Tips Retaining Moisture in Natural Hair

August 10, 2013 by tash01  
Published in Hair

Moisture is an important aspect of healthy hair. Afro-textured hair loses moisture easily because of the curly and kinky nature of the hair strands. And dry hair is more susceptible to breakage.

Therefore, it is important to ensure that the hair is properly moisturised so it may grow and thrive.

Three ways to introduce moisture into the hair are sealing, the baggy method and consistent moisture treatments.

Sealing

The sealing method is done using natural oils (sealant) to trap moisture in the hair strands so the hair stays moisturised longer. This is done by applying natural/pure oil (e.g. coconut oil) to the hair when damp.

1. Start with wet hair. Water is the only true form of moisture – if water is not present, neither is moisture.

2. Apply a leave-in, moisturiser or creme. Try Direct Leave-In or your favourite water-based leave-in/moisturiser. Avoid products that claim to moisturise, but have petroleum or mineral oil in the first five ingredients.

3. Apply a top coat of an oil or butter. Olive oil, grape seed oil, coconut oil, raw shea or mango butter are all great choices and can be found in most health food and hair-product stores. We recommend coconut oil as it is one of the most accessible and affordable natural oils available in Jamaica. Applying oil or thick hair butter keeps the moisturising products within the hair strand. This is the most important step.

4. Style as normal. Try a protective style if you are looking to grow out your hair. Try to seal your hair at least once a week.

Baggy Method

The baggy method involves using a plastic bag to wrap around the hair soon after moisturising to help retain the moisture. This method works by making water, which would have otherwise evaporated, condense and stay as a liquid barrier near the hair, ready to be taken up when needed.

Moisture Treatments

Moisture treatments are a great way to infuse moisture into the hair. They can be done as needed on your washday.

Mix two tablespoons of honey with half of a fresh avocado and one teaspoon of coconut oil. Massage into hair and leave on for half an hour. Try this recipe the next time your hair feels dry as it works wonderfully for parched hair. Other ways to retain moisture in your hair include increasing water intake, sleeping in a satin cap and avoiding using cotton fabric on your hair.

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