One common issue for people with thick, coarse hair is dryness. There are many different causes behind dry hair, but one of the most common is simply a low porosity level. Basically, hair with low porosity has trouble retaining moisture due to its tightly shut cuticles. A little warm water and steam can help open them up, but it’s not ideal to wash your curls every single day. Soft, hydrated hair doesn’t have to expire a day after washing. Modifying each step of your hair routine may do the trick! Read on to discover how to moisturize dry hair and for three regimens that will revive dry strands to keep them moisturized 24/7.
How to Moisturize Dry Hair When Washing It
If your hair is feeling a bit parched, give it a fresh restart with a hydrating wash.
- Pre-poo. Yes, shampoo will leave your hair and scalp squeaky clean, but it can also leave your hair and scalp super dry. Protect your natural oils by pre-pooing with coconut oil, olive oil, or even coconut milk. Simply apply your pre-poo to your hair and leave it on for at least 30 minutes before washing.
- Use a hydrating, sulfate-free cleanser. Use a cleanser that will not only nourish your scalp and strands, but also help retain moisture. Shea Moisture’s Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo does wonders. You can also opt for a homemade cleanser.
How to Condition Dry Hair
Moisturized hair can also start with better conditioning habits.
- Lay it on thick. Whether it’s just a co-wash or a post-shampoo conditioner, lay the conditioner on thick. It’s best to use an inexpensive conditioner for this step. Saturate your hair with a moisturizing conditioner and comb through with your fingers or a wide-tooth comb. Rinse under warm water and witness softer, more defined curls.
- Deep condition with the natural stuff. If you’re using a deep conditioner for dry, frizzy, and/or damaged hair, stick with the natural stuff. There are endless recipes for DIY deep conditioners, but here’s one that I swear by:
Banana-Coconut Deep Conditioning Smoothie for Dry Hair
- 1 very ripe banana
- 1 can of coconut milk
- 2 tablespoons of aloe vera juice
- 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- 1 tablespoon of shea butter
- Blend in a food processor or blender
- Strain to get a smooth consistency
- Apply to hair
- Leave in for 30-45 minutes
- Rinse thoroughly under warm water.
How to Style Dry Hair to Moisturize It
If it’s not yet wash day and your hair is already feeling brittle, try a different kind of styling method.
- Try a hair mist. When it comes to dryness, water is the answer every single time. You can simply spray water into your hair or spray on a hair mist (DIY or shelf stuff). Use your fingertips to massage the moisture into your scalp and onto your strands.
- Leave-in conditioner should be your everyday hair product, especially if you’re dealing with dry, brittle strands. I recommend Cantu’s Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream.
- Oil it up. Lightly coat your hair with nourishing oils like coconut oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, or almond oil.
- Moisturize. Layer the oil with your favorite curl cream. This will help your curl pattern stay in shape, frizz-free, all while making your strands feel supple.
- Seal from root to tip. So often we forget about our roots and our ends. Applying a sealant oil like castor oil keeps your scalp healthy, traps in the luscious moisturizers you already applied to your hair, and will keep your ends strong.
Other Things to Consider
- Dry your hair with a T-shirt. Towels will overdry your hair and leave it frizzy. T-shirts will take out just enough moisture without leaving you dry.
- Sleep on satin pillowcases or wear a satin scarf. Satin will change your hair life! Cotton pillowcases will absorb all of your moisture and cause friction on your strands. Achieve 24/7 moisture by sleeping on satin or silk pillowcase.
- Drink a lot of water. Drinking 8-10 glasses of water a day is essential for a soft texture and hair growth.