How To Keep Natural Hair Moisturized – It’s Possible, I Promise!

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Being that you are reading this post, you may be experiencing dry hair. This is a common problem for people with textured hair and I’ll tell you why. Textured hair requires much more love than straight hair. Since the shaft of textured hair is not straight, natural oils are unable to travel down the hair shaft effectively. This leads to dryness, ranging from mild (hair loses bounce, luster, and shine) to severe (the hair is crunchy and weak or breaking).

Luckily, with a bit of effort, some patience, and maybe some trial and error, we can control our hair’s moisture level and make dry, crunchy hair a thing of the past. In this post, I’ll share some tips on how to keep natural hair moisturized. Let’s get right into it!

Don’t Be Afraid To Get Your Hair Wet

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Some styles require you to avoid water at all costs (like stretched or straight styles), but if you are suffering with dry natural hair, you may want to skip these styles and wet your hair more often. Water is perhaps the most important factor in keeping your hair moisturized.
To keep the dryness away, you can mist your hair with water from a spray bottle every so often- daily if necessary. If you want to take it a step further, after misting, you can seal in the moisture with an oil of your choice. Some good oils for sealing in moisture include grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, and Jamaican black castor oil.

Cover It Up

In addition to the fact that our natural oils can’t travel down our textured hair effectively, hair loses moisture when it’s exposed to the elements. When you are out in the sun and heat, or you have to be out in the cold or wind, you can help keep moisture in your hair by simply covering up your hair. A hat can be a simple fix in this case.

Never mind the weather – your hair isn’t even safe when you lay your head down on that seemingly harmless pillowcase. Sleeping on cotton pillowcases and/or under covers at night can be a direct cause of dry hair. If our hair is unprotected at night, when we toss and turn, oils are simply rubbed off and any moisture that was present in our hair could be lost, leading to desert hair.

Dry ground moisturize hair

A silk scarf or bonnet can help to preserve our hair’s moisture during the night. I wear a silk scarf or bonnet as much as I can so that I can preserve my hair’s moisture.

Use A Daily Moisturizer

Just like a daily spritz of water can help ward off hair dryness, a daily moisturizer can do the same.

When choosing a daily moisturizer, it is important to ensure that water is one of the first ingredients listed on the packaging of the product. Water-based moisturizers have been found to be more moisturizing than any other moisturizers.

Try The LOC Method

The LOC Method is a method used by people looking to add lasting moisture to their hair.

The L stands for Liquid, the O stands for Oil, and the C stands for Cream.

So in order to do the LOC method, you’d need to first get your hair wet. You could use water or your favorite leave-in conditioner to wet your hair. Next, you add your oil – any oil that you want. Follow up with a product that is a cream. Shea Moisture’s Curl Enhancing Smoothie is my go-to product to use as my cream. This final step simply seals that moisture in.

Some people like to do a modified version of the LOC Method. They prefer the LCO method, where the cream is applied before the oil. I prefer the traditional LOC method as it gives me the most moisture, but trying both is the only way to know which version will work best for your hair.

Get Into A Deep Conditioning Routine, And Stick With It

Deep condition hair

I am not a fan of the physical act of deep conditioning, because I live a very busy life. However, my hair has thanked me for deep conditioning on a semi-normal basis. Before I started deep conditioning, I was dealing with severe dryness, and along with this dryness came hair weakness and breakage. After I started deep conditioning several years ago, my hair only gets severely dry if I don’t deep condition for an extended amount of time.

Deep conditioning is what made the most noticeable difference for me when it comes to keeping dryness at bay. Therefore, I am a firm believer that deep conditioning on a regular basis can help immensely with dry hair.

I don’t do anything special when I deep-condition my hair. When I’m in the shower, I simply smooth the deep conditioner onto my
hair and use my fingers to spread the product through my strands. After the product is distributed evenly throughout my hair, I wait 5 to 15 minutes and then rinse my hair. It feels as smooth as butter when I’m done.

Dry Hair No More

I hope that these tips are helpful to you. I have tried all of these things at one time or another and they have all helped me to get and maintain moisture in my hair. The final thing that I want you to get from this post is that it is wise to listen to your hair. If your hair is hard and crunchy, or heavy and limp, it is speaking to you. With time, you will get to know your hair like the back of your hand, and you will know exactly what to do to get your hair back to a healthy state.

Try some, or all, of these tips and see if they work for your hair.

If you have any concerns or questions about this topic, please leave them below in the comment section. Also, if you need help with a more personal hair issue, you can contact me directly via the Contact Us page. I’d be happy to help!

Happy Journey!

10 Responses

  1. Mandy says:

    I am so glad I found this post! My hair is a weird in between. It gets very oily at the roots, but given that it’s textured and wavy, it gets very dry and brittle towards the ends. I never thought of that being due to the fact that the oil can’t travel as well down the shaft. That is so interesting.

    It seems so simple that in order to hydrate your hair, you should use water, haha who would have thought! But it totally makes sense and I am so guilty for always keeping it dry or exposed to the elements.

    I had never heard of the LOC method but I am excited to try it. I need a good conditoiner first though. Are there any you would recomment for fine hair?


    • admin says:

      Hi Mandy, Thank you for reading! My favorite conditioners and deep conditioners tend to be from the Shea Moisture brand, which you can find online or in-store at Target, Ulta, and many other beauty supply stores! Look for conditioners that are targeted towards adding moisture-you will find the word moisture on the labeling. I have not used a Shea Moisture conditioner that didn?t make my hair feel amazing. Wishing you the best with your hair! Let me know if you have any more questions!

  2. Jessica says:

    Do you have any suggestions on where to find a good sleeping bonnet? My hair is always in much better shape when I wear one, but they drive me nuts and never seem to stay on my head all night. I’d love to find one that stays put without being too uncomfortable. Thanks for any suggestions you can give!

  3. Jen says:

    This is so great! I struggle so much with my hair. I have naturally curly hair but never know what to do with it or how to take care of it so I just leave it in a pony tail. I think the LOC method could work for me, I need to do something because my hair is just a mess. So this info is great. Is there anything you can recommend for my hair to become thicker. It’s so thin when it’s wet but when it’s dry it puffs up more but I don’t know how to make my curls look thicker. Thanks so much for sharing this.

    • admin says:

      Hi Jen,
      Thanks a lot for reading my latest post! If you are using tools for detangling your hair, I encourage you to try putting them down. I am not nuts, I assure you. lol Combs and brushes pull out much more hair than the best natural detangler that we have, our fingers. I have been finger detangling my hair for years, and I have noticed that my hair is visibly thicker. when I am in the shower and washing my hair, I run water through my hair and then I add a generous amount of conditioner to my hair. I run my fingers through my hair repeatedly to get the knots out. Rinse and you’re done! I detangle my hair once per week (or more often if my hair needs to be washed more often).

      If you are looking for a product that will give you quick volume and the look of thickness, get a hair pick like this one:
      You can pick out your hair starting at the roots and moving towards the ends (but not all the way to the ends) and it will give you a much fuller look for styles like wash n gos or twist outs.

  4. Jo-Ann says:

    Great suggestions! The struggle is real with natural curly hair.

  5. sEvenbites says:

    When I originally commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and
    now each time a comment is added I get three e-mails with the same comment.
    Is there any way you can remove people from that service?
    Thank you!

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