MANAGING DRY HAIR
Especially here in the tropics we suffer from dry hair and as a result frequent moisturizing is key.
Normally the scalp produces enough natural oil which travels all the way to the ends of the hair to moisturize it. The challenge with African or curly hair is that it is difficult for the oil to travel from the roots to the ends of the hair. As a result some of the strands of hair remain dry and brittle.
I often wonder why when I wash my hair and condition like crazy the conditioner seems to disappear. Even when I moisturize, after a while it feels like steel wool. Well that’s because Afro hair is quite porous by nature and as a result moisture passes through very easily; leaving the hair dry and brittle.
Here is my routine and recommendations:
Wet Hair: I either spray water in my hair or a mixture of coconut, olive and jojoba oil on my hair. I do this on a daily basis or as often as needed. Doing this before bed time or before styling is preferred. Ensure however that you air dry before going off to bed.
Water: I drink adequate amounts of water on a daily basis. Half my bodyweight in water (ounces) is preferrred
Treatment: Once a week I do a deep treatment to keep my hair soft and moist. You can up it to twice a week when the weather is extremely hot and you tend to lose a lot more moisture.
Washing: Avoid washing your hair too often. Once a month is sufficient for dry hair and will ensure that your hair is not stripped of its natural oils or moisture. Co-washing once a week is ok.
Products: Use the Right Products for your hair type and avoid toxic chemicals such as SLS, mineral oil, and petroleum based ingredients. So don’t believe the hype; not all hair is created equal. Our hair type is uniquely different which means we can’t use what everyone else is using. Our hair is naturally weaker and as such it is best to choose products that are specifically designed for your hair.
My regimen may not work for you but play around with a routine until you find somethingh that does work. Right now I try to deep condition at least once per week and I find that this is improving the look and feel of my hair immensely.