Many naturals deal with dryness at some point or another during their natural journey. Dry hair does not mean that your hair care regimen is not good enough and it is not unusual or abnormal to deal with dry hair. So, don’t be alarmed if you find that your hair gets dryer after several days without product or moisture.
Unfortunately, for those of us who do struggle with dry hair, we cannot just snap our fingers and expect to eliminate the problem. We must incorporate a regimen to manage dryness, and maintain moisture. For some, dryness will respond to regular conditioning or moisturizing. For others, however, we must do more in order to manage this persistent problem. It is important to find one or more regimens that work, and alternate as necessary. One or more of the following tips can help in successfully managing dryness:
- Pre-shampoo with an oil that penetrates the hair shaft – oils such as coconut and olive oil are ideal.
- Use a water based leave in conditioner after your wash routine, then while your hair is still damp, seal in the moisture with shea butter or an oil.
- Deep condition regularly – once a week or once every two weeks.
- Always use a heat protectant when heat styling.
- Sleep with a satin bonnet or pillow case. Cotton sucks the moisture out of the hair.
- Carry a spritz bottle with water and oil – spritz the hair throughout the day as needed.
- Stay hydrated – drink plenty of water. Our body is predominately water and if we become dehydrated, our skin, hair and other parts of our bodies also suffer.
- Keep your fingers out of your hair. Constantly touching your hair will strip the moisture and oils right out of your hair. You can even see the oils on your fingertips. The more you play with your hair, the more you will have to moisturize.
Understand that you may need to be flexible with how you treat your hair because it may need different products or treatment depending on its condition or environmental factors. For instance, applying a water based product or water before applying a sealing product such as an oil or butter is in general a good idea to increase moisture. (If the first or second ingredient of the product isn’t water, then it’s not really water based). However, some naturals may have to alternate this process with another because if done to frequently, it may lead to drier hair.
Don’t become discouraged about your natural journey if you find yourself struggling with dry hair. It’s okay to try new products and treatments to find what works. Remember that dryness is not abnormal and that many other naturals deal with the same problem.
Do you have extremely dry hair? How do you handle your dryness?