Moisturizing hair is as important as deep conditioning to any black one that wishes to have long hair. As washing and deep conditioning the hair day-after-day is sort of impractical, a hair moisturizer is required to avoid dryness until the following wash.
Relaxed and natural black hair tends to be quite porous so loses moisture quickly. The key to long beautiful locks is to maintain replacing the moisture lost. The easiest method to do this between washes is to make use of a great moisturizer.
First things first, let’s deal with a typical misconception about oil. Oil shouldn’t be a moisturizer! Oil lubricates the hair and ‘seals in’ any moisture you already have in the hair. If your hair is dry and brittle and you apply oil to it then you’re doing your hair more harm than good. The oil will coat the hair and prevent any further moisture from entering the hair which will result in breakage.
The perfect moisturizers should always be water based i.e. the primary ingredient must be water; water is the truth is the very best moisturizer! Good moisturizers also needs to contain humectants. These are ingredients which attract water from the atmosphere, glycerine being the preferred of these. Honey can also be an excellent humectant but more commonly used in conditioners and never moisturizers.
Always avoid moisturizers that contain mineral oil or another petroleum based product in the primary few ingredients. Mineral oil does nothing but coat the hair leaving it shiny but dry.
It’s possible you’ll find that the very best conditioners are the ones which are marketed to ‘wet type’ styles (jheri curl or wave nouveau) as they contain mainly water and glycerine. S curl is particularly good.
How to make use of hair moisturizers is just as important as getting the best product. In case you plan to blow dry or roller set your hair, after towel drying apply a dime sized amount of a water and glycerine based moisturizer before you apply the identical amount of heat protectant and comb through hair to evenly distribute. After the blow dry or roller set your hair will likely be left soft and silky to the touch and can remain like this throughout the day. For those who plan to flat iron it then only apply leave in conditioner and a silicone based heat protectant to the hair.
Moisturizers should then be applied daily or as needed. Only a dime sized amount is required for shoulder length hair. A touch more for longer hair. Always comb the moisturiser through the length of the hair with a wide tooth comb to make sure that every strand gets its share. You may apply a bit more to the ends if desired. There isn’t any benefit in loading your hair with moisturizer as hair is only about 10-14% water and all you are attempting to do is regain the moisture balance in your hair. You usually tend to ruin your style by leaving relaxed hair looking greasy or reverting natural hair altogether by applying an excessive amount of moisturizer! When you employ a moisturizer well, it should keep your hair from drying out without weighing the hair down or being sticky.
Oil free moisturizers are also good option. They contain silicones that help ‘seal’ the moisture into the hair but their first ingredient must also be water and hair must be washed every 3rd day to forestall build-up. Some good examples of natural oil that can be utilized to seal in moisture after a wash are coconut oil, avocado butter, mango butter or Shea butter. Remember that these are oils and can just lock in whatever moisture you have already got in your hair. It’s advisable to dampen the hair slightly before applying any hair oil to it.