While most people experience hair dryness after they dye their locks, some have naturally dry tresses that need special care. When your hair is dry, it breaks easily and it’s much harder to keep it looking fresh and healthy. So what can be done to moisturize your naturally dry hair? Let’s take a look.
How to Moisturize Dry Natural Hair
1. Increase Sebum Production
Sebum is the type of oil produced by our skin. If our scalp is healthy and our bodies get enough vitamins, the sebum is produced in the right amounts just enough for the hair to look healthy. Some people have overactive oil glands that create too much sebum. These men and women usually have oily hair. If the glands don’t do the job well enough, your hair will be dry.
Knowing all this, you must realize that sebum is the key to moisturizing your dry hair. All the shampoos, masks, and other hair care products will work only if you help your body produce more natural oil.
Here are a few ways you can stimulate your body to produce more sebum and help it make your hair more moisturized.
i) If you include Vitamin A into your diet, your body will start producing more sebum.
ii) Sometimes increasing the sebum effect is as easy as brushing your hair often enough to distribute it all over the length.
2. Add Natural Oils
While your body is working to produce more sebum, you can help your dry locks by adding natural oils to your hair care routine. You can either apply the oil on the roots and distribute it with a brush or add it to your shampoo and conditioner when washing your hair. You need to be careful about choosing the right oil amounts since overdoing the oil therapy might lead to greasy hair. Here are some oils that can safely moisturize your dry locks:
a) Coconut oil
This oil has a lot of Vitamin E which is easily absorbed by your hair. Using this oil will not only help moisturize your locks but will make the roots stronger. Extra virgin coconut oil shows the best results. Here is an easy way to use coconut oil for dry hair:
- Take a big scoop of oil and distribute it all over your hair.
- If your locks are long, make a high bun.
- Cover the hair with a shower cap.
- Leave it for 30 minutes.
- Wash your hair twice and apply conditioner.
- Repeat once a week.
b) Jojoba oil
This oil is more like liquefied wax. It contains vitamins A, D, and E which are perfect for dry hair. You can find this oil in various shampoos but the effectiveness is reduced. The best results can be reached if you use this oil separately. It repairs damaged hair and promotes healthy hair growth.
- Squeeze a few jojoba oil drops onto your fingers.
- Massage the oil into wet hair.
- Distribute it from the ends to the roots.
- Leave it for 30 minutes.
- Wash your hair as usual and apply conditioner (you can add a few drops of oil into the conditioner as well).
c) Avocado oil
Avocado oil contains plenty of proteins, amino acids, “healthy” fats, and vitamins A, B6, D, and E which are perfect for dry locks. The proteins help deal with damaged hair. The vitamins assist in preventing future breakouts and moisturizing your locks in the process.
- Wet your hair and put a towel on your shoulders (the oil can drip and ruin your clothes).
- Apply a few drops of avocado oil onto your fingers and gently massage the scalp.
- Go on to spreading the oil over your tresses.
- Put a shower cap on.
- Leave the oil on your hair for at least 2 hours. You can also leave it overnight.
- Wash your hair two or three times until the oily feeling is gone.
3. Avoiding Alcohol
Many hair care products contain alcohol that can dry your hair. Propyl and isopropyl alcohol evaporates quickly and leaves your hair dried out and frizzy. Next time you go to the store to get your favorite shampoo, make sure to read the label. You might be ruining your hair without even knowing it.
There are some types of alcohol that can be good for your hair. For example, fatty alcohols soften your locks to give them a smoother feeling. However, overusing fatty alcohol can lead to greasy hair. So if you are already applying masks and stimulating sebum production, you might want to avoid these alcohols as well.
Remember, dry hair is not a permanent problem. All you need to do is offer your locks a little help and you will enjoy strong, healthy, and shiny hair for years to come.