Why is moisturizing so important? and How do we moisturize correctly?
Moisturizing the hair is very important. Natural hair (kinky, coily and curly) are naturally dryer than other hair textures. It is also that more fragile. The only way we can keep our hair healthy and growing is to keep it constantly moisturized. DRY HAIR BREAKS!! So you have to be very careful when handling your hair when it is dry.
You can moisturize correctly by sealing in moisture (water or leave in conditioner with WATER as the first ingredient) with oil or for thicker hair a hair butter. Some use a leave in after their styling product or the oil last. It all depends on the person and the type of regimen you want to keep up. Keeping your hair moisturized is one step towards retaining length, here are some ways to keep your natural hair regularly moisturized.
Co-Wash In-between Shampoo Washes
If you are one to feel it necessary to cleanse your hair with shampoo on wash day, then make sure you follow up with deep conditioning afterward. In addition, in-between your wash day, co-wash your hair. For example, if you choose Sunday as your wash day, make Wednesday the day you co-wash. This way your hair is getting that extra moisture from the wash in the meantime. Also adding oils or even honey (which is a humectant) in your conditioner will help you retain moisture.
Use Water-based Moisturizers
Styling your hair with a water-based product will ensure that your hair is getting some additional moisture. This could also mean when you re-style your hair at night, you may not have to add more product. Make sure you are choosing the ‘moisturizer’ that is water-based. This means, the 1st or 2nd ingredient should be water, (aqua). If water isn’t one of the first two ingredients, then it’s not a water-based product.
Seal, Seal and Seal! (in Moisture)
After washing your hair, before styling, seal in the moisture (water) by adding oil to your strands. Oil will seal in the water, keeping your hair hydrated and moisturized. Aloe Vera is also a great sealant.