*This is a collaborative guest post
Moisture is essential to the health of your hair. You may not realize it but all hair, regardless of colour or natural style, is made of a protein called keratin. It’s strong and rigid when thick yet surprisingly flexible when thin, like in hair strands.
But, to keep your hair healthy it needs moisture. Each strand of hair is 25% water. It acts as a barrier to pollutants and helps to keep the hair strong and in the right shape. If your hair doesn’t have sufficient water it will be brittle and break easily. In short, you need to keep it moisturized.
This is particularly relevant if you have curly hair as the lack of moisture is likely to affect it quicker. Fortunately, the following 5 tips will help you to keep your curly hair moisturized.
1. Moisturizing products
The first thing to do is make sure you use moisturizing hair products. That means using natural products, such as the ones in the Kerastase range which have plenty of water and protein in to keep your hair healthy and moisturized.
In short, water-based products are far superior to chemicals and other products.
2. Keep It Trimmed
It’s normal for the ends of any hair to dry out and this is especially true when you have curly hair. The best way to ensure you don’t experience an issue is to get your ends trimmed at least every 3 months if not more often.
If the ends of your hair split they will no longer have a smooth cuticle finish and are likely to tangle and break. Keeping them trimmed helps your hair look and feel fantastic.
3. Wash Every Other Day
Washing with chemical-based shampoos is bound to damage your hair and dry it out. But, even using natural ones can be harmful if they are overused. Instead of washing your hair every day try to wash it every other day.
This gives your natural oils time to spread down the hair strands between washes. As the natural oils protect, moisturize, and give your hair a natural shine, that has to be a good thing.
4. Dry Gently
Rubbing your hair with a towel causes friction and risks damaging your cuticles. Instead, invest in a couple of t-shirts just for drying your hair. If you choose cotton t-shirts they are soft meaning they are less likely to damage your hair. They are also effective at soaking up water. Simply wrap your hair and let it dry naturally to maximize moisture retention. Avoid dabbing it!
5. Use Natural Oils
Your scalp produces oils that move down each strand of hair to protect it and strengthen it. You can help by adding essential oils, such as coconut or argan oil. These help your natural oils, improving the look, feel, and moisture level of your hair.
In short, you’ll look and feel fantastic and that’s great for your confidence as well as your hair.