Adding moisture to your new growth not only reduces friction in your new curly hair but it helps to strengthen the line of demarcation making sure your are not making an already fragile situation much worse.
If your your new growth is dry there are few things you can do to reverse the Sahara dessert feeling and create something a little more like the center of a jelly donut, well not quite but you know what I mean!
The first suggestion would be to set the stage, start out with a moisture based deep condition using heat or steam. Deep conditioning your entire head will give you a great foundation to begin your new ‘operation moisturize everything’ regimen. Try to pick a deep conditioner* that has water and other moisturizing agents as the main ingredients.
If you don’t have a deep conditioner* in your stash and no time to buy one or get in the kitchen and make one. Great moisturizing ingredients include honey*, bananas, avocado, oil or even that plain tub of greek yogurt that you have been ignoring all week. Yogurt contains plenty of protein so adding some to the mix cant hurt, it only helps to strengthen the hair while adding moisture and shine.
It is also important to make deep conditioning* a weekly event while you are still learning about your hair. Once you have your regimen down and you are comfortable handling your hair without fear of breakage, you can adjust the regimen to suit your lifestyle.
Moisturizing the new growth
Once you have established the foundation, you want to practice a regular moisture regimen every two to three days or even everyday depending on your hair needs and the climate.
Always use a water based product to moisturize, water based leave in conditioners or moisturizers. Apply the product directly to the new growth massaging and smoothing as you go along to ensure full coverage.