Moisture is the key to beautiful looking curls, if you ask me. But properly moisturizing naturally curly hair of any texture is often an obstacle for many curly girls. If you have fought in a battle against your dry locks it is not yet time to give up because with these easy steps you will win the fight! So take a note and follow these steps that will have you on your way to moisture, supple hair in no time.
1. Deep conditioning
The solution to quickly adding a dose of moisture to your strands? Deep conditioning. But what is deep conditioning? Use a deep condioner after your regular conditioner once a week. You could use your regular conditioner as deep conditioner, you can buy a deep conditioner or you use a DIY deep conditioner (which I prefer to do). Apply enough product to cover all of your hair, and put on a shower cap for 20-30 minutes. Let the stuff work its deep conditioning magic, and voila — healthy, beautiful, heart-melting hair.
2. Seal in the moisture
Now that your hair is fully moisturized it is important for the moisture to stay in your beautiful curls. You should seal in the moisture with a naturally occuring oil such a olive or coconut oil. You can do that with the oil alone and/or with a leave-in that has these oils listed in the first five ingredients. These oils help by creating a barrier at the cuticle, preventing the water from evaporating off of your strands at a fast rate.
3. Know your hairs porosity
Porosity refers to how open your cuticles are on your hair shaft. There are three categories of hair porosity:
- Low porosity – hair with low porosity has a tightly bound cuticle layer with overlapping scales that lay flat. This type of hair is usually considered healthy. Low porosity hair repels moisture when you try to wet it and is hard to process since it resists penetration of chemicals.
Low porosity hair requires moisturizers rich in emollients such as shea butter, jojoba oil, coconut oil and mineral oil.
- Medium porosity – Hair with medium porosity often requires the least amount of maintenance. The cuticle layer is looser, allowing just the right amount of moisture to enter while preventing too much from escaping.
Occasional deep conditioning can benefit medium porosity hair.
- High porosity – High porosity can be either an inherent property of hair or the result of damage from chemical processing, rough treatment or environmental damage. High porosity hair has gaps and holes in the cuticle, which let too much moisture into your hair and leave it prone to frizz and tangling in humid weather.
Because highly porous hair can also lose moisture easily, it’s important to use leave-in conditioners, moisturizers and sealers.