How To Keep Curls Moisturized
It's important to keep curls well moisturized. Curls don't naturally moisturize themselves due to their naturally coiled shape. Coils make it much more difficult for natural oils to work their way down the shaft. Instead, curls need some extra help. How To Keep Curls Moisturized
Here's how to keep curls moisturized.
Curly girls don't get a day off with curl care if they want healthy curls. This means you'll need to moisturize and seal your curls daily. Use a water based leave in conditioner to rehydrate strands. You can use water, aloe vera gel or juice, or conditioner. Seal your strands with shea butter, or an oil, such as coconut oil.
Wet hair weekly:
It's very healthy to saturate your curls 1-2 times per week. This helps revitalize your curls, leaving them softer, healthier, and easier to manage. You can cowash at least once per week, and saturate your curls in the shower 1-2x per week, or as needed to refresh.
Some curly girls who are prone to dryness will skip the conditioner all together in favor of a good quality deep conditioner. Apply from the midshaft down, cover your curls, and allow them to sit for at least 30 minutes or longer if curls are extra dry.
Oil isn't moisturizer:
Many curly girls mistake oil for a moisturizer. However, oil cannot replenish lost moisture to your strands. Coconut and olive oil do penetrate into your curl's shaft, but these oils don't provide moisture. Hydration can only be accomplished by using a water based product on your hair. If you're only using oil on your hair, you might notice your curls are dry. Try hydrating your strands and then sealing the ends with oils to lock that moisture in.
Remember the scalp:
Healthy curls start at the scalp, so don't forget to to apply water or aloe vera juice regularly to keep your scalp fresh and hydrated. Apply directly to the scalp at least weekly, or more as needed. Massage your scalp with your fingertips to help break up and remove build up, oil, and dandruff.