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How Should You Moisturize Natural Hair For Best Results?

Written by Alexa Adler
How Should You Moisturize Natural Hair For Best Results?

Moisture is a curl's best friend. When dryness creeps in, it causes frizzy, tangled hair – an unpleasant occurrence for anyone with natural hair. Moisture is essential for keeping curls defined, bouncy, and tangle-free, but how should you moisturize your tresses for the best results? Keep scrolling to find out.

What Is Hair Moisturizer?

Hair moisturizer (or conditioner) is to curls, as a lotion is to skin. Natural hair care products lock moisture into the curls, leaving the hair soft and frizz-free. 

Hair moisturizers come in many forms, such as serums, creams, lotions, butter, and leave-in conditioners. Choosing the right product with the best ingredients for your hair can be overwhelming, but is crucial if you want to achieve bouncy, healthy-looking hair.

What Are The Best Ingredients To Moisturize Your Hair?

Moisture-attracting ingredients such as colloidal oatmeal, panthenol, and glycerine penetrate the hair’s cuticle, adding moisture to dry hair. Sealants, such as jojoba oil and castor oil, seal and smooth the cuticle to retain that moisture. 

When used together, these ingredients work to moisturize and seal the hair’s cuticle and are two primary components that make up moisturizing hair care products.

How To Moisturize Your Natural Hair

Curly hair types, such as 2, 3a, 3b, 3c, and 4a, 4b, and 4c hair, are best maintained when you incorporate moisturization throughout every step of your hair care routine, beginning the moment you step into the shower.

Hydrating shampoos and conditioners, like those included in The “Gotta Get” Set, consist of coconut oil, aloe vera, and colloidal oatmeal, to help deeply nourish natural hair. These can be incorporated into your routine with some additional steps to quench your curly hair.

Practice a Pre-Poo

Prep your hair for shampooing with a pre-poo treatment. This pre-shampoo treatment adds a moisture layer over your strands before shampooing to protect the hair and add extra hydration. 

Pre-poo ensures the shampooing process doesn’t strip your hair. An acceptable pre-poo treatment is a deep conditioner, hair oil, or hair mask. If you choose to use an oil, make sure it is a penetrating oil, such as babassu, argan, or grapeseed oil.

Choose The Right Shampoo

Choose the right shampoo for your hair to ensure it maintains moisture. Sulfate-free shampoos with coconut oil are ideal for curly hair types. These shampoo types help combat dryness by moisturizing the hair strand while cleansing with ingredients that don’t strip your hair of its natural oils.

Natural ingredients in hair care also help hydrate your strands. Coconut oil, aloe vera, sugar kelp, and grapeseed oil can be very beneficial for your hair and scalp as part of a science-backed formula.

Apply a Deep Conditioner

Apply a deep conditioner at least once a week to help restore dry, damaged strands. Hair masks and deep conditioners penetrate the hair cuticles and make hair less prone to breakage and split ends. 

Leave-in conditioners applied after every shampoo also encourage increased hydration of the hair.

Use The L.O.C. Method

The L.O.C method includes three steps to incorporate and loc(k) in moisture in the hair. 

The “L” represents liquid, and this liquid is the remaining water in your hair post-shampoo or a leave-in conditioner. “O” stands for oil to seal the moisture inside, and “C” is styling cream. 

After shampooing, towel-dry your hair and apply a leave-in conditioner. Next, apply the hair oil, then use styling cream. Each layer locks moisture in, ensuring well-hydrated strands.

The twists and bends of the curls make it difficult for the natural oils (sebum) in your scalp to travel down the length of your strands.

Steam Your Hair

Steaming your hair works in two ways to moisturize your hair. First, the heat from the steam opens up the hair cuticle, allowing the water to penetrate the strands. 

After a few minutes exposed to the warm steam, apply a deep conditioner to your hair to intensify the moisturizing effect. 

If you don't have access to a steamer, use a plastic cap. Apply the deep conditioner, place your hair inside the plastic cap, and wrap a towel around your head, sealing the cap and your hair underneath. The heat from your scalp becomes trapped inside the plastic cap, causing a steam-like effect. 

People with low-porosity hair highly benefit from this moisturizing method.

Drink Water

People with textured, tight curls typically have dry hair. The twists and bends of the curls make it difficult for the natural oils (sebum) in your scalp to travel down the length of your strands.

This lack of oil causes the hair to be dryer than straight or wavy hair. Hydrate your hair and scalp from the inside out by making sure you are drinking adequate amounts of water. 

Water keeps your body functioning correctly, encouraging hair growth and healthy skin and scalp. 

Oil Your Scalp

We don’t recommend adding oil to an already oily scalp. However, if your scalp is dry, applying a professionally formulated scalp care oil may do you good. Just don’t apply too much, as this can result in overly greasy hair and clogged hair follicles, discouraging hair growth.

Make a Hot Oil Treatment

Soften, strengthen, and pamper your tresses with a nourishing hot oil treatment. A hot oil treatment smooths hair texture, adds shine, and deeply moisturizes your hair. 

Oils like grapeseed oil, olive oil, castor oil, and avocado oil, make a fantastic hot oil hair treatment,

Don’t Over-Style

Over-styling and touching your hair too much can cause breakage and damage. Switch hairstyles between low and high maintenance and limit styling products, blow dryers, and flat irons where possible. Allowing your hair to air dry is key.

Sleep With a Bonnet

Cotton pillowcases may cause damage and split ends to your delicate hair by stripping it of its moisture. Opt instead for a satin bonnet, silk pillowcase, or silk scarf. These head coverings protect your hair, preventing snags, split ends, and friction between your hair and the pillow.

Moisturize Before You Swim

Create a moisturizing waterproof barrier on your hair before taking a dip in the swimming pool. Chlorine dries your tresses and causes breakage, depending on your hair type, it may be helpful to apply a deep moisturizing mask to your hair beforehand. 

Keeping your hair’s cuticle hydrated and sealed helps prevent this damage from occurring.

Monitor Your Mane

Know your hair needs by recognizing your hair type, texture, and porosity (the ability of your hair to absorb and maintain moisture) Your hair either has high porosity, meaning it absorbs moisture quickly, or it has low porosity. 

Does your hair take a long time to dry? If so, this means that your hair may have low porosity and does not readily absorb moisture. When your hair needs moisture, it becomes unmanageable, frizzy, and tangled.

You can test your hair porosity with a glass of water and a strand of hair. Simply drop your hair into the water and see if it floats or sinks. If your hair floats, your hair has low porosity. If it sinks your hair has high porosity. 

Bottom Line

At Jupiter, we know that moisturizing dry hair is crucial for preventing frizz, tangles, and breakage, and helps keep your locks manageable. There are many methods you can use to keep your hair healthy and hydrated, and when it comes to choosing products for it, select those that nourish your strands. Check out the “Gotta Get” Set for our one-two punch of products formulated with ingredients such as coconut oil, aloe vera, and sugar kelp extract, that do exactly that. 

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The information contained in this article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice, nor is it a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician with any questions you may have about the information contained herein, as well as the risks or benefits of any treatment.