The Best Moisture Routine for Natural Hair
A few weeks ago I did a little survey on my Instagram story, and asked for you all’s feedback on a few topics. One of the questions I asked was, “What are your biggest beauty concerns as it relates to hair and makeup?” There was an overwhelming response about having issues with keeping your natural hair moisturized, so I wanted to go ahead and cover this topic for you guys!
I know how frustrating it can be to not have your hair as healthy as you want it, and have no clue on how to fix it. But after today, I know you’ll feel way more prepared to create a moisture routine that works best for you. Your curls will love you for it!
To help point you in the right direction, I’m going to cover moisture level needs for the different hair types, common myths regarding moisturizing natural hair and best practices for maximum moisture retention.
Now, we all know when it comes to natural hair, there’s no one size fits all. There’s so many layers to it (no pun intended) and understandably, it can get a little overwhelming. But I’m going to try to keep things as simple as possible, in efforts to make things a little easier to understand. To start off, one important thing to consider when addressing moisture needs is hair type.
Take a look at the chart I’ve included. From the chart you can that there’s three main hair types recognized in the natural hair community: 2, 3 & 4. And then those main hair types are broken down into sub-categories: a, b & c. The numbers keep things a little broad, and when you start adding in the letters, it starts to make things a little more specific..mostly as it relates to the way in which the hair curls and it’s characteristics,etc. Just remember the following:
Type 2: Wavy
Type 3: Curly
Type 4: Coily
Type 2 hair tends to be more fine and silky in texture. Someone with this hair type would want to use products that say things like, “weightless” or “light-weight.” When it comes to styling products, foams and gels work best. Also, light oils such as rose oil & almond oil will help add moisture without weighing the strands down.
Type 3 curls are a little more defined. If you’re on the lower end of the type 3 spectrum (3a), then you still want to lean towards the light-weight products. If you’re on the higher end (3c), then you can start using the heavier styling products like creams and butters. If your hair type is 3b, you should be fine with the smoothie and milk type styling products. Coconut and olive oils are great for this texture!
Type 4 curls require the most moisture out of all the hair types, simply because the structure of the strands make it more prone to damage. So handling the hair with care, and keeping it moisturized with butters, creams and oils such as, castor oil and jojoba oil, will keep the strands strong.
Now that we know what kind of products to stick to for the best moisture results, let’s debunk some moisture myths!
There’s a few misconceptions when it comes to moisturizing natural hair, and I can’t have my girls out here being misinformed. So, I came up with a list revealing three of the most common myths as it relates to moisturizing natural hair. I’m gonna breakdown moisture retention practices I swear by, disputing these myths, that you can start implementing, today!
Myth 1: All you need to moisturize your hair is oil.
Nah sis, you most definitely need to add some water first! That’s the best, natural moisturizer. THEN, you can add on the oil that best suits you hair type, to seal that moisture in!
Myth 2: Shampoo will dry your hair out. Only use a co-wash!
Not necessarily. Be sure to stick to the sulfate and paraben-free shampoos. There are tons of moisturizing ones on the market that will get your hair clean without stripping it the way a sulfate containing one would.
A co-wash is good though, for in between wash days. So maybe if you work out during the week, or something comes up to where you have to wash your hair before your usual wash day, co-washing is a good choice!
Also, add a clarifying shampoo to your regimen, because it can help get rid of product buildup….which could be another reason why your hair isn’t staying moisturized. The more product that’s built up on the hair, the less likely moisture will be able to penetrate the hair cuticles. My suggestion would be to use a clarifying shampoo at least once a month!
Myth 3: You HAVE to moisturize your hair every single day.
False! You could actually do more harm than good with this, because over-moisturizing is a real thing. Find a routine that works best for you, but I think oiling your scalp and the like 2-3 times a week should suffice.
Once I got a moisture routine down that worked best for my hair needs and found products that my hair loved, my curls flourished!
Because I want this to be your same experience, I created a freebie explaining my personal routine for optimal moisture retention. It also includes a product suggestion list that I curated for each specific hair type. Just click the button below to snag your copy, now!
Hopefully this post was enlightening and gave you all a new found confidence in your ability to own your natural hair journey! It’s all a learning process, so don’t stress out too much.
If you have more questions or concerns, leave me a comment below and I’ll be more than happy to help you out.
Until next time, friends!