Parched Much? 5 Ways To Add More Moisture To Your Hair Routine
The hunt for moisture can be found happening across natural hair message boards, groups and in the hair aisles of your favorite stores. However, as most naturals know, this issue of moisture is a little more complex and can’t be solved simply by slathering the hair in oils, butters and other concoctions that may be mixed from the kitchen.
We’ve all heard countless times that water is a natural girl’s best friend…but how SWAY?!
Natural hair needs hydration. Hydra=water. When the hair is shampooed the cuticle is lifted, allowing the moisture i.e., water (hydration) into the hair strand. When conditioner (sealant) is added to the hair the cuticle is closed and the water is sealed in. At this point no more water can be allowed back into the hair strand and no more water can get out of the hair strand. The hair at this point is hydrated/moisturized.
Now how does one build a hydrating hair regimen? Well, it starts with these four tips:
1. Have a proper cleansing regimen.
A solid cleansing regimen that includes regularly shampooing the hair every 7-10 days is the holy grail to achieving healthy, hydrated hair. Also, it is very important that every natural includes a clarifying shampoo in the mix on an as needed basis. Clarifying will not only do your scalp good, but it will also remove build up, dirt, heavy oils and butters while allowing your curls to pop.
2. Use products that are water soluble.
A water-soluble silicone means that it is able to dissolve in water. It is a silicone that is easy to wash out of the hair and doesn’t leave heavy build up. Look for products containing cyclomethicone. This is the most commonly used silicone in hair care products and it does everything silicone promises to do, but won’t leave build up on the hair. Dimethicone copolyol is water soluble, too. It’s a bit more pricey, but it’s lightweight and leaves very little build up on the hair.