How to effectively moisturize your hair
Hey everyone! I hosted the oc256 snapchat account a couple of weeks ago and I was asked a number of questions about how I moisturize and protect my hair. Many girls were telling me they moisturize but find themselves having to re-do the process at night which is honestly time-wasting and not healthy because you’re over manipulating your hair. The average person should moisturize 2 to 3 times a week if you have really dry hair.
The popular LOC and LCO methods may work easily for those with fine strands but those of us with coarse hair will not feel much of a difference and within 24 hours the hair is back to its dry brittle state. We therefore need to add a thick butter like shea butter to effectively seal in the moisture. I also think those methods create a lot of build-up on your strands especially if you are doing that every day/night (applying leave-in conditioner and oil and cream).
It is good to understand the oils you’re using before buying and using them. For example I recently found out my hair does not like a lot of coconut oil because it increases frizz so I minimized the use to just wash days. I’ve found better options since then like olive oil and grapeseed oil which are penetrating, lighter and don’t make my hair greasy. HERE is a link to explain more about oils that are penetrating, moisturizing, heat protecting and those that are heavy and good at sealing in moisture.
I simplified my process by creating a good liquid/leave-in and using whipped shea butter as a sealant. These two alone are sufficient for your hair!! (You can manually whip raw shea butter for easier use). If I have time, I combine the shea butter and my hair oil on my palm then apply to my hair so the moisture is sealed in perfectly. An alternative product for shea butter is castor oil.
This post is mostly about a nourishing DIY recipe for your liquid/leave-in that you can use to moisturize your hair. You can spray it on your hair each day if you have a spray bottle or you can make the mix in a bowl when you’re about to tie those beautiful twists or braids for a protective style.
- 1 to 2 cups of water
- 1 cup of aloevera juice
- 1/2 cup of rosewater
- 1 tsp. vegetable glycerin
- 5 drops of lavender essential oil (optional)
Uses of each ingredient:
Water – This should be really obvious seeing as it is a direct source of moisture and it helps balance out all the other ingredients. If you’re ever looking to buy a moisturizing conditioner or leave-in treatment, this should be the first ingredient on the list that you should look out for.
Aloevera juice – A lot of people swear by this and so do I because of its strengthening and moisturizing capacities. I use it in my DIY deep conditioners and face masks as well and it works like magic! If you don’t have this, a good substitute is aloevera gel since it will also dissolve in the water. Can be found at Tuskys or Nakumatt for about 6.95$ (700kshs/23,000ugx)
Rosewater – I used this in my skin regimen for years before I discontinued it as a toner (will explain why in another post). I decided to research on its benefits for natural hair and found out it is a great moisturizer as well. The antibacterial and antiseptic properties help reduce dandruff and scalp inflammation, and promotes hair growth. It is also super cheap and can be found at any supermarket for about 1$ or less (70kshs/3000ugx)
Glycerin – This is a great hair humectant. This means that it absorbs moisture from the air around you and traps it into your hair. That’s a huge benefit for those of us living in equatorial, tropical and coastal areas with high humidity. Glycerin is readily available at any local supermarket at varied prices but it should not cost more than 2$ (200kshs/6,000ugx)
Lavender essential oil – I mostly use this to add a good scent to the hair mist but it also has hair growth benefits when used together with other oils. Can be found at a beauty store like Beauty Options for 7$ (700kshs)
Store this mix in the fridge after use. You may use all or some of the ingredients but this is just to guide you on how to mix a super hydrating and moisturizing hair mist before you seal in with shea butter or any thick butter mix you may have.
PS: If you’re looking for a spray bottle to mist your hair, you can find really good ones at Tuskys for just 1$ (100kshs/3300ugx).
Hope you found this helpful.
Live and Love,