How to obtain and retain moisture in the hair





By Arica Hart, Master Stylist
updated 6-3-2017


How to Obtain and Retain Moisture in the Hair

Have you ever wondered why your hair was so dry & brittle? Nothing you try seems to work on it. You continually look in the mirror and wonder what you can do to help alleviate the dryness. Well, make sure you are getting your correct nutrition, because as I have said over and over again, "your hair needs the proper vitamins to look healthy". Here are some more steps below to see if it will help you get rid of dry hair.




1-  EXAMINE YOUR HAIR HABITS:
 Don't use a lot of heat, because it may dry the hair out, which could lead to not retaining your hair length. Test out different products to see what works best for your hair type. What dries one person hair out, might not dry yours out. 

2- CHECK THE INGREDIENTS OF YOUR HAIR CARE PRODUCTS:
  Try not to use a lot of products containing alcohol, unless they are fatty alcohols. CETYL ALCOHOL AND STEARYL ALCOHOL  ARE SOME EXAMPLES OF FATTY ALCOHOL. Fatty alcohol can do the opposite of other alcohols. It can condition the hair; meanwhile, giving the hair shaft a smooth & soft feel. It also helps the cuticle to lie flat; Therefore, look for the fatty alcohol in your product if there has to be some in there. As with anything, don't over use fatty alcohol either, because it can combine with natural sebum & make the hair look greasy. 



3-SHAMPOO INGREDIENT:
You want to use a ph balanced shampoo to prevent cuticle damage to the hair, and a sulfate free moisturizing shampoo to prevent dryness. Did you know sulfate is used in dish detergent? Black doctor.org states, "Use oil-based moisturizing shampoo to seal in water. This keeps your hair moisturized longer. Go for moisturizing shampoos that contains natural oils like jojoba, avocado, grape seed, tea tree oil, olive oil, coconut oil and emu oil. Don’t confuse natural oil with mineral oil. You should never use mineral oil-based shampoo as it causes residue build up and increase dryness and brittleness.  For products for dry black hair, look for emu oil or jojoba oil as primary active ingredients."

4- MOISTURIZE & LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER:
Moisturize your hair while the hair is still damp. Apply a leave in conditioner and comb it through the hair. Their are a variety of oils that are good for moisturizing; such as, coconut, jojoba & olive oil. Jojoba oil is a great ingredient,  since it is similar to the sebum produced by our scalp. It is known to be good for the hair & the skin. Sort of a 2 in 1 deal, I guess you would say. ( some people experiment with the different types of moisturizers to see which works best on their hair type)

5-DEEP CONDITION:
Deep conditioner are used to help alleviate dry hair. A plastic cap & heat is usually used for this process. ( if you feel your hair lacks moisture, ask for a deep conditioner on your next salon visit )

Now, I have given you some guidelines on keeping your hair from drying out. There are many products available to you. Just remember, there are products that work for some fabulous ladies & gentlemen, but may not work for another. THEREFORE, CHECK FOR THESE INGREDIENTS WHEN DOING YOUR HAIR CARE SHOPPING, & DECIPHER WHAT WORKS BEST FOR YOUR HAIR TYPE. Blessings to you all & have a day filled with beautiful, luscious hair. 

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