Repair Damage Beforehand
Heat damage, split ends, color damage, and “dead” hair can all prevent moisture from completely penetrating the hair shaft. In fact, layering creams and butters(affiliate link) on top of irreparable or irreversible damage is a lot like slathering your hair in grease; it may coat the top of your hair and give the illusion that it’s working, but it has no benefit.
If you really want to keep your hair moisturized from root to tip, you’ll have to take care of any damage. Whether this means transitioning out of damaged relaxed hair or cutting off parts of your curl pattern that were ruined by heat, you must do it.
Of course, this can be a long process with no true quick fix other than cutting your hair so you’ll want to avoid this by practicing healthy hair habits and staying on top of any damage you may have so it doesn’t become worse.
Try Steaming Your Hair
Hair steaming is basically applying moist heat to your hair instead of dry heat from a blow dryer(affiliate link) or flat iron(affiliate link). There are various methods of natural hair steaming at home if you don’t own a hooded hair steamer.
You can saturate your hair with conditioner, wrap it in a hot, moist towel, and sit under a hooded dryer(affiliate link). You can also invest in a handheld hair steamer(affiliate link), vapor diffusers, or a microwavable heat cap for a fraction of the price.
If you’re still unsure about hair steaming, just check out all the benefits!
Aside from the steam itself adding moisture, it also lifts the cuticle for better product absorption, refreshes and defines curls, and helps cleanse the scalp for a better environment for hair growth. If you are in the market for a great steamer(affiliate link) we highly recommend the Q-Redew Handheld Steamer that can also help you to detangle your dry natural hair.
Build It Up
Oh how tempting it is to slather on a handful of cream instead of starting with the recommended dime-size amount. Truth is, a dime-size of anything isn’t going to work for most of us–it just isn’t enough sometimes.
However, starting with a small amount of product and building up how much you use can actually be beneficial when trying to cover every inch of the root, tip, and everything in-between. It could also help you avoid over-saturating your hair which can cause a ton of unwanted breakage and build up.
Start off with damp hair and a small amount of your product of choice, and continue to build up how much product you use until your hair is as moisturized and defined as you want it to be. This will give you full control over how your hair turns out in the end.