It can sometimes feel like the battle for moisturizing is never ending. Well, unfortunately, it is. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t win that battle every day. Let’s take a look at how to properly moisturize your natural hair.
How Often to Moisturize
The best way to really keep your hair moisturized is to get on a good schedule. The tough part about it is that everyone’s hair is different, which means no two moisturizing schedules will look alike. There are a few factors at play when it comes to moisturizing. First of all, you have to figure out the porosity of your hair. Basically, how readily it absorbs moisture.
Also, you need to factor in the environment you live in. Dryer climates mean dryer hair! Along with humidity, you need to think about temperature. Hotter air tends to dry out hair quicker than colder air. That means the summer months will probably require a bit more moisturizing than the winter.
Unfortunately there’s no quick and easy answer here. You need to experiment and figure out what works best for your hair. Start with moisturizing every three days, and go from there. That is usually a good starting point because it isn’t too long in between moisturizing, but it also isn’t so soon that you risk over-moisturizing.
Can You Moisturize in the Winter?
As we already mentioned, moisturizing during the winter is going to be different than in the summer. But, the answer is yes, you absolutely can moisturize in the winter. You need to be careful, though. Don’t jump into it like you would in the summer.
Instead, add an extra day or two in between moisturizing on top of what you would do in the summer. This is to avoid over-moisturizing. If you already have a good routine for the summer months, you should be able to quickly refine your moisturizing schedule for the winter.
Don’t over complicate things! There’s no need to get too technical. If your hair feels heavy, just let it rest a little longer. Of course, if it starts to get brittle, then you know you’ve waited too long. Just listen to your hair.
How to Moisturize Straightened Hair
When your hair is straightened, the moisturizing game changes a little bit. The most important thing to remember is that you don’t want to overload it with heavy moisturizers. The best thing to use is natural oil. All you have to do is work it into your hair, from scalp to ends.
You’ll also want to change how often you moisturize. A good routine for straightened hair is doing a little moisturizer often. That means that you work in a small amount of oil every day, or maybe every other day. Again, you need to consider those factors we already talked about. Try it every day and go from there.
How to Moisturize Protective Styles
Moisturizing protective hair extensions much the same as other hair styles. However, it is almost more important to keep a good routine when in a protective style, since it will make it much easier to take your hair down if it is well moisturized.
You don’t need a heavy moisturizer. Try a spray leave-in conditioner made from coconut water and tea tree oil or another oil of your choice. Spray it in a few times a week to really make sure you have nicely moisturized hair. You don’t want it getting too dry when in a protective style, so always pay attention to how soft or brittle your hair feels every day.
Just like moisturizing any other hair style, you need to find your own groove. Generally, moisturizing a few times a week will be good for most people, but the amount you apply will vary from others, and you may still need to adjust how often you moisturize. Just pay attention to your hair and you’ll be fine.
How to Seal in Moisture
The best way to seal in moisture is to apply a heavier product such as shea butter. The molecules of shea butter are too large to be absorbed by the hair, so they coat the outside of the hair and seal in the moisture that has already been absorbed. The best way to do this is to apply a lighter moisturizer first, then follow it up with the heavier stuff. This will nourish and protect your hair.
If you don’t want to do it in two steps, you can try a coconut oil-based moisturizer that also has a relatively high water content. The coconut oil, like shea butter, won’t be absorbed as easily into your hair, so it will give a protective layer. But it isn’t too thick that it will block the water from absorbing into your hair. This method works, but it won’t be quite as effective as the first, so proceed with caution and know that you may have to try something else to get the best results.
Homemade Moisturizer Ingredients (See This Article)
Do you want to save some money and make an entirely natural moisturizer that perfect for your hair type? Great, we highly recommend that approach. If you’re going to make your own homemade moisturizer, you’re going to need a few ingredients. First, you need to figure out what kind of moisturizer you want to make. You can go one of two routes: heavy or light.
If you want to make a heavier moisturizer, you’ll want to start with a base of shea butter or coconut oil. These ingredients will make thicker products. If you want a lighter moisturizer, maybe a spray-in, go for water or coconut water for a base. Either type is fine, and your hair will still get moisturized. It’s just a matter of preference, so go with what you like.
On top of your preferred base, you can add natural ingredients such as carrier oils and essential oils. There is a whole myriad of oils that all have different benefits for your hair. Check out our natural hair blog for a great starter guide to the benefits of different oils. The great part about making your own moisturizer is that you can experiment and create your own special combinations of bases and oils until you find something that works perfectly for you.