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.
Shampoo with a Moisturizing Shampoo
When cleansing the hair we tend to lose a lot of moisture. Although many naturals have turned to alternative methods of cleansing the hair (co-wash, clay wash, etc.) there are those of us who do not wish to give up on our cleansers. Choosing a moisturizing shampoo will eliminate the amount of moisture that is lost while still thoroughly cleansing the scalp and hair.
Deep Condition Frequently
Deep conditioning is very important when you’re trying to replenish moisture into the hair. Not only do these treatments impart moisture back into the hair, but they also give the hair protein, nutrients, and essential vitamins needed for healthy hair and scalp. Be sure to deep condition once a week, or at least every time the hair is washed in order to combat dryness.
Moisture is an important step in any naturals’ regimen, but we need more moisture as we get older. Since our sebum production drops, the amount of nutrients the hair gets decreases causing dry, brittle, and weak strands. Sebum doesn’t have the chance to reach the length of our hair, so it’s important to replenish the hair with moisturizers and seal that moisture in with oil.
Handle Your Hair with Care
Being gentle with your hair is a no-brainer, right? But it’s easier said than done. A lot of us have the tendency to handle our hair pretty rough, which can cause unnecessary breakage. It’s especially important to handle your hair with care as you get older because your strands gradually become weaker over time.
So those of us who tend to brush our hair in order to detangle may need to switch to finger detangling and stay away from hairstyles that pull or tug at the roots. Heavy braids /twists or even Locs need to be avoided in order to prevent thinning.