One of the most common complaints amongst curly girl is that keeping their strands moisturized can be difficult. It's true; curls are more prone to becoming dry much more quickly than other hair types. The coiled S shape of curls makes it more difficult for natural oils to move down the curl shaft. The porosity of your curls also means they may or may not be able to hold onto moisture for very long. Here's what you can do to help your curls stay moisturized for longer:
Deep condition often:
Regular deep conditioning treatments are great for curls. It helps add back in moisture, strength, and softness. Try deep conditioning at least bi-monthly to get these increased benefits.
The right sealants:
Sealants are important for keeping moisture locked into curls. Sealants are oils, butters, or creams. If you wet your curls without applying the correct sealant, moisture can't stay in. For low-density curls, select a lighter sealant like oil or leave in conditioning spray. Thicker, coarser curls need a correspondingly thicker, heavier conditioner. You'll want to pick creams and butters.
Moisturize more often:
If you go long periods of time between moisturizing, it will be that much harder for curls to retain moisture. Increase the amount of time you're moisturizing; for example, spritz curls with water morning, noon, and night. You can also dampen curls, apply a leave in conditioner and then seal with an oil.
Use protective styles:
A light protective style can help curls retain moisture. Make sure not to pull or over manipulate strands, as this can damage your curls. Braids, buns, Bantu knots, and other lower manipulation styles can help curls retain moisture.
The right products:
Every curl needs something different to be successful. Products containing synthetic ingredients can actually cause more harm than good. Instead, purchase products containing these moisturizing ingredients: jojoba oil, honey, aloe vera, and shea butter.