One thing every natural girl has in common right now (drum roll please)…..how do I keep my hair moisturized in this heat? Yes, yes yes the season is upon us. I know we’re all looking to have a hot girl summer. But Sis, you can’t be a hot girl this summer with dry and brittle hair. So don’t worry Kinky Hair Rocks got you covered. We always want to keep in mind everyone’s hair is different and may respond to certain methods or techniques differently. Here at KHR, we don’t focus on hair patterns (4A, B and C) when we share tips. We focus on hair porosity.
We believe there are 3 types of naturals (Low, Normal and High porosity naturals). You’re going to hear us talk about porosity a lot more simply because we believe knowing your hair porosity will eliminate a lot of your struggles in caring for your hair. The Natural Hair community has become so fixated on hair types that we’ve strayed away from what’s important. Which is proper hair care! You have naturals who take tips from girls with their own hair pattern, rather than girls with the same porosity level as them. For example, your hair might be 4c low porosity or 4a low porosity and you’re following the influencer with the same hair “pattern,” as you but Sis has high porosity hair. Then you’re wondering why the products she used didn’t work so well for your hair. Well, the reason why low and high porosity hair is totally different. One can easily absorb moisture but does not retain it, while the other can’t easily absorb moisture but when it does, it has the ability to retain it. One requires heavier products to retain its moisture and the other requires lighter products to absorb it. I just thought I’d put this out there.
Today we’re sharing some tips on how to keep your hair moisturized!
CLARIFYING/COWASH (– USE A MOISTURIZING SHAMPOO)
It’s really up to you. Some people choose to co-wash more during the winter because they don’t want to strip their hair of all it’s natural oils. There are some great moisturizing shampoos out there that do not strip the hair of its natural oils. You can check out “5 Best Moisturizing Shampoo for Type 4 Hair.
DEEP CONDITION REGULARLY
The purpose of a deep conditioner is to TEMPORARILY repair and nourish the hair cuticles with higher viscosity. Deep conditioners are like a temporary fix. It’s something you should do regularly. It can help prevent heat damage and replace moisture and protein in your hair shaft. If your hair is dry and brittle it makes it easy to snap or break with tension. Especially if you don’t do low manipulation styles on your hair.
The overall goal is to prevent breakage so you need to nourish, strengthen and always keep your hair moisturized. When you deep condition your hair often it helps to restore the elasticity of your hair and prevent hair loss. If you don’t know much about deep conditioning or need some recommendations, check out this article How Often Should You Deep Condition Your Hair?
Water-based products penetrate the hair shaft. It helps add moisture back into dry strands. How do you know if a leave-in conditioner is water-based? A simple look at the ingredients on the label, the first ingredient should be “water,” aka purified water or aqua. Leave-in conditioners are moisturizers and contain humectants (though not all leave-in conditioners contain a humectant, that’s something you have to look for on the label). Humectants draw moisture into your hair, keeping your hair moisturized for longer. Naturals it’s very important to add water-based leave-in conditioners as part of your regimen.
AIR DRY YOUR HAIR
This one is short and sweet. It’s hot enough outside to let your hair air dry. There is no need to diffuse your hair. Let your hair air dry and let it lock in as much moisture.
LOW MANIPULATION/PROTECTIVE HAIRSTYLES:
If you’re protective styling with box braids (extensions) I recommend that in between styles please give your hair a break to care for it. Go easy on your edges Sis, you need your edges.
DRINK LOTS OF WATER
Drink lots of water. Dehydration can cause loss of hair.
— USE PROTECTION IN THE POOL
It’s not a hot girl summer if you’re not posted up at the pool rocking your coils, curls, or kinks. Before going swimming be sure to apply some conditioner or leave-in conditioner to your hair. Chlorine and saltwater are known to cause dry hair. By doing that it provides extra protection for your hair while swimming.
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