Raise your hand if you have natural hair. If you do have natural hair, you must have heard of the need to moisturize a thousand times. Moisturizing your hair goes a long way to contribute to the health of your hair. What are the essentials of moisturizing your hair? What do you need to do? What do you need? Let's explore this together.
Essential products needed
Let's back up a bit and dive into the basics of moisturizing. Essentially, moisturizing means getting the hair hydrated. This means first and foremost, the products you use to moisturize need to be hydrating. Whatever products you decide to use to moisturize, check if water is listed as part of at least the first 4-6 ingredients used.
Aloe Vera Hair Mist
Aloe vera naturally has a moisturizing effect and works magic on hair - whether relaxed or natural. People with natural hair need more moisture compared with those with relaxed hair. The Eya Naturals Aloe Vera Hair Mist which is water-based hydrates the hair and leaves it hydrated all day. If you have very dry hair, just carry it in your purse and spray on hair when it dries out.
Anti-Itch Hair and Scalp Spray
This oil-based hair mist does two things in one. First, the Anti-itch Hair and Scalp Spray hydrates the hair and secondly it reduces the effect of an itchy scalp. Although it can be used on afro, a lot more people use it when in protective styles such as twists and braids. Before using this, shake up the bottle for a few seconds, then spray unto hair and scalp and gently massage in hair.
Leave-in lotion primarily conditions the hair. For people with natural hair, your Leave-In Lotion ought to be water-based to better penetrate the hair and keep it moisturized. This lotion can be used on hair in its dry state especially if it is water-based. However, applying it on relatively damp hair helps the products to better penetrate the hair leaving it moisturized and healthier.
Shea Butter / Hair Butter
Shea Butter or any hair butter can be used to seal in the moisture. It is important not to use Shea Butter as a base product but rather a hydrating hair mist. Preferably go in for whipped shea butter which is lighter than the regular butter. This is to ensure that it doesn't just sit on the hair.
A lot of people use hair oil as moisturizer. Oil is a sealant. It seals in whatever is on the hair. If your hair is hydrated, it seals in the moisture. If it's dry, it seals in the dryness. It is advisable to first ensure that the hair is hydrated / moisturized using the hair mist, lotion and butter before sealing in the moisture with oil. Some hair oils that can be used include Castor Oil, Avocado Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Hair Growth Oil, and many others.
The ideal process of moisturizing
These steps serve as a guide whilst moisturizing
- Spray your hair mist into your hair making sure the hair is damp
- If you have medium to long hair, divide your hair into at least 4 sections
- Take a section, spray the hair mist again into that section and work through hair and scalp with your fingers
- Apply your leave in lotion and gently massage into hair
- Detangle gently with your hands or a wide tooth comb
- Apply your shea butter and massage into hair
- Apply your hair oil to seal in the moisture
- Go a step further to detangle your hair and put it in a chunky twist or braid
- Repeat this process for the rest of the sections and style as desired.
If you haven't been moisturizing the right way, this is your chance to make things right. For further hair consultation, please do not hesitate to contact Eya Naturals on +233 204 600 464 or +233 59 237 7008 @eyanaturals on Facebook and Instagram.
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