One of the reasons why a lot of women are reluctant about going natural or are quick to cut their Natural hair journey short is mostly due to the “dry hair epidemic” in the Black hair community. No matter how many products we use on our hair, it seems like nothing can keep our kinky* coily hair soft.
You might even be thinking that your hair is against you and it enjoys frustrating you. But if you look deep down into the reasons why your hair is always dry, you’ll soon find out that it’s because of some of the things that you’re either doing to your hair or are not doing to it.
Here are 6 Reasons why your hair always feels dry and what to do about it.
1. You’re using way too many products!
Ever heard the phrase “less is more” or “too much of a good thing could be bad”?
I’ve heard of naturals who will use a leave-in conditioner*, styling cream, styling gel, and other product combos just to achieve a simple hairstyle such as a twist-out.Layering too many products on your hair will not only weigh your hair down, it will also cause a product buildup that can leave white residues in your hair.
Also, applying too many products in your hair can leave it feeling greasy, sticky or even stinky. Another reason why using too many products is bad for the health of your hair is that it doesn’t allow your hair to absorb any moisturizing cream that you might decide to apply on your hair at a later day.
2. You’re not using enough products
I always giggle at product instructions that recommends using a pea-sized or dime sized amounts of their products in my hair. You see, Type 4 Natural hair is very coily and so products applied to the hair must be applied to small sections of the hair at a time so that the entire hair can receive equal amounts of nourishment.
This means that a mere pea-size amount won’t do the job. To ensure that your hair stays moisturized for days, you want to ensure that you apply generous (but not too generous) amounts of products on your hair, starting from the tips and working your way down to the roots, just make sure that you work in a downward movement.