Do you find it difficult to maintain moisture on your natural tress? Learning to find the proper moisture balance for your hair is very important. Follow these tips to make sure that your hair remains healthy, moisturized and happy. Without proper care your hair can become extremely dry , damage, and look very dull and unhappy. Here are a few tips that will improve the health of your hair:
1. Drink Plenty of Water
The hair is 1/4 water and it is essential for optimal hair growth and health for several reasons. Water is the vehicle that carries essential vitamins to the roots all the way to the shaft, and even into the strand. Not only does it carry vitamins to the hair, it is the primary source of energy for hair cells that generate new hair growth. Water also removes pollutants from the body–pollutants that may cause hair loss. Incorporate water into your daily diet to help maintain a level of moisture for your hair.
2. Use Water & Water Based Products to Moisturize Your Hair
Lightly spritz your hair with water because water helps absorption of other products. Other moisturizing products are good for your hair, but water is better. Keep in mind that oils and butters minimally moisturize your hair (with the exception of those oils that penetrate the hair shaft such as coconut oil, avocado oil and olive oil). When shopping for moisturizers, check the label to ensure that the main ingredient (first ingredient) listed is water. If it is not water, do not purchase.
3. Use an Oil or Butter to Seal in the Moisture
Although oils or butters alone are not moisturizers alone, they can be used after moisturizing to seal the hair. Applying either an oil or a butter (not both) to your hair after moisturizing creates a barrier that water cannot easily breakthrough. Because of this, your hair will remain softer and moisturized much longer. Some favorite oils used to seal are coconut oil, jojoba oil and castor oil; also try shea butter, mango butter and cupuacu butter.
4. Let Your Hair Airdry (Do Not Blowdry!)
Blowdrying works by speeding up the evaporation of moisture from both the cuticle (surface) AND cortex of the hair. This is the opposite of what we want to occur with our hair. Our goal is to keep our hair moisturized for as long as possible and avoid evaporation of the moisture we put in our hair.
Finding a moisture balance for your hair can prove to be a daunting task, but once you find that balance your natural hair will appreciate it. If you follow these four steps to maintain moisture in your hair, you’ll find that your hair feels and looks better and healthier.