I am someone who uses heat on my natural hair regularly. I maintain my heat stretched hair for up to two weeks before I wash.
When you have flat ironed or blow dried your hair, you tend to avoid any type of water, so that the hair does not revert.
Here is how I moisturize my heat stretched hair, and also maintain my stretched hair-
- The key for me is making sure that I prepare my hair before using heat. I always deep condition my hair. Doing a thorough deep conditioning always keeps my hair moisturized for at least 7 days.
- After a week I usually do a light dry finger detangling and add a small amount of extra virgin olive oil focusing on the ends first and then upward. Extra virgin olive oil is one of the few oils that are known to be able to penetrate the hair shaft. To help the hair absorb the oil I sometimes add the oil and sit under a bonnet hair dryer for about 10 minutes. This holds my hair for another 7 days, and then it is usually time for a nice wash. I can usually only go about two weeks without adding water to my hair.
If you cannot go several days without adding water:
In the past I spritzed my ends lightly with water and then added a little oil to seal in the moisture. Do this by taking small sections, as soon as you add water and seal in the moisture, twist or braid the hair up immediately so that it stays stretched out. Once you are done with your entire head, you can wrap the hair or pull it up into a bun so that the hair does not revert or shrink up.