If you’re constantly experiencing dry hair, you are not alone. Having dry hair is annoying and frustrating, and will eventually lead to damage and breakage if you leave it unrepaired. Now, you can easily repair it but you need to find out what is causing the dryness then you can embark on the repair journey.
Why you have dry hair
1. You are not moisturising your hair enough.
As I’ve always said, natural hair thrives and grows with moisture! If you do not moisturise your hair as effectively as you should, it will definitely start to feel dry and brittle.
Moisturise your hair at the least once a day; even if you have it in a protective style. And by moisturising, I don’t mean you should pack your hair full of hair creams or oils, no. I mean moisturise your hair with water, water is the best moisturiser you can use on your hair.
A spray bottle is a must-have natural hair tool. Get a spray bottle and fill it with water (you can choose to add a few drops of organic oils or even a leave-in conditioner, but water alone is adequate) spray your hair and scalp with this mixture daily.
2. You are not sealing your hair after moisturising.
Sealing your hair should be an essential part of your hair care regimen. This process is performed after you have moisturised your hair with water. To seal in the moisture in your hair, apply an organic oil all over your hair (especially your ends) immediately after you’ve moisturised with water.
When you seal your hair immediately after moisturising, the moisture will be trapped in your hair, thereby keeping your hair more moisturised for a longer time.
The best oils to use for this sealing process are coconut oil, Jamaican black castor oil, shea butter, olive oil, argan oil, etc. Always keep a bottle of one of these oils handy to seal your hair immediately after moisturising it.
3. Your hair is most likely damaged.
There are some things you are doing to your hair that you do not even know is causing damage to your hair. Some of these things are; using too much heat (such as blow drying or flat ironing) on your hair, colouring or bleaching your hair a lot, lack of essential protein treatments, combing your hair too often, etc.
What you should do is to stop the activities you feel is causing it and work on reversing the damage that’s already been done.
The process of repairing your damaged hair can be a long and difficult one; it will probably take weeks, months or even years, depending on the severity of the damage. But it can be done if you have the patience and dedication required.
If the damaged hair can’t be repaired, you might have to make the decision to drastically trim your hair or cut everything off, start afresh and treat it better this time around. Drastic, I know, but if your hair is so damaged that these tips can’t repair it, starting afresh might be your best option.
4. You are not deep conditioning your hair (enough).
It is important to give your hair a weekly deep conditioning treatment. This helps to retain moisture, achieve manageability and support growth.
A deep conditioner deeply penetrates your hair shaft. It then softens and condition your hair from within, reduces breakage, split ends and improves the overall health of your hair.
5. You wash your hair with hot water.
Washing natural hair with hot water is not advisable. When you wash your natural hair with hot water, the heat will raise your hair follicles and it will become difficult for your hair to retain moisture.
The hair follicles are supposed to be down and closed up to be able to retain moisture. So do not wash with hot water, wash with cool or slightly warm water instead.
6. Your shampoo or conditioner contains sulphate.
As a naturalista, you should never use hair products that contain sulphates, as they are very bad for our hair.
Sulphates are harsh and they strip your hair of moisture. Lack of moisture then leads to dryness and breakage.
Use sulfate-free hair conditioners and shampoos instead, they help to retain rather than strip off moisture from your hair.
7. You do not keep your hair protected while sleeping.
Cotton or wool materials will strip natural hair of moisture and as you know, most bedsheets and pillowcases are made of cotton. So you need to cover up your hair with a satin or silk bonnet or scarf before going to bed. Or use a satin or silk pillowcase.
Satin and silk materials help our hair to retain moisture as it does not dry out our hair like cotton does.
If you’re guilty if any of these, then that may be what is giving you dry hair all the time. Work on fixing these issues and you’ll have a soft and well moisturised healthy hair in no time.
Over to you.
Do you experience dry hair? What steps did you or are you taking to reverse this dry hair condition?
If you have any tips to add or you have any questions, let me know in the comment box below.