The NUMBER 1 reason why a lot of women are reluctant about going natural or are quick to cut their Natural hair journey short is mostly due to the “dry hair epidemic” in the Black hair community. No matter how many products we use on our hair, it seems like nothing can keep our kinky coily hair soft.
You might be thinking that your hair is against you and it enjoys frustrating you all the time. But if you actually sit down to think about what you’re doing to your hair, including those things that you’re not doing to it, you’ll soon find out that You are the one that’s actually against the health of your hair.
If you don’t understand what I mean, let me give you 6 Reasons why your hair always feels dry.
1. You’re using the wrong products!
No matter how expensive a product is or the long hours of research that you spent researching the product before buying it, if a product is not working for your hair, please be kind enough to pass it to someone else. Another thing that you can also do is to set aside any product that’s currently not working for your hair or that suddenly stopped working for your hair for at least 3 months. A change in season might influence the way your hair responds to a particular product. So instead of discontinuing a product because it didn’t work for your hair the first time around, it might be economical to try it again during the next season.
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2. You’re using way too many products!
Ever heard the phrase “less is more” or “too much of a good thing can be bad”?
I’ve seen naturals who will use a leave-in conditioner, styling cream, styling gel, and other product combination just to achieve a simple hairstyle such as a twist-out. Layering too many products on your hair will not only weigh your hair down, it will also cause a product buildup that can leave white residues in your hair. Also, applying too many products in your hair can leave it feeling greasy, sticky or even stinky. Another reason why using too many products is bad for the health of your hair is that it doesn’t allow your hair to absorb any moisturizing cream that you might decide to apply on your hair at a later day.
3. You’re not using enough products
I always giggle at product instructions that recommends using a pea-sized or dime sized amounts of their products in my hair. You see, Type 4 Natural hair is very coily and so products applied to the hair must be applied to small sections of the hair at a time so that the entire hair can receive equal amounts of nourishment. This means that a mere pea-size amount won’t do the job. To ensure that your hair stays moisturized for days, you want to ensure that you apply generous (but not too generous) amounts of products on your hair, starting from the tips and working your way down to the roots, just make sure that you work in a downward movement.
4. You don’t co-wash/re-fresh your hair when needed
If you feel like your hair isn’t taking in products like it should, it might mean that it’s time for a refresh. I often do co-washes in the middle of the week because it helps to remove excessive products that has been sitting on the hair for days. If you like to use different combination of products when you style your hair, it’s very important that you wash out those products when you start to experience dry hair. Co-washes are also a great way to refresh dry hair as they provide a temporary hydration for your hair. To save time co-washing your hair, you can put your hair into about 6 chunky twists before co-washing.
5. You leave your hair out loose
One of the reasons why protective styles work so well is because hair that is bounded up in sections can hold on to moisture much longer than hair that’s left free and loose. Moisture will evaporate much faster from an afro-puff than it will from a two-strand twist or a bun. With that said, the best ways to prolong moisture retention is to braid or twist your hair.
6. You’re Lazy.
If you’re a weave/ extensions person, you might be tempted to go weeks or months without refreshing your hair. The down side of Natural hair is that you can’t just “forget” about your hair and expect it to grow and be healthy on its own. Like other parts of your body, your hair also needs daily attention to keep looking its best. A simple hair hydration spritz consisting of water, oil and leave-in conditioner can save your hair from dryness and breakage. And all you have to do is to spritz your hair a few times week.
Let’s be honest with ourselves, keeping healthy natural hair takes time, effort and consistency. Therefore, if you’re the type that’s just too busy for your hair, then there’s nothing that I or anyone else can do to help your situation.
I’m curious to know how you’ve dealt with dry hair. Let me know in the comment section below