The problem with black hair is that it is the driest of all the hair in the world! Our scalps make some oil – but the little it makes never ventures down the hair shaft – because there’s just too many twists and turns! Sealing our fate to inhabit the driest hair possible! So what hope is there for your hair – how can you keep moisture in your hair – how much water does black hair need? The answer is – a lot!
Moisture, Moisture, Moisture and more moisture!
Whether your hair is relaxed or natural – a lack of moisturisation will seal your fate. Basically you will inherit, dry scalp, breakage and shedding.
So how important is moisture and how much water do you really need between those strands!
Since water is the ultimate moisturiser, water-based products are best for really getting the greatest moisture benefit.
Moisture is basically water, not oil or any other substance. Our hair needs water to maintain its elasticity or its ability to stretch. Without it, our hair feels dry and produces a snappy kind of breakage. Since water is the ultimate moisturiser, water-based products are best for really getting the greatest moisture benefit.
Moisturisers are simply products that are water-based and nourish your hair deep within the strand. Products with moisturizing properties tend to be conditioners, leave-ins and other moisturizer sprays or creams
Good moisturizers will not contain petrolatum, mineral oil, or lanolin. Avoid products that claim moisturizing benefits and contain these ingredients. There is nothing moisturizing about them! Petrolatum and mineral oil are sealants that seal out the precious moisture our hair needs.
All throughout the day, our hair loses moisture to the outside environment. In order to keep our moisture in our hair, it’s a good idea to seal in the moisture with a heavier product. Oil.
Natural oils like jojoba, olive, carrot, and coconut oil work best. I have also experimented with burdock oil and papaya oil which are lovely on the hair.
Applying oil to the hair coats it and traps the moisture inside and the moisture that is outside, outside. If you use oils without a moisturizer (or before one) the oil will seal the moisture out of the hair strand and lead to a coated feel and eventual dryness. Fighting hair breakage and achieving moisturizing success is all in the order in which you apply your products.
Remember, if you apply an oil product to your hair before you have added a moisturising product, you have created a seal on your hair strand that water and moisture cannot penetrate.
So basically after you apply a spray moisturiser or cream moisturiser follow up with a oil of your choice. Re-apply a spray moisturiser every few hours – morning and night should be enough. Get a adequate supply of water into the scalp and hair and gently massage. Follow up with a wide spaced comb to the strands.
How much water does your hair get?