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August 21, 2012

How to Moisturize Natural Hair

 
 by NaturallyChelsea via NaturallyCurly

As curlies, we are in a constant battle to keep our hair moisturized. Some of us even go on quests to find the perfect regimen and holy grail products that will keep our tresses happy for days on end. But having coily hair that is well hydrated doesn’t have to be complicated. It’s as simple as understanding your hair’s porosity and knowing what to use for your curl pattern.

Porosity

Your hair’s porosity is the measure of its ability to absorb and hold onto moisture and thus is the best indicator for how you should moisturize it. In order to find out your hair’s porosity, take one of your shed hairs and place it in a glass of water. If it floats quickly to the bottom then your hair has high porosity. If it takes forever and a day to sink, then you have low porosity hair. Lastly, if it sinks at a pace that is neither too fast nor slow, then you have normal porosity hair.

Low Porosity

Low porosity hair is usually harder to moisturize since it is more difficult to get the moisture into your strands. In order to moisturize your hair, you should use more water based, liquid products that will moisturize your hair without coating it and making it greasy. Also, use a light oil like jojoba ro grapeseed oil to seal your hair  since heavier oils like castor oil or olive oil will be harder for your hair to absorb and will simply sit on top of it and weigh it down.

Also, if you really have an issue with your hair absorbing products, try to apply them to damp or dry hair since the strands will have released the water and will therefore be able to absorb the product. A temporary way to open up your cuticles so your strands can better absorb product is to do a baking soda treatment on your hair. Because baking soda is alkaline in nature, it will cause the cuticles of your hair to raise. Simply mix baking soda and water until it forms an aerated paste, apply it to the hair and leave it on for 15 minutes then rinse.

Medium Porosity

If you have medium porosity hair then you’re one lucky natural. This means that you have quite a few options for moisturizing your hair. However, there is a new method of moisturizing the hair called the L.O.C. (liquid, oil and cream) method that many women swear by. This method works so well because each layer of product seals the layer before it (i.e. the cream seals the oil which seals in the liquid). To do this method, apply a liquid leave in or moisturizer, then a light oil to seal it in and finish with your favorite creamy moisturizer or styler on top and your hair should be happy for at least a couple of days.

High Porosity

If you have high porosity hair, it probably has a difficult time holding onto moisture because of its raised cuticles that allow moisture to be lost to the atmosphere. In order to keep your tresses happy, apply heavy products to your hair in layers. Try applying a leave in, then a thick moisturizer then a heavy butter to seal all the moisture in. To keep your hair moisturized throughout the week, mix your favorite liquid moisturizer or leave in with water in a spray bottle with a few drops of oil and spray it on your hair at nights then seal with a butter.

To help close your cuticles temporarily to better hold onto moisture, try doing apple cider vinegar rinses when you cleanse your hair. Apple cider vinegar is acidic and will temporarily help to close your cuticles. Mix 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with 2 cups of water and pour it over your hair after cleansing it, then dry it and style as normal. You can also try adding more aloe vera gel or juice to your regimen.

Final Thoughts

The key to moisturized hair is healthy hair so keep a running appointment with your jar of deep conditioner, go easy on the heat and treat it gently. As always remember to have love peace and curly haired bliss.

 How do you get and maintain the moisture of your locks?

16 Chime in!:

Davina916 said...

I spritz my hair every other night with a water/glycerin mix. It makes my hair really soft.

Esther Komolafe said...

I am still looking for a product that will keep my hair moisturized for at least one full day!!!

5naturals said...

I read this article about low porosity hair and thought it was interesting. It mentions adding a small amount of castile soap to your conditioner. Castile soap (atleast Dr. Bronner's) is alkaline in nature and will help lift the cuticles so that the conditioner can be more easily absorbed into the hair. Then do a final rinse with acv or avj to close them.

SavanahRae said...

I wash my hair and seal in that moisture with a butter and some olive oil.

Megan M. said...

My hair like liquids, creams and oils I need to stop being a scary cat and try some butters :) the name butter just sounds yummy lol!

Chiquita said...

I so needed this right now! I BC'D about two weeks ago and learned I have low porosity hair. I read a previous article on here about low porosity but I didn't know I should be using light oils instead of heavy ones...

Chiquita said...

I heard about the Castile soap as well! I need to get some aloe Vera juice...

Gwenn4ya said...

I've tried quite a few things. I've always been mixed up about the porosity. I am going to try the shed hair in water thingie again to see how fast or slow it goes down. Thanks for the reminder!

abrunnin said...

hmmm....I've heard about that water/glycerin mix before. Let me google that right now.

Yoruba Mutakabbir said...

sealing with nature's blessing pomade. not shampooing as often and not with a harsh shampoo. I haven't tried the porosity test yet. I twisted my dry hair with....wait for it....S-curl spray mixed with water and nature's blessing pomade. feels soft 3 days later.

MyNaturalCurlyLife said...

I did the glass water test & it took so long for my strand to shrink that I shoved it down with my finger, lol. Go figure I have Low Porosity :-)

MyNaturalCurlyLife said...

I ment to say Sink!

Bricy said...

This was a good read! (Still waiting for my strand of hair to float down to the bottom of the cup lol) I've been using castor oil but I now see I need to switch to coconut or jojoba oil.

Derika said...

I still haven't mastered how to moisturize my hair. I will try the baking soda and water. Thanks for the suggestion!

Angela B. said...

The L.O.C. method really works for my hair. I just use a liquid (Taliah Waajid's Protective Mist Bodifier), evoo, and some thick leave-in (Shea Moisture CES) and my hair is super moisturized. It's magical!

JQueen said...

My hair just sat on TOP of the water! Guess that explains a lot. Thanks for this article.

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