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, is 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.
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.