10 Things to do When you Have Dry Afro Hair
When it comes to caring for afro hair everyone’s experience is different. From kinks and curls to afros and coils, even two people with a similar hair texture will likely have completely different styling routines. But, one thing that we can all relate to is dryness.
Dry afro hair is one of the most common complaints but it’s not impossible to fix if you know-how. If you’re dealing with dry ends that just won’t quit or endless frizz that you can’t tame then it’s time to up your hair care routine and we’re here to help!
Here at 10 important things that you can do to improve your dry afro hair.
Why do we get dry afro hair?
Dry afro hair is usually a result of a lack of moisture. Our scalp produces natural oils for our hair, however, unlike straight hair which allows these oils to glide down each strand, the oils in afro hair find it harder to move down each shaft. This means that while your scalp may be soft and moisturised the ends can become weak and brittle – one of the reasons why many people believe that afro hair cannot grow past a certain point.
The key to combating dry afro hair is to establish a good routine. You should think about the products you’re buying, the styling technique you’re using and how you are wearing your hair. Getting clued up on all these areas will help you to understand your hair’s needs, and soon enough you’ll be doing them without a second thought.
How to combat your dry natural hair
Use curly-friendly products
One way to ensure that you’re feeding your hair good ingredients is to avoid products that contain sulfates, silicones and parabens. These ingredients often give the feeling of a moisturised slip but in fact dry out the hair and weigh down your curls. The Curly Girl Method is great for this, however, don’t be too strict on yourself. If a product is working for you and has made a noticeable difference to the condition of your dry afro hair, then great! Just be mindful of these ingredients.
Do you currently use oil in your hair routine? There are a few ways that you can incorporate oils but the most important step is to work it through the lengths of your hair not just your scalp. The L.O.C (liquid, oil and cream) styling method can help to seal in moisture and make your styles last longer. If your hair starts to feel dry throughout the week, loosely part your hair and apply oil to your scalp and ends. The ends of your hair are most vulnerable as they are out in the elements, come rain, wind or sun so take care of them.
Do more protective styles
It’s a good idea to give your hair a rest every so often. Instead of washing it and wearing it out every week, have a break and do some protective styles. Braids and twists are easy options to keep your hair tucked away. Again, this will help lock in moisture and promote growth.
Deep condition regularly
If you’re not deep conditioning your hair then your curls are seriously missing out! Hair masks and treatments are amazing for dry afro hair as they are packed with restorative, hydrating ingredients that your hair is crying out for! Masks can be done every week whereas treatments can be done fortnightly or monthly. For additional benefits, place a small bowl in a larger bowl of boiling water, add one scoop of your hair mask and add in some oils. Heating everything up a little will provide a more penetrative treatment.
Care for your curls at night
Looking after your curls isn’t just about what you do on washday or throughout the day, you need to care for it at night too. Cotton pillowcases can draw out the moisture from your hair not to mention all the tossing and turning your hair is put through as you sleep. Wrap your hair in a satin scarf or bonnet or invest in a silk pillow to keep your natural hair soft and frizz-free.
5 products for dry afro hair
Following the L.O.C method we mentioned before, Afrocenchix has done the hard work for you with their Moisture Surge Set. Complete with moisturising spray to sheen the hair, oil to seal everything in and nourishing cream to smooth every strand.
Love Row Naturals
Using 100% natural oils, Love Row Naturals offers three nourishing hair oils for softer, more manageable locks. Despite being lightweight, these oils pack a punch with botanical oils such as sweet almond oil, rosemary, jojoba and sweet orange.
Naturally Curly Winner 2019 and 2020, Righteous Roots oil is a multi-purpose oil that’s perfect for combating dryness. Use it as hot oil treatment, pre-poo, scalp massage oil or to add in moisture after styling.
Roots Double Effect
If dandruff is a problem for you, then the anti-dandruff shampoo and total care could be just what you need. Sulfate-free, paraben-free and vegan friendly, the products are made to promote healthier hair by fighting the signs of dandruff and generally rejuvenating your hair’s condition.
My African Pride
With a selection of hydrating products for curly and coily hair, one thing to look out for is the curling cream made with shea butter and flaxseed oil. For a bouncy, soft hold this cream will keep your curls defined and nourish from root to tip.
Dry afro hair is not something you have to live with and it’s never too late to improve its condition. Reevaluate how you are treating your hair and remember, moisture is everything! Follow our top tips and your hair will thank you later!
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