Achieving and maintaining moisture in natural hair can be a very challenging task. But, when you equip yourself with the right tools and knowledge it can become second nature.
Robin Groover, owner of Too Groovy Salon, shares great insight on how to keep your hair’s moisture in tip top shape:
1. “Moisture come from within.”
Moisture comes from inside the hair shaft. The only way to add moisture to our hair is to use moisturizing and hydrating products that penetrate the hair shaft.
How do you know if a shampoo, cream, or conditioner penetrates the hair shaft and is truly moisturizing?
Rub a small of amount of the product on your skin. If it penetrates your skin it will most definitely penetrate your hair shaft. However, if the product sits on the surface of your skin it will sit on the surface of your hair, and possibly, if not cleansed correctly, cause build up.
2. “Oils seal in moisture.”
The subject of oils as a moisturizer and a sealant have been heavily debated in the natural hair world. There are those that believe oils can provide moisture to the hair, as some have the ability to penetrate the hair shaft.
Robin, a veteran natural hair stylist, is concrete on the notion that applying a light oil to hair, after using a hydrating product, is an effective way to seal in moisture.
3. Clean hair is healthy hair.
Continuing to apply oils and creams, without cleansing the hair, will cause hair build up, dryness, and prevent your hair from retaining an adequate amount of moisture.
Sometimes, when product build up occurs, it is necessary to cleanse your hair with sulfates. However, make sure that within your hair care regimen you have a restoring shampoo and conditioner to bring your hair back to its proper moisture level.