Having dry hair can be frustrating for Black women as it can lead to breakage. However, dryness is a very common problem for women with natural hair. That's because natural hair tends to have a tighter curl pattern that prevents natural oils from the scalp from quickly making their way down the hair shaft. Luckily, there are ways to help your hair restore its moisture content. While it won't happen overnight, you'll begin to notice how softer and easier to style your hair will be.
SPRITZ YOUR HAIR WITH WATER
You already know that your body needs water to thrive. Well, so does your hair! Water is great for moisturizing your hair. So try to spritz your hair with water daily and pay special attention to your ends, which tend to be the driest. It's important to keep in mind that water easily evaporates, so make sure you're sealing in the moisture with an oil or butter. Oh, and don't forget to drink plenty of water, too!
OIL YOUR SCALP
Healthy hair comes from a healthy scalp. If your scalp is dry, then your hair is likely dry as well. Oil your scalp with a natural oil like olive, coconut, or black castor oil. And remember, oil is not a moisturizer. It's a sealant. So be sure to lightly mist your scalp with water and use oil to seal.
REDUCE HEAT STYLING
Blow dryers, flat irons, curling irons, and hot combs can all contribute to dryness, especially if you're using them more than once a week. So if you're using heat tools daily, try to cut back by limiting heat styling to no more than once a week. You can also try alternatives to heat like wet sets, wraps, and air drying.
PROTECT YOUR HAIR AT NIGHT
For soft, supple hair, wear a satin or silk cap. You can also opt for a satin or silk pillowcase. These materials are a lot gentler on the hair than cotton pillowcases and scarves.