Ways to Dry Natural Hair

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by Mary Wolff

Drying your hair can be a hassle. Curly girls know all too well what happens to strands when you over dry with a heat process like a dryer. Hair can become brittle, dry, damaged, and frizzy. Some curly girls stand by their blow dryers until death do they part. Looking for a different approach to mix things up while still getting the job done? If you’re looking for ways to dry natural hair without the damage or breakage caused by heated methods, here are a few of my favorite suggestions on the matter.

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Moisture to the Max! 3 Routines for Seriously Hydrated Hair​.


by Tiffani Greenaway of MyMommyVents.com

As the seasons change, so does our hair. Drier air and bitter winds can wreak havoc on our fragile strands, leaving curls dull, limp, and dry.

You've tried gels, conditioners, and almost everything on the beauty supply shelves, but nothing seems to work. Three different methods promise shinier, bouncier, moisture rich hair--but which is right for you?

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5 Tips for Keeping Your Natural Hair Moisturized This Fall

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by Sabrina Perkins via SeriouslyNatural.org

Keeping natural hair moisturized this Fall and Winter will be a challenge. While many will opt for protective styling, there are other ways to keep hair protected and moisturized as temperatures dip and dryness soars.

Finding a moisturization regimen is important when dealing with natural hair. Since our hair is curly/kinky, our sebum cannot make its way down the hair shaft. This means the moisture needs to be replenished as many times as possible through deep conditioning and moisturizing products. Maintaining a proper level of moisture reduces the chance of breakage, leaves you with softer hair and increased length retention.

Your moisturizing regimen will typically depend on your hair’s porosity and the style that your hair is currently in, but here are some general tips on how to properly moisturize your hair.

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Boost Your Natural Hair Moisture Levels With These Hair Tools

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by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

Keeping natural hair moisturized during the spring and summer is easier than keeping it moisturized during fall and winter. During this time of the year, the air is drier, colder and harsher on our delicate strands so we often have to think outside the box as naturalistas.

Hair products that can be applied to hair can only do so much so we have to try things that will help in other ways. Think it will be a challenge? For some it might if they are not for going the extra mile and in some instances, extra dollars. Here's a list of not-so-common methods and products that will surely give your 'do a moisture boost and keep your strands looking lovely.

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What’s the best plant based moisturizer for hair and skin?

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CN Says: 
Although this article focuses on skin care, we use these same ingredients in our hair! I hope it helps! Spoiler alert- shea butter, rice bran and olive oil are the winners ;) 


Q:  Rebecca asks us to recommend the most effective, longest lasting, all around best plant-based moisturizer for skin. In our response we talk about the different methods of moisturization and what it means to be “plant-based.”

A: 3 methods of moisturization.

1. Occlusives
Purpose: To reduce how much water evaporates through your skin. (Cosmetic scientists refer to this as TransEpidermal Moisture Loss or TEWL.) Occlusive agents form a hydrophobic barrier on your skin that keeps the water on the inside. The most effective examples include petrolatum, mineral oil, and dimethicone. Some plant oils help occlude the skin but typically they are included more for their emolliency.

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You’ve heard it before, over and over again — moisture is everything when it comes to natural hair health. Still, many naturals struggle with keeping their curls, kinks and coils well-moisturized. Perhaps you’re guilty of one of our 9 ineffective moisturizing practices.

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Here's Why the LOC Method Didn't Work...



by Ariane of BlackNaps.org

Ask about how to keep your hair moisturized and you are guaranteed to hear about the LOC Method for moisture. Tried it and it didn’t work? It happens, here are a few possible reasons why your outcome was less than pleasing:

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How to Moisturize Super-Dry Natural Hair, Now!


by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

Dry hair is common among naturals with curly or kinky hair, but did you know that the hair becomes drier with age? As the body matures, the oil glands shrink which causes it to produce natural oils inefficiently.

Also, as the body ages it fails to produce hairs that have a sufficient amount of elasticity, causing the hair to become brittle and prone to breakage. While these factors are out of our control, and its characteristics depend on genetics, here are a few ways to both combat and prevent dryness.

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The Best Leave-in Conditioners for Your Natural Hair



Moisture is our curl’s life force. Our hair thrives off of the proper balance between moisture and proteins, and despite knowing we have to keep this delicate balance, it is hard to maintain. Nature’s source of moisture is water but many are still unaware of the importance of water in a curly girl’s regimen. Now, some are under the impression that oils moisturize hair but they do not; they seal moisture in. Hair moisturizers are big business but many on the market have tons of emollients and oils but lack the water. The best moisturizers are water-based so if you are suffering from dry hair, make sure water is a main component of your moisturizing regimen. 

5 Benefits of Steaming Natural Hair


by MaiCurls of GlobalCoutureblog.net

Is your natural hair extremely dry?  Hair steaming may be just what the “hair doctor” ordered when it comes to healthy, moisturized coils and curls.

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Moisturizing Natural Hair: The Most Effective Methods


by Michelle Thames of HappilyEverNatural.com

Looking for methods to help moisturize your natural hair? Winter got your hair crying the dry hair blues? I'll be honest, this Chicago weather is not being nice to my hair. I have been consistent with my regimen, and focusing on the health of my hair to make sure I am keeping it properly moisturized. I have implemented some practices and techniques that have helped me. Since I started being consistent with my healthy hair regimen, I have noticed a tremendous difference in the moisture of my hair. Here are a few tips to help you moisturize your natural hair.

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The Ingredient You Need for Your Softest Natural Hair Ever



by Susan Walker of DrWalkerWellness

I recently modified my hair care regimen and the results blew my mind. There was an incredible softness to my hair that I had never really experienced. My hair is not usually soft at all. So you understand my delight. And all from adding in one, relatively inexpensive products. And what was it?

The Secret to Natural Hair Moisture Retention

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by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.com

There's a lot of information out there about the importance of the hair's cuticle and keeping it closed and smooth.  However, it's important to note that you first actually want to open it to allow in the moisture and nourishment!  This article will share details on the structure of the hair, and how to open and close the cuticle to retain proper moisture levels for healthy natural hair care.  A smooth, closed cuticle really is the secret to stronger, healthier hair.

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How to Moisturize Dry Natural Hair


by Vashti Patrick-Joseph of Veepeejay.com 

One of the complaints I hear all the time is “my hair is so dry!” A few days ago, while in CVS two young ladies walked up to me and said, “what do you put in your hair? It looks so healthy and soft. Mine is so dry”. Right there in the hair care aisle, we chatted about natural hair & dryness.

Today I’m sharing some of the things we talked about. Here are 5 reasons why your natural hair may be dry.

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The Baggy Method for Long, Healthy Natural Hair



by Michelle Thames of HappilyEverNatural.com

I don’t know about you, but my hair has been so dry this winter! Winter go away, spring come out and play! LOL! No but really it seems like my hair and my ends have been so dry and yucky. I am on my healthy hair journey, so I am always looking for ways to help moisturize my dry hair. I recently did the porosity test and determined that my hair is low porosity, meaning that my hair is hesitant to opening up for water and moisture. Most of the time when I apply products they just sit on top of my hair. My hair doesn’t readily absorb products, and keep moisture.

I recently got back to my old ways and did the old trusty baggy method. I used to do this method all the time when I first went natural and I don’t know why I have been neglecting it lately. The baggy method is a method that is similar to deep conditioning because it traps in moisture.

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The Secret to Maintaining Bleached and Colored Hair


by Devri

I'm Jasmine, a 22-year-old from Philadelphia, Pa and recent Temple grad working towards a career in psychology. Like many other women, I was given relaxers as a young girl and for a while, I didn't know much better. However, once I finished high school, I decided that I wanted to embrace my individuality and dye my hair crazy colors! I knew that in order to achieve colorful, yet healthy hair, I would have to quit getting relaxers. That was four years ago and I am still loving my natural hair today!

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How to Moisturize and Seal Natural Hair on Wash Day



by Amanda

Wash day is never complete without locking in the moisture. There are three ways to seal moisture in your strands after deep conditioning: moisturizers and milks, leave-in conditioners, and oils. You do not have to use them all but here are the differences so you know what will work best for you. 
 

4 Ways to Deal with Super-Dry Natural Hair This Winter

by Charlene Walton of TexturedTalk.com

Dry natural hair continues as the top concern for women all through the year but especially during the winter. If you are a resident of Texas like me you know that “winter” is just another word as our weeks can range in temperature from 72 degrees on Monday to 42 degrees on Tuesday. However, if you live in colder climates, as the weather shifts so should your hair care regimen. Many women opt to wear protective styles for this reason including strand twists, wigs and crochet braids, which still require intense moisturizing. But, if you still want to rock your curls all year here are 4 products that can kill your dry hair woes.

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7 Ways to Get Super Moisturized Natural Hair Right Now!

 
by Charlene Walton of TexturedTalk

Besides hair growth, moisture is by far the number one area women struggle with in terms of their natural hair.  If you are a new natural or in the process of transitioning, this may come as a shock to you but, it is OK to moisturize your hair every day.  This does not mean shampooing and conditioning every day but, pure and simple moisture.  Moisturized hair will lead to less breakage, greater lengthen retention, easier manageability, softer hair and so forth. The confusion comes into play when women THINK they are moisturizing their hair but, the hair is still dry and brittle. The common thing I hear is “I put tons of coconut oil in my hair so it’s moisturized.” Unfortunately, that will only lead to a head full of oily hair and clogged pores.  If you constantly put coconut oil on your hair only to discover your scalp is itchy and the hair is brittle, there is no hydration in your regimen.   Remember: oils do not moisturize.  If you want to achieve moisturized natural hair here are 7 things you must start doing TODAY.

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How to Get Moisture into Low Porosity Natural Hair


Jensine writes:

If you have low porosity hair, chances are you’ve spent many a wash day trying different deep conditioners in search of a holy grail. When you have no idea how to effectively deep condition your low porosity hair, wash day can be a nightmare. But what if I told you that the method of application can make a world of a difference?
This simple method will help open your hair cuticle so that it is ready to receive moisture and make wash day a breeze!

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