Moisture is in the hair! Well, at least it should be. Ladies, we need to have a little chat about moisturizing your hair. You may have heard a thousand times that moisture is the key to a healthy hair regimen, but do you really know why? Sure, it keeps your hair from breaking off. Of course, it makes your hair look more full of life. And you know that it definitely aids in trying to make your hair grow. With that being said, you might be wondering what you can do to keep your hair moisturized. I get it. You’re like the typical woman in today’s world and have just south of a million things to do. How can you possibly make time to moisturize your hair on a regular basis? Have no fear hair diva. I’m here to help. Take a look at some of the things you can do to help keep your tresses good and moisturized.
Increase your water intake
You’re probably aware that water is great for your skin and keeping you in shape, but did you also know that it helps your hair as well? The key to healthy hair is to start from the inside and work your way out. If you want your hair to look flawless, you have to start adopting a healthier lifestyle. With that being said, drop you some lemons, limes, and fresh mint leaves into that water and get to slurping, sis.
Now, I know we’ve mentioned that clarifying the hair is good for getting rid of excess gunk and junk out of your scalp and hair, right? Well, clarifying shampoo also helps your hair to retain moisture. Why? Having clean strands means there nothing between your moisturizer and your hair shafts except space and opportunity. Eliminate that space and clarify more often for moisture retention.
Condition your hair more often
Now it’s up to you to determine how you want to approach this, but you basically have two options. On one hand you can deep condition your hair every time you shampoo. you know how you usually only deep condition one or twice a month? Well, to maximize moisture, deep condition after every single shampoo. Now, suppose you don’t have time to deep condition all the time? In that case, then you can opt for option two which is to cowash your hair 1-2 times a week. I just wrote a whole article about cowashing, so I won’t go into details. Just know that conditioner is one of the major keys to moisture success. Especially in the cooler months when the dryness is real.
Practice the LCO/LOC methods more often than just wash day
You know those two methods that we discussed that gave you a blueprint as to how to care for your hair? Well, regardless of if you do the LCO (liquid, cream, oil) method or opt for the LOC (liquid, oil, cream) method, you’re going to have to do it more often. Period. Do not pass go or collect $200. Use one of these two methods if you want your hair to have more moisture. No matter what the weather is outdoors, your hair will start to lose luster and elasticity after a few days. Doing a mini LOC/LCO session will do nothing but make your hair appreciate your thoughtfulness.
Keep a spray bottle on deck.
This one is taken straight out of the lazy girl chronicles. When in doubt, spray it out. A little bit of sprayed on leave-in conditioner mixed with a lightweight moisturizer is better than just completely skipping out on moisturizing your hair at all. Try to make it a habit to add some type of moisture every other day so your hair can really shine. If you’re relaxed, you might need to get more creative with what you spray and how often so that you won’t have to worry about your tresses reverting (aka getting back curly). As a matter of fact, our Elixir would be your best choice because it’s light enough to not weigh the hair down and has just enough ingredients to give your hair a healthy dose of nutrition.
Make sure your hair is damp when adding in your moisturizer.
Now, I’m not sure how scientifically correct this is, but a little trial and error taught me this trick. Using moisturizer when the hair is soak in wet means the moisturizer might just run off with the water. Moisturizing when the hair is completely dry doesn’t do anything for penetrating the inner shaft. The best way to get maximum moisture is to add your moisturizer when the hair is damp. Not only does it rub in smoother, but it seals like a charm.
There’s you a handful of ways that you can keep your hair moisturized. Can you think of some other ways? Tell us about it in the comments!
Authored by Bianca Scott