4 Things you should know before moisturizing natural hair
Dryness in natural hair is a common problem. We will discuss 4 things you should consider before moisturizing your hair to increase its ability to absorb and retain moisture.
Depending on your hair texture you should use oils or creams to seal in moisture. As a rule of thumb many people believe you should use creamy based moisturizers for denser, thick hair vs. finer, thin hair.
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Hair Type: Porosity
Porosity is your hair’s ability to absorb moisture. If your hair is high in porosity you will need products that close the hair cuticles in order to reduce the amount of water lost. Consider using aloe vera gel/juice or Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) rinse to balance the pH of your hair and scalp.
In contrast, people with low porosity should use products with a higher pH or that are more basic (alkaline) to open the hair cuticle. This way the hair can absorb moisture.
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Is your hair healthy? Healthy hair is more likely to respond well to moisturizers or any hair product for that matter. Monthly strengthening treatments with a protein based deep conditioner restore the integrity of the hair structure and improving its porosity.
Does your current hair regimen allow your hair to absorb moisture? There are some people that believe a clarifying step is not needed. This results in product for dirt, dead skin and products which limit your scalp and hair’s ability to absorb moisture.
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