There are times when you will need to do a full blown co-wash versus just a light spray using a concoction in a spray bottle.
If you are relaxed you might decide that after a major wash day, just one co wash during the week is enough to maintain moisture until wash day again.
If you are natural you may decide to moisturize and seal nightly depending on your hair type or environment. Either way you need to be in tune with the needs of your hair enough to make the right decision.
Moisture Is Always Water Based
We get questions all the time about dryness with lengthy descriptions of the oils* and butters* that were used to add moisture. Oils* and butters* seal in moisture they do not add moisture to your hair.
If your hair is dry and you put oil in it, you have just made a dry situation worse. Ensure that when you are adding moisture to your hair, water (aqua) is the first ingredient in your product or at least half of the base of any concoction you make yourself should be water.
Create The Right Foundation
Earlier I mentioned deep conditioning* as a great way to start out the week and really it is the best way to give your hair the large dose of moisture it needs to start a hectic week.
Even if you choose to use a protein based product for your deep condition session, the protein will actually help with moisture retention especially if you are suffering from high porosity strands.
Protein makes up the building blocks of the hair strands and as you plug any holes or correct any damaged areas you are ensuring that the moisture you add to your hair remains there along with some great sealing techniques of-course.
Originally posted 2013-08-16 15:00:26.