How to keep your natural hair moisturized. Natural hair. Love it or hate it, keeping moisturized can be a bit of a pain. But it doesn’t have to be. Below I have listed a couple of things you need to keep in mind to keep your crown on fleek!
In summer (which is coming up soon, whoop whoop) add some honey into your leave-ins. Honey is an emollient and natural anti-oxidant which makes it a great conditioner and stimulates hair growth. It is a natural softener and leaves your hair well conditioned and leaves your hair healthy while improving the condition of hair follicles.
Side Note: Honey is not only good for your hair but fantastic for your skin too. Read up on how to make a quick and inexpensive home made honey and lemon face scrub here.
Adding thick natural oils like castor oil to your hair and avocado help seal in moisture in your hair. I have been using Black Jamaican Castor Oil on my hair for a couple of months now and the benefits are amazing. Castor oil carries ricinoleic acid and omega-6 essential fatty acids which accelerate blood circulation to the scalp and hence increase hair growth and moisture.
Another oil I have been using that works absolute wonders is coconut oil. Coconut oil not only stimulates hair growth but getting deep into its follicles but also promotes scalp health by fighting against insect bites, lice and dandruff. if you, like me, have always wondered what kind of coconut oil to use for your hair and whether there is a special type of oil you should look out for the answer is no. I spent a whole 30 minutes walking around in a drug store just the other week because I thought that you needed to buy “special hair coconut oil” to use for your hair instead of the regular one you cook with lol. The answer is no, go into that cooking oil aisle honey! I have saved you the walk and research.
A true moisturizer will have water listed in its ingredients. Instead of always washing your hair with shampoo every-time you wash it, rather sometimes wash with just water instead as it doesn’t strip the hair of its natural moisture as much as harsh shampoos do. Sometimes just spritzing your hair regularly with plain water is just enough. If you are extra, like me, then a mixture of distilled water, aloe vera juice, your favourite natural oil and glycerin will do. Regularly steaming your hair also helps open up the cuticles and and hydrate the hair.
In order to lock in moisture during the night cover your hair with a bonnet or satin scarf. If you are like me however and find that sleeping with a scarf on your head gives you headaches then an great alternative would be a satin pillowcase.
Keep Your Hands Off My Hair!!
Try (as best you can, I know even I have a hard time with this one) to keep your hands off your hair. Touching your hair too often leads to it drying out a lot faster. Please note that this list will be updated over time as I not only figure my own hair our but also as I do more research. To keep up to date with all the updates simply sign up for my newsletter!
How to Find Out What Your Natural Hair Texture is and Why You Should Care
Different types of hair textures require and maintenance and the more you understand your hair in its natural form, the more you will easily be able to find out what kind of products to use and what to (and what not to) use on your hair for optimal results. Whether it be to grow your hair and gain length or simply make your hair stronger, knowing your natural hair texture is key to getting it right. I have written a post on how to figure out what your natural hair texture is and why you should even care in a previous post. Read the post here!
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