Every naturalista knows (or SHOULD know) that ending "wash day" without sealing in the moisture can end in a dried out disaster, even excessive hair breakage.
I don't have time for all that foolishness. And you know what? That won't happen to me or you because we'll discuss the 3 best ways to seal in that moisture in order to keep your hair moisturized, healthy and ready to GROW!
We've had many articles about choosing the best hair conditioners, so now let's lock all the goodness in!
Three Major Moisture Locking Methods
There are 3 primary ways to seal moisture into your luscious locks after deep conditioning: moisturizers and hair milks, natural oils and proven leave-in conditioners. You do not have to use them all but here are the differences so you know what will work best for you.
Moisturizers & Hair Milks
Unless you are using the water only hair washing method, you'll suffer from
definitely deal with moisture being stripped from your hair after washing, even co-washing your hair does this to some level.
Hair moisturizers help to retain moisture that you lose from shampooing with commercial shampoos and keeps your hair moistened between wash days.
Naturals who would rather use something that's more lightweight often opt for a hair milk for natural hair.
Although most natural hair moisturizers are water-based, it is best to apply them while the hair is wet so it can retain as much moisture as possible, as they are most effective when locking in moisture that is already on your hair strands.
These excellent natural hair products are packed with humectants, emollients, and oils. These are also great options if your hair is protein sensitive.
Some naturals follow up their conditioner treatment with only oil while others layer oil on top of their moisturizer or leave-in conditioner ( for best-selling products read this article...).
The practice of using oils on your hair after washing is known as "sealing", the practice of sealing after washing reduces the rate of moisture loss, which is critical for healthy hair.
People will use oil as a part of their L.O.C. method to prevent dryness, reduce frizz, and push wash day back a couple more days if possible.
Leave-in conditioners are loaded with strengthening and moisturizing properties. They are meant to periodically replace your daily conditioner or deep conditioner.
If you're in a hurry and don't have time to allow the ingredients in your daily conditioners and deep conditioners to absorb, then use a leave-in conditioner.
Note that NOT ALL leave-in conditioners are formulated with hydrolyzed proteins, so the bottle may say leave-in conditioner even though it works more like a moisturizer. Always check the ingredients list.
Many naturals have a love for leave-in conditioners because they are usually a lightweight product for hair, give you great slip, and add moisture and strengthening benefits to natural hair.
If you have fine to very fine hair strands you may find that you won't need to ever seal with oil because most moisturizers and leave-in conditioners tend to be formulated from lots of oils and butters, enough for fine hair.
If you have fine strands or looser curls and waves, then a hair milk is a great option for you.
Whenever you want a refresher between wash days but don’t feel like doing a co-wash, try reviving your natural hair with a little moisturizer to quench your dry and parched ends.