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Water is the best and most effective moisturizer you can use for your hair. Moisturize your hair from the inside out by drinking 6-8 glasses of water every day. Trust me, your entire body will thank you. You moisturize your skin daily so why not do the same for your hair. This liquid gold is second best to sebum (a light yellow, oily substance that is secreted by the sebaceous glands that help keep the skin and hair moisturized). Using water-based hair products especially conditioners is also a great addition to moisturizing your hair. These products will list water as the first ingredient. Apply moisturizers from roots to ends evenly on your hair. Avoid products that just coat your hair instead of absorb into your hair. Try natural products with natural ingredients to seal in the moisture like shea butter, coconut oil and grape-seed oil.
The reason behind your dry hair could be because your scalp doesn’t produce enough natural oil to moisturize your hair. This can be hereditary or something that happens over time. As we age, the body’s ability to produce oil naturally slows down resulting in dryer skin and of course dry hair. Exposing your hair to too much sun, wind, chlorine, salt water or dry air can also cause your hair to become dry.
For extremely dry hair, deep condition once or twice a week. It’s very hard to over condition black hair so no need to worry. Regular deep conditioning can restore the moisture levels your hair so desperately need. To avoid product buildup, apply conditioner to hair only, not the scalp. Cover with a plastic cap and sit under a hooded dryer or you can keep conditioner in overnight. You can also spritz your hair with a misting spray or plain water making sure not to soak tresses. Be sure to spritz the hair with water before applying oils as this prevents moisture from penetrating the hair strands.
The more moisture for thick, course hair, the better, Using a rich rinse-out conditioner after showering then follow-up with a moisturizing leave-in spray before styling is a great way to go. Try deep conditioning once a week to allow the conditioner to penetrate for about 10 or 15 minutes for a silk result.
Do you have any tricks that work to keep the hair moisturized. I would love to hear them. Please leave your questions or comments below.