Spritz & Seal
Spritz & Seal is a great way to moisturize DAILY and prevent breakage. A moisturizing spritz that consist of water, aloe vera juice, and avocado oil will hydrate the driest of hair. Some of my readers, shout the praises of Argan Oil too.
But moisture can easily escape if not sealed in with a natural sealant. The best natural sealants are heavy oils (jojoba, castor, or almond) or thick butters, Shea Butter for example. Shea butter (here are 10 Place You Can Buy Shea Butter) is also rich in SPF which protects your hair from UV rays.
Try my simple whipped Shea Butter Recipe. You will find it here
Spritz & Seal is perfect for moisturizing protective styles like braids, Marley Twists, or Havana Twists. (If you love Box Braids (and we all do) you may want to check out these quick Do’s and Don’ts of Braids.)
Don’t Forget The Leave-In
After being exposed to the heat and sun, always replenish moisture in your hair by applying a hydrating leave-in treatment that softens, promotes manageability and shine, while busting frizz.
Giovanni Direct Leave-In Conditioner and Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea Leave-In Conditioner are both available at Wal-Mart. Also, be sure to do a deep conditioning treatment every two weeks or as needed to rejuvenate your locks.
SEE ALSO: 5 Best Moisturizing Deep Conditioners
Co-Wash In Between Shampoo Sessions
Sometimes your hair and scalp can’t wait until your next shampoo session to be fully saturated with water. For a mid-week re-hydrating session cowash your hair with your favorite conditioner and then style as normal. Your hair will love you for it.
For some people cowashing daily is even great for their hair. Once my hair got to a certain length this wasn’t the best option for me. But when it was shorter my hair and scalp LOVED it. You may find that your hair feels the same.
Now, it creates more shrinkage than I wanted and more work during my already busy week.
Check out this list of 10 Cowashing Conditioners You Should Know
Get Rid of Those Dead (Split) Ends
Split, damaged, dead ends will not retain moisture. Its just best to cut them. Get rid of those dead ends, girl!!!
Some signs that its time for a trim are pesky single strand knots, tangles, extremely dry & frizz ends, and your hair just doesn’t appear to be growing. This is the perfect time to cut them before that cause any more trouble.
If you’re unsure of what your trim schedule should be read this post on things that determine how often you should trim your ends.
Detox those locks!
If you’re using a lot of oil (oiling hair daily, regularly using heavy butters and oils e.g shea butter, castor oil, doing regular oil rinses/hot oil treatments etc), you may find that mild shampoos simply aren’t able to clean your hair, sufficiently.
You may find that without the occasional clarifying shampoo, you may develop build up issues or that your hair is dull. In some case, your hair may even be dry because water is unable to penetrate.
Naptural 85 saw many of these signs and decided after 3 years without it to go back to shampoo. You can see it here.
SEE ALSO: 5 Reasons To Clarify Your Natural Hair
Clarify After Swimming
After swimming in a pool or the ocean, be sure to wash your hair that same day with a clarifying shampoo such as SheaMoisture African Black Soap Deep Cleansing Shampoo (12 oz.; $9.99; Wagreens.com) to remove chlorine or salt, which can cause dryness and damage, leaving it brittle and fading color. Again a more gentle alternative, that’s also great for color treated hair is Ouidad Superfruit Clarifying Shampoo.
Shrinkage is not the enemy… Our hair has a natural tendency to tightly curl or coil which exhibits itself in shrinkage. I personally see about 50% shrinkages. Although my hair is mid-back length, it shrinks to about shoulder length. I wrote about my experience here.
Shrinkage isn’t all bad because its your hair’s way of protecting itself from losing moisture. Embrace it or if you want to minimize shrinkage use heatless methods of stretching hair like these hairstyles: 5 Hairstyles That Minimize Shrinkage
Products that Stand Up Against Humidity
I know a lot about humidity. I was born in Houston, TX. Can you say ‘hot and humid’?!
Humidity can cause your hair to swell in a matter of minutes. The best way to beat the poof and frizz that comes with humidity is to invest in great styling products that keep your hair hydrated, yet shield it from the moisture in the air.
Here are a few styling products that do that…
EDEN BodyWorks All Natural Coconut Shea Pudding Souffle
Design Essentials Natural HONEY CurlForming Custard with Honey & Chamomile
Earth’s Nectar Honey Curls
EDEN BodyWorks All Natural Coconut Shea Curl Defining Creme
Miss Jessie’s Original Curly Pudding
Jane Carter Twist and Shine
As I Am Twist Defining Cream