Natural Hair

5 Ways to Effectively Moisturize Your Natural Hair

December 4, 2018
A black woman with natural hair looking in the mirror

One thing all women should achieve on their journey is learning how to moisturize their natural hair.

If you want your curls to flourish and stay manageable, you’ll have to ensure that your hair has the proper moisture when it’s needed.

In this post, I’m sharing 5 ways you can effectively moisturize your natural hair and combat dryness!

You have to stay consistent with these steps and be patient. Soon, you’ll find your hair becoming more manageable and you’ll be able to retain moisture longer!

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How to Moisturize Your Natural Hair

Deep Condition Regularly

Deep conditioning plays a big part in providing moisture and promoting healthy hair.

It’s important to keep a good moisture-protein balance by alternating between moisturizing and protein-based deep conditioners each month.

A moisturizing deep conditioner will replenish moisture, promote elasticity, and contribute to healthy hair growth. Protein treatments will add strength and reduce excessive breakage and shedding.

You want to add heat while deep conditioning to help the product penetrate more effectively.

Related Post: 10 of the Best Deep Conditioners for High Porosity Hair

Check Your Ingredients

There are a variety of products to choose from and it’s important to pay attention to the ingredients.

I used to grab any product off the shelf that claimed to work wonders for natural hair, however, I learned my lesson early on about why choosing natural products is the best option.

There are harmful ingredients that can lead to dryness such as:

  • Sulfates
  • Parabens
  • Mineral Oil
  • Isopropyl Alcohol

You want to look for products that are safe and effective to use.

Follow the LOC Method

Another way to keep your natural hair moisturized is by following the LOC method. This method is used to promote moisture retention and can include products you already use in your regimen.

Layering your products in this order will prevent water from escaping quickly and you won’t have to worry about re-moisturizing your hair.

The first step in this method includes applying water and/or a leave-in conditioner to each section. Before I use a leave-in conditioner, I make sure my hair is soaking wet – I’m able to achieve the best definition when I style on saturated hair. After that, you follow up with an oil to seal in that moisture.

Finally, you’ll apply a cream as the last step which prevents moisture loss. Creams can also add hold and definition to your styles. If you notice that your hair still lacks moisture from these methods, try switching up the products you’re using.

Hair Steaming

A steamer adds moisture in the form of moist heat to your hair. It helps open up the hair cuticles and pores on your scalp to allow better moisture absorption.

Here are some benefits of using steam:

  • Helps products penetrate effectively
  • Improves hair’s elasticity
  • Increases blood flow to the scalp
  • Promotes healthy hair + scalp

If you have low porosity hair, using hair steamers in your routine would be perfect. Since low porosity hair has tightly sealed cuticles, using steam can help open them up so your products can penetrate!

Use the Proper Hair Tools

Keeping your natural hair moisturized doesn’t only come from the products we use. The type of tools you invest in can also determine how well you retain moisture.

One important tool every natural should have in their routine is a satin bonnet or pillowcase. Satin helps you retain moisture, reduces breakage, and keeps your style looking fresh.

You also want to limit how often you use heat tools such as flat irons and blow dryers. If you decide to use heat on your hair, make sure to use the lowest setting and apply a protectant!

Learning how to moisturize your natural hair is important if you want to achieve healthy, long curls.

After following these tips consistently, you’ll notice a difference in how long your hair can retain moisture!

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1 Comment

  • Reply Brenda January 17, 2020 at 1:47 am

    I’m trying to find ways to keep my 4c hair moisturized and shiny.

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