One of the main complains of a lot of naturalistas is that their hair is dry. For folks with low porosity hair, this is normal. However, certain practices exarcebate the dryness. This week, we highlight some hair practices which leave our hair dry and what we can do to retain moisture.
Don't ignore your hair
The twists, wig cap cornrows, braids, etc are great protective styles but what exactly are you protecting if you ignore your hair whilst in these styles? Instead of forgetting about your hair, make an effort to moisturize daily. Just spray unto hair your Aloe Vera Hair Mist or Anti Itch Hair and Scalp Spray and you're good to go. You can also add to hair a moisturizing Leave in lotion and Shea Butter or Hair Oil to seal in the moisture. You have options. Choose what works for you.
Treat your hair
Be honest, when was the last time you treated your hair? If you have to think about it, it's actually been a while then. If your hair is constantly dry, you definitely need to include deep conditioning treatment in your regimen. This means, every time you wash your hair (weekly or bi-weekly) you need to get a Deep Conditioning Treatment done. It helps restore moisture to your hair.
Do you just apply oil to your hair and term it as moisturizing? That's not moisturizing, that's just oiling your hair. To properly moisturize your hair, there should be an element of moisture ie something hydrating or in simple terms water. The LOC or LCO methods are great ways of moisturizing and retaining moisture for healthy hair. Some oils such as coconut and olive oils are emolients and great for moisturizing.
If you've dyed your hair or chemically treated it, you'll experience dry hair. This can be easily dealt with by constantly moisturizing and deep conditioning your hair. Dyed or chemically altered hair requires a lot of moisture in order to thrive.
Use of heat constantly
Blow drying with full heat, use of straighteners and curlers, constant silk press, etc. You're setting yourself up for dry hair. Slow down on these and do them occasionally. Not only are you likely to dry up your hair but you could change your hair pattern and elasticity as well.
Swimming in chlorinated water
If you're fond of swimming, please protect your hair. The chlorine in the pool dries up the hair quickly. Washing your hair with salty water (especially if you live along the coast) also dries up hair a lot. Your best bet, change your water source and/or moisturize your hair religiously.
If after moisturizing the right way, your hair keeps getting dry, it might be time to start treating your hair before things get out of hand. 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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