Moisturised afro hair — there is such a thing! One of the most common challenges with Afro hair is avoiding dryness and keeping hair moisturised. Lack of moisture often leads to breakage and can make styling a challenge. Here are 4 things you can do to stop dry hair from letting you be great!
1. Say no to 'moisturising' with oils and butters
For a product to be moisturising it must be water-based. Oils and butters do not have hydrating properties as they don't contain water. However, they can be used after a water-based moisturiser to seal in moisture. Using a water-based moisturiser like Sheen or Smooth followed by an oil or butter will make your hair happy.
2. Layer your products
Layering products is the most effective way to moisturise Afro hair. The LOC and LCO methods are most popular. Both are acronyms where:
L = liquid, O = oil and C = cream.
The order of the letters lets you know what order you should apply the products. Our Moisture Surge Set contains a product for each step Sheen (liquid), Seal (oil) and Smooth (cream).
Both methods are great to use in between washdays to moisturise your hair. Figure out which method works better for you by trying each one for a week and comparing results.
3. Tuck your ends away
Twist outs, braid outs, puffs — any hairstyle that involves hair being exposed will accelerate dry hair. You don't need to avoid these styles completely but if your hair is constantly dry then alternating with protective styles that keep the ends of your hair tucked away will help minimise dryness.
4. Sleep on satin
Do you go to sleep with moisturised hair and wake up with dry hair? It could be that your pillow is absorbing moisture from your hair. Bed sheets are usually made with cotton because cotton absorbs moisture when you sweat at night. The problem is, cotton also absorbs moisture from the hair, drying it out. Satin, on the other hand, minimises moisture loss from the hair keeping it in good condition overnight. Try sleeping with a satin-lined bonnet or on a satin pillowcase.
5. Drink more water
It's not only what you put onto your hair that makes a difference — what you put into your body is very important. 8 large glasses a day serves as a rough guideline to how much you should drink but how much water you actually need depends on your size and how active you are.