For a long time I struggled with moisture in my hair.
It was one of my major problems ever since I stopped bothering about length. By the way, if you’re still bothered about length and comparing your hair to someone else, you should stop. Everyone’s hair is different.
Now back to our moisture problem. I set my sight on attaining the perfectly (well not perfectly but you know what I mean) moist hair after a wash day.
So I began my journey, I’d share some of the things I tried and what I learnt along the way.
1. Moisture is Water
The first thing you need to understand is that moisture is water.
Moisture isn’t oil, or diys or product, moisture is simply water. You’re thinking of getting that in your hair. To do this you must first of all actually drink enough water. Your hair isn’t always everything you put on it, it’s also what you take in your body. Increase your water intake, 8 glasses a day would do you more good than harm and not just for your hair.
So I went with this, took more water but as you’d expect it doesn’t happen all at once.
I realized that my pre-poo regimen helped improved moisture in my hair. But I switched things up and starting using two things which were honey and aloe vera. I’d heard honey was good in solving moisture problems but I didn’t know it was that good.
I used honey because it had humectant properties, meaning that it helps absorb moisture from the air into your hair. The aloe vera I used was based on the fact that aloe vera has healing properties so the combo of both worked nicely for me.
Now you might be thinking, what if I don’t have honey? Well there are other alternatives my dear. Glycerin for example also has good humectant properties.
In using honey or any other humectant, remember to consider your hair type and the weather as well, so it doesn’t have adverse effects on your hair.
That’s what I used for my pre-poo, other options are available for pre-pooing. For instance, olive oil or any other good hair oil that works with your hair type, serves as a good option for a great pre-poo. https://allanjiesaccessories.wordpress.com/2021/02/05/reasons-you-should-be-doing-a-pre-poo-treatment/
Remember it’s about finding what works best for you.
3. Deep conditioning
This wasn’t always a part of my wash day before but I included it and the benefits go beyond moisture. It gets nutrients into your hair more than a regular rinse out conditioner does, helps prevent split ends and boost general hair health.
Although I must confess that I kind of found this stressful at first. I found that working with my hair in sections helped me in reducing the stress of it and in my general wash day routine.
4. Moisturize and seal
I dealt with the concept of this for a while. Why? Because I was using the wrong sealant.
I love love looovvvveee shea butter. In fact it’s one of what is like to call my hair baes, I include it in a lot of my hair diys. I used it for my sealant after moisturizing with a leave-in, it did a fair job but it most of the time just sat on my hair and created buildup, defeating the purpose of the whole thing.
Don’t get me wrong, my darling, shea butter works where it works but not as a sealant for me. It’s heavy and didn’t get absorb into my low porosity hair, even after I whipped it.
Use a good water-based moisturizer, because like I said earlier, “moisture is water”, you need to actually moisturize.
By good moisturizer, I don’t mean from this brand or that brand or the one your friend uses, I mean the one you feel works for you.
Now this is where that oil comes in, after properly moisturizing you can then use an oil to seal in the moisture.
Depending on your hair porosity or other factors, you can get an oil or a hair butter that does the job right and seals in the juicy moisture you need.
5. Get a Good Satin Bonnet
We’re always singing this same song because we know it’s good for you, whatever hair type you may have.
I realized that my satin bonnet helps in preserving and maintaining the moisture I’d gotten.
A satin bonnet would help prevent moisture the absorbing materials your bedsheets or pillowcases are made of from drying your hair. It’ll help reduce frizz and dryness and prevent split ends which could result from dryness or not using a satin bonnet.
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How do you maintain moisture? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section.
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