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How to Keep Your Hair Moisturized This Summer!

How to Keep Your Hair Moisturized This Summer!

How to Keep Your Hair Moisturized This Summer!

One thing every natural girl have 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 into 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 recommendation, check out this article How Often Should You Deep Condition Your Hair?

WATER-BASED PRODUCTS

Water-based products penetrate the hair shaft. It helps add moisture back into dry strands. Water-Based moisture is known as a leave-in conditioner. How do you know if a leave-in conditioner is water-based? 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.

DAILY MOISTURIZING ROUTINE
If you don’t have a daily routine, I’d recommend incorporating a morning or nighttime routine this summer. Especially if you’re one of those naturals whose hair is constantly dry.  When you notice your hair is dry, make your own little spritz. You can mix distilled water, add a little conditioner an essential oil (lemongrass, lavender or rosemary oil, etc.) Get creative but whatever you do moisturize your hair at all cost.
L.O.C METHOD/L.C.O (DISCLAIMER:
This method does not work for all porosity hair)
Now this one is a little tricky because many low porosity naturals may need to use 1 or 2 products. However, those with high porosity may need all 3 products to lock in their moisture. So again if you know your hair and 3 products is too much cut it down to two or one. Just be sure to find a good moisturizing product that will keep your hair moisturized. I personally have high porosity hair and I have to use 3 products to lock in moisture. But I have tweaked my regimen for summer. Instead of using a cream or butter. I have been using a hair milk (lighter product). Simple because of the heat I want to make sure my hair is able to breathe.

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:

See Also
10 Ways to Keep Your Hair Moisturized During Winter

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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