As people with curly hair, we know that moisture is key to keeping our locks looking healthy and defined. But how and when do you know that your hair needs more moisture? And what's the best way to give it what it needs?
Keep reading for the ways to know if your hair needs more moisture and the best tips on how to keep your curls nourished and looking their best!
But First, Some Background About Hair.
Hair consists of amino acids and proteins called keratin. The keratins can be burnt out when you repeatedly over-style, constantly pulling your hair and accumulating environmental stressors such as pollution and dirt. When they burnt out, they leave gaps in the hair leading to damaged hair, breakage, and dryness. This dryness means that your hair does not have moisture.
Long-term use of chemical substances can also damage and leave your hair dry. Similarly, overusing heat tools like curling irons and straighteners can also be among the reasons your hair may lose moisture. When your hair lacks moisture, it is normal to feel dry, brittle, or rough. Additionally, it may look dull, tangle easily, and be prone to split ends.
However, there are hair types like curly and textured hair, which tend to be naturally dry and need to be moisturized more frequently.
So, How do you determine whether your hair needs moisture? Keep reading to find out!
Do the Elasticity Test
This simple test requires you to take a strand of your hair and observe the texture using your fingers. When you stretch the strand of hair and find that it feels rough and dry, breaks easily and doesn't stretch, it means that your hair needs moisture.
Alternatively, your hair is fine when you pull your strand of hair, and it doesn't snap unless you use a lot of force.
The Hair Appears Dry After Washing
Typically, after you wash, condition, and applying styling products to your hair, it should feel smooth, soft, and even shiny. If you realize that after washing your hair, it still appears dull, this is an indication that your hair lacks moisture.
Consider applying a deep conditioner to your wash routine to hold moisture and brighten your dull hair. There are many hair masks and deep conditioning treatments for all hair types. Therefore, finding the right deep conditioning treatment will neither be expensive nor time-consuming. Moisture treatment will help control the water your hair absorbs and retains.
When Your Hair Easily Breaks Off
If you start noticing your hair is not growing and constantly breaking off, it's a sign that it is dry. Dry hair will break off easily compared to hair which will help to solve such a problem by locking in the moisture to prevent your hair from being brittle and dry.
Difficult to Style
Often, it isn't easy to style your hair when dry. When you find difficulty in styling due to dryness of the hair, you should apply hydrating products to your hair every time you style. That way, it can lock in the moisture and combat any dryness.
Massive Split Ends
If your hair has many split ends, it is a sign that it needs moisture. Begin by cutting off the slit ends to help your hair grow long and healthy. Keep your hair hydrated all the time by washing it very consistently and applying moisturizing products.
Start using a deep conditioning treatment once a week, and make sure you're using a shampoo and conditioner tailored to your hair type. Use a leave-in conditioner between washes to help keep your hair hydrated. By taking some steps, you can help ensure your hair stays healthy and looks its best.
If You Have Dry and Flaky Scalp
Another easy way to tell if your hair needs more moisture is to take a look at your scalp. If your scalp is dry and flaky, it's a good indication that your hair could use a little more hydration.
The Solution and Recommended Products
Since using regular shampoo too frequently can dry out hair due to its high pH, we like to alternate in our Creamy Hair Cleanser.
Made with apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil, and peppermint oitl, our Creamy Hair Cleanser is a conditioner based, pH balanced conditioner-wash and scalp scrub made to gently clean your scalp and hair without drying it out.
We then like to use our Dreamy Hair Cream - made with shea butter, chia seed oil, and jojoba oil - for much needed added moisture. Our Dreamy Hair Cream can be used as either a rinse-out or leave-in conditioner (though we also use it as a deep conditioning treatment by leaving it on our wet hair for 15 minutes).
To finish off, and for a little extra hold, our nourishing, yet protein-free, Silky Smooth Flaxseed Gel does the trick by hydrating our hair with moisture and nutrients like vitamin E, magnesium, and some much needed Omega-3s.
Final Take Away
If you're noticing your hair is feeling a bit dry lately, don't worry – it can be repaired! Understanding the causes of dry hair and using the right products and treatments can bring life back to your locks and curls.
We hope you are enlightened with useful tips on how to know if your hair needs moisture and how to give it what it needs.