Back to Basics Natural Hair Care: Sealing in The Moisture

natural_articleThis “Back to Basics Natural Hair Care” Series is designed to supply you with a foundation of knowledge to help you look after your beautiful tresses and is perfect for those who are newly natural, transitioning or considering going natural.

Kinky and curly hair tends to be naturally dry because the structure prevents distribution of the natural oils. Dry hair can lead to damaged hair and damaged hair can break or split quite easily. Bottom line – natural hair needs to be moisturised and not dry in order to grow healthy and long.

How to moisturise hair effectively

Step 1: Since water is the only true moisturiser, to effectively moisturise, you should start off with wet or damp hair. Tip: Invest in a small spray bottle which you can fill up with water or homemade moisturising/conditioning concoctions, to make moisturising easier.

Step 2: You want to use a water-based moisturiser or leave-in conditioner or curl activator. A water-based moisturiser will penetrate the hair shaft as opposed to other moisturiser, so you should always apply your water-based moisturiser first. Tip: Avoid using a moisturiser (greases and pomades) that uses mineral oil or petroleum.

Step 3: Seal the moisture into your hair by applying a light oil-based moisturiser or oil or butter. (Extra Virgin/Virgin) Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Jojoba oil, Shea butter and Mango butter are just some examples of natural ingredients you can use alone or within products.
Then you can either style your hair or finish up with your night routine!

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