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Quick Morning and Night Routine for Prolonged Moisture Retention

(Last Updated On: December 9, 2017)


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Dry hair is a terrible affliction which is ravaging the coily/curly hair community. But, did you know that proper combination of effective techniques, tools and high quality products can rid your hair of this chronic affliction? To ensure that your hair stays moisturized many hours after applying products on it, all you need to do is to incorporate your hair care regimen into your daily beauty regimen. This means that you will need to allocate some time for your hair every morning when you get dressed and every evening when you come back home and when you prepare for bed at night. Not to worry though, these practices are so quick easy that you will soon find yourself doing it everyday without even thinking about it. So here are the things you need to do during different times of the day to ensure your hair remains smooth and moisturized for as long as possible.

Morning Routine

Rather than spritzing your hair in the morning, you can kill two birds with one stone by leaving your hair uncovered when you take your shower in the morning. This will allow some water from the shower to splash in your hair and the steam to work its way through your hair without the barrier of a shower cap.

Please note that this method works best on hair which is twisted, flat twisted, cornrowed or styled in any other form of protective style. This way, the hair doesn’t shrink up too much. You should also pin your hair up, so that the ends of the hair will not get soaked. You also want to make sure that your hair only gets slightly hydrated, not soaking wet.

If you happen to spend too much time in the shower, you can blot some excess water by wrapping a silk scarf around your hair to smooth and dry the hair.

Now that your hair is slightly hydrated, simply apply your favorite oil or butter to seal in moisture and style as you wish. For a smooth style, wrap a silk scarf around your hair for a few minutes

Evening Routine

When you come back home, rather than just “putting” your hair away, take some time to lightly spritz it with your favourite hair cocktail (water, leave-in conditioner and oil) and twist it away for the night, that’s if the hair was worn loose during the day.  You can then choose to leave your hair uncovered until bedtime or wrap it with a silk scarf to slow down moisture (water) evaporation.

Nightly Routine

If your hair is chronically dry, you might want to restrict moisture evaporation by doing the greenhouse effect (GHE). This is when you wear a plastic cap under your scarf or satin bonnet while you sleep so that heat and moisture is trapped in your hair overnight, thus, allowing the hair to “sweat” while you sleep. This method will give your hair a similar result an overnight deep conditioning treatment often gives.

If done properly and consistently for at least 3-4 weeks, your chronic dry hair should be revived and be on its way to soft and bouncy long hair.

Do you practice any of these routines? What other tips have you practiced to prolong moisture retention in your hair? Please share in the comment section below. Thanks


Friday 17th of June 2022

Thanks for this great info. Does this regimen work with braid extensions?


Tuesday 5th of July 2022

yes it does. thought i wouldn't recommend adding too much moisture to your braids, as it'll result in frizzy hair much quicker.

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