk Protein & Neem Oil and Curls Unleashed. I then rub each twist with UBH and plait them into some single concoction, tucking in the remaining end. I put regular drug store castor oil on my edges – because I bought it before learning about JBCO.

    Lately I do see that I am retaining more length, probably due to a combination of tactics – seldom manipulating my hair, rarely wearing it loose, spritzing daily, cowashing when the softness stars to fade. I even survived getting demi-permanent color, I could smell the ammonia! I got it done at a salon and when the process was done, I had the stylist use Wen to co-wash and UBH to leave-in my hair and had her do a protective two-strand twist style. So, yes, I left with a damp head because I wanted to air dry and end the manipulation! My 4c hair breaks when you look at it funny! It is quite a breakthrough for me to be retaining length.

    I have two ways of cowashing. I separate into sections, put UBH deep conditioner on my DRY hair and heatcap for 20 minutes, then wash with WEN and retwist as described above. Or I put WEN on my dry hair, let it sit for a few hours, then rinse in the shower, and retwist as described above.

    If my hair is already in a twist style and not looking too shabby, I sometimes just let water run over my head when I just want to freshen up without a big production. Air drying with something wrapped around your head tightens up the hairdo, and your hair feels softer.

  3. I just clarified my hair for the first time and I think one wash should have been enough. I shampooed twice. Now my hair feels super dry and has a very fragile texture feel. Usually I just co wash and hair comes out awesome. I did add oil, spray, grease. But it still felt weird. Not soft and supple but streaky and over clean if I may say. Please help. I’m thinking maybe I should just co wash the next day. I used IC 100% pure tea shampoo. O think it worked to good

    1. I used a clarifying shampoo once. Had the same results as you. My hair became rough and hard to re-moisturize! I thought I was going to have to chop it off, but instead, I just kept spritzing with water, every chance I got. I babied my hair for weeks, gave myself hot oil treatments (on DRY hair) before every cowash.

      BTW, I threw that clarifying shampoo away! Maybe it works for some, but not for me.

      1. Put some kind of oil or conditioner in your shampoo

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