Daily Moisture

In the Washing Natural Hair post, I mentioned how I wet or add moisture to my natural hair daily.  I received some questions as to how.  Here’s a more detailed description. These are some healthy hair practices I’m utilizing for “My Grow Out Challenge“. Also, check out Building a Moisturizing Regimen.

  • Shampoo or clean hair and scalp at least once a week.  Sulfate-free shampoo is best for natural hair.  But I don’t recommend shampooing daily.
  • Rinse hair every two to three days.  A rinse is exactly what it sounds like.  Just running water over hair.  This can be done daily.
  • Steam curls by allowing steam from a warm shower infusing your hair.  Simply jump in the shower with uncovered hair or stand in a steam filled room.  You’re not running water over your hair, that would be a rinse vs. a steam.
  • Mist hair and scalp.  Read more here.

Moisturizing Without Frizz

I know your next question is ” How Do I Keep My Hair From Getting Frizz When I Moisturize?”

  • Moisturize your hair at night before bed.  To refresh a twist out or similar style moisturize your hair and then re-twist hair.  Let set and dry over night.
  • Apply Moisturizers directly to scalp.
  • Once water and moisturize is applied let dry before touching. This minimizes frizz.

The combination of these hair care practices can be used to moisturize your natural hair daily. If you are protective styling or wearing a set style such as a twist out modify these tips.  Consider using a spray bottle or adequately moisturizing prior to styling.   Make sure to seal the moisture in with natural oils or butters (cocoa or shea) ; apply one or more of these products from root to tip and then style as desired.  You can purchase many of these items here.  Your hair will be softer and you will see healthier curls.

How do you moisturize your hair?

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  2. Hi… I have a hooded steamer and i was wondering if i can steam my hair daily? My hair is SUPER DUPER DRY it breaks my heart :(

    • Yes, you can. Steam daily until you notice that your hair is retaining moisture and not breaking anymore. Then you may want to go back to a weekly or bi-weekly schedule.

    • legadema37 says:

      @ Com4rt I have a steamer,too, that I use every 2 weeks or every week if need to. Just used it today . For super dry hair try this : Get some HotSixOil & apply it to your hair after shampooing then steam it til steamer shuts off. If it feels too greasy , co wash with a little rinse out condish (I use Tresemme naturals moisturizing condish) to get out excess oil. Then seal with whatever suits your hair. I use Blue Magic Bergamot grease…. YES ,GREASE !! It worked when my mamma..and everyone else’s mamma.. used it decades ago & we kids had long healthy hair . So why not NOW ?It’s a wonderful sealant,protects the ends of my fine hair & keeps it soft, reduces breakage to a minimum, & keeps it well moisturized. I just use it on my hair not the scalp

  3. What if your natural breaks at the ends i started oiling the ends at night of my strands And when i wash its coming out

  4. How do you determine what number your hair is? i.e. 3 – 4b

  5. I use aloe vera juice in my spritzes & in my leave in. That has helped me retain moisture & control some of the frizzies by closing the cuticle. Its one of my HGs.



  6. Loireta Johnson says:

    I’ve been reading your suggestions for adding moisture to the hair (which I need ,I’m a 4b w/ very dry hair) my concern is with these methods would that give me a problem with shrinkage along with dryness which is already a challenge for me especially after sleeping the night before…I know I need the water but I’m always thinking about it

  7. This is a great article.I just wanted to add- Be careful with moisturizing because it is possible to overmoisturize. It happened to me. You just have to balance moisture with protein because it you over do it, your hair will be mushy, stringy, and break easily when combed.

    • Hello, I know what you mean by overmoisturize. My hair tends to feel greasy, but it’s weird, soetimes it feels greasy and dry. Anyway, how do you balance with protein? I haven’t heard of that before, and what kind of products. I’m a 4b hair.

  8. This was good advice. I usually mist my hair with water and vegetable glycerin then add conditioner or a natural skin cream to my hair. It works great. Mid-week my hair doesn’t smell great (I work out) and I have started rinsing it. I haven’t tried the steam though :)

  9. what if your hair has color?

    • naturalhairrules says:

      Everyones hair is different. I would give it a try but really pay attention to how your hair response. If it’s softer & more manageable it’s working

  10. Tamara Smith says:

    Hi…. I have locs and I’ve been. Growing them for almost 5 yrs. (Will be 5 yrs. This coming June) I use dr.bonner castile soap and I dilute it with water and herbal oils. And everyother month I do a ACV rinse…. since I have been doing this,my locs have been soooo soft.. my question is HOW OFTEN SHOULD I WASH MY LOCS? AND SOME OF THE ONES ON THE SIDES AND A FEW IN THE BACK ARE THINNING…. WHY IS THIS HAPPENING?

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