Moisture In Haircare Is Not As Important As You Think It Is!

moisture vs protective styling

Why low manipulation beats moisture hands down every time.

You’ve tweaked your regimen to within an inch of it’s life. You moisturize daily without fail and sleep with a satin bonnet on top of a silk pillowcase (can’t be too careful!). You avoid heat like the plagaue and yet 6 months go by and you have nothing to show for it. Your hair looks about the same length maybe gained a quarter of an inch? Before you scream to the heavens, cue dramatic music, ‘WHYYYYYY?”, its time to look at how you prioritize your regimen.

We all know ‘black hair is dry which is why it breaks easily’ right? True but it’s more accurate to say that ‘black hair is dry which is why it breaks easily when manipulated!’ You could have the highest moisture content in your strands of all other woman in your state but if you are manipulating your hair excessively, then you’ve got a breakage problem. A good regimen is one that strives to reduce manipulation rather than just to increase moisture.

I’ve mentioned in a previous article about keeping things simple in your regimen, I gave an example of a lady who was hardly retaining length even though her regimen made sure she was getting a great moisture protein balance. She was however doing mini twists every few months, braids or twist outs where she would redo them 1-2 times in the week and numerous other hairstyles. She had the deadly ‘hands-in-your-hair syndrome’.

Whether you are natural or relaxed we all suffer a bit from the aforementioned syndrome, it’s universal and probably understandable if you have just discovered how freeing and satisfying a self-made hair regimen can be. The dark side of that is excess manipulation. I see this so often: After a wash and deep condition, you flat iron or roller-set your hair straight. You then use a comb and a brush to wrap it up for the night and comb it down the next morning. You moisturize then repeat the process daily for the rest of the week.

Sounds ok in principle right? How many times do I hear from women who claim that they don’t even get that much breakage but somehow their hair isn’t growing. Well I dare you to stand over a sink while you do your daily grooming. Go on really, I dare you!

About Alma


I’m Alma Ruddock, the founder and editor-in-chief of Blackhairinformation.com.I stumbled on a hair care forum back in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair, and quite possibly my life, forever! I immediately started to transition to natural hair and started BlackHairInformation.com as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to help others achieve their dreams too.My three passions are hair, art and entrepreneurship and I love to be able to bring my unique view on hair growth and successful hair journeys to our readers. I am an eternal optimist and workaholic. In addition to BHI I have founded quite a few other websites and businesses including Elongtress Hair Vitamins and Urban Gyal which all fall under the umbrella of my company Coils Media Ltd.

About Alma


I’m Alma Ruddock, the founder and editor-in-chief of Blackhairinformation.com.I stumbled on a hair care forum back in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair, and quite possibly my life, forever! I immediately started to transition to natural hair and started BlackHairInformation.com as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to help others achieve their dreams too.My three passions are hair, art and entrepreneurship and I love to be able to bring my unique view on hair growth and successful hair journeys to our readers. I am an eternal optimist and workaholic. In addition to BHI I have founded quite a few other websites and businesses including Elongtress Hair Vitamins and Urban Gyal which all fall under the umbrella of my company Coils Media Ltd.

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  • Net

    This is so true. You’d think I’d have figured this out a long time ago, especially when I only do my girls hair once a month and their hair is down their backs and mine (which I used to take down, moisture, and put castor oil on my scalp every night) is at bra strap length in the back, but it’s thinner since I used a bad henna that made me have an allergic reaction and shedding. I used to do my hair every 10 days, then I guess I had information overload and started moisturizing all the time, but I had to take my twists either down or undo them. I finally decided to stop doing that (before reading this article) weeks ago, because it seemed like my hair just kept acting weird, like it was telling me to leave me alone. I know it might sound weird, but a lot of times our hair does let us know to leave it alone, it’s just if we really stop and listen. So that’s what I’m doing, just stopping and letting the water settle so to speak, so I can really see what’s going on.

  • Looks like it

  • This is pretty amazing!! Great article

  • Omg. I’m so
    sick of babysitting this hair. Ugh!

    • Amen. Lol

    • There’s TOO much information about natural hair, black women are getting confused with all thar info and are doing too much to their hair. Just find a SIMPLE regimen and stick with it

  • well I mean. .. you also have to consider that some forms of moisture that people shove down your throats on the daily, are not suitable for everyone because of allergies or medical conditions. Before you claim coconut oil is everyone’s miracle moisturizer, consider some people’s allergies. And before you shove drinking a lot of water down others throats consider the ones who for example only have one kidney and too much water will make it collapse :p
    Different strokes for different folks. Sure, advice is very much appreciated but a lot of the time people cross the line between giving advice and GIVING advice.

  • I don’t believe that our hair doesn’t need moisture. ALL hair types need it,no matter what race you are.

  • I think the trick is to not touch it much…men dont play with their hair much and many got long hair…so much do and don’ts

  • I went 15-20 years without using moisturizer and my hair was healthy as ever. Using coconut oil was perfectly fine .

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  • This picture is killing me… Lol

  • This is a great example of different strokes for different folks. I grew my hair passed waist length and I manipulate my hair daily most days. I can’t even get second day hair so I have to redo braid outs and twist outs. But I also moisturize daily. Some people have to even with protective and low manipulation styles.

  • Hair hair just don’t know what to do with it at times want my curls back but have heat damage and don’t wanna cut it cause I’m trying to grow it so I use almost all these oils which makes my hair very oily then it makes my skin break out so I’m in a bad situation

  • Kami, your hair looks nice and healthy

  • Why remove my original comment as well as others.The dudes hair in the pic is moist but him face dry and need moisture, that’s the truth!

  • Why remove my original comment as well as others.The dudes hair in the pic is moist but him face dry and need moisture, that’s the truth!